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Old 10-12-2021, 07:44 PM   #1
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Default Yard Clippings….

Mowing the yard this evening got me thinking… What do all my fellow green screen neighborhood guys out there do with their yard clippings..? Are you a paid to have it mowed guy, or a do it your selfer?

For my do it yourself guys, do you sweep up the clippings and throw away? Do you bag while you mow with the mower?

Or are you like the other 99% of us who use that handy blower and push it down the sidewalk or drive way.. then blow it right into the street for all the street traffic to do as it pleases??

I’d like to hear what the consensus does with all the yard trash..!
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Old 10-12-2021, 07:46 PM   #2
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I will go without meals to be able to pay my yard guy before I cut my grass again.
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Old 10-12-2021, 07:49 PM   #3
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Not sure about where you live, but in my town there are city ordinances against blowing it into the street. I leave it where it lays because mowing is work enough and who even needs to get more tools out?
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Old 10-12-2021, 07:52 PM   #4
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I leave it lay in the yard. I blow it off the road into my ditch because my neighbors ride motorcycles and I don’t want to cause an accident.
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Old 10-12-2021, 07:55 PM   #5
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Mulch blades on the zero turn, if it bunches up I just run over it a few more times.
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Old 10-12-2021, 08:03 PM   #6
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I bag it and trash it. Gotta time it right so it’s close to trash pick up day lol
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Old 10-12-2021, 08:06 PM   #7
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I bag it and take it to the ranch and spread it around on the ground for a little nitrogen and mulch.
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Old 10-12-2021, 08:18 PM   #8
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Cut it high and let it lay
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Old 10-12-2021, 08:22 PM   #9
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Mulch it up. No clippings.
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Old 10-12-2021, 08:23 PM   #10
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I just leave them. Never considered doing anything else with them.


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Old 10-12-2021, 08:32 PM   #11
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Mulch it enough to where there’s no real visible clippings. Blow everything else back in the yard. I made the mess I’ll clean it up.


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Old 10-12-2021, 08:35 PM   #12
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DIY and when the leaves drop I shred and bag it and pile it up for compost. Rest of the year I just mow and go.
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Old 10-12-2021, 08:37 PM   #13
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I just mow it and don’t worry about the clippings.
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Old 10-12-2021, 08:50 PM   #14
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I just leave them. Never considered doing anything else with them.


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Yeah I don’t worry about it once it’s cut. I don’t let it get too tall. For the rare times it does, I’ll break out the sweeper and pick it up and take it to the deer lease.
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Old 10-12-2021, 08:56 PM   #15
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stack it around garden wait for it to dry, toss it, then till it in during fall.
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Old 10-12-2021, 08:58 PM   #16
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Mow it once a week so the clippings are short. Run the zero turn up and down the driveway to blow the clippings on the concrete back onto the grass. Blow off the front and rear porch or spray it off if the dogs have tracked mud on it.
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Old 10-12-2021, 09:04 PM   #17
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I have horses so when they add up in the bag I feed some to the horses
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Old 10-12-2021, 09:06 PM   #18
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The grass welcomes the cuttings. WHY? because the fertilizer you applied in the spring will help the lawn during the summer and into the fall.
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Old 10-12-2021, 09:15 PM   #19
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Mulch it up. No clippings.
Do this.
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Old 10-12-2021, 09:17 PM   #20
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I mulch the yard, then blow the sidewalk and street clipping back into my yard. Easy peasy. No mess, clean sidewalks, extra mulch in my yard.
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Old 10-12-2021, 09:18 PM   #21
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I mow my own yard. Clippings are good for the yard.
I live on 30 acres so there isn’t anywhere to blow it…
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Old 10-12-2021, 09:29 PM   #22
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Spring and summer, I mow often enough to not have grass clippings pile up. During the fall, I mow the lawn, then windrow the leaves. I hook a trailer to my side by side and load and haul the leaves to low spots in the pasture.
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Old 10-12-2021, 09:33 PM   #23
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I’ll bag up a couple of bags-worth if I need to bulk up the compost pile, otherwise it just goes right back out onto the grass. Dries up to nothing in a day or two.
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Old 10-12-2021, 09:43 PM   #24
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I bag it and take it to the ranch and spread it around on the ground for a little nitrogen and mulch.
Great idea. Half I recycle the rest I mulch. Never seen so many worms...
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Old 10-12-2021, 09:45 PM   #25
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To those who clean up the road of your clippings I want to say thank you. This biker appreciates that. We call those clippings “Green Ice”, many a wreck has happened and people have died because of inconsiderate people who blow their grass out into the road.
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Old 10-12-2021, 09:47 PM   #26
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I mow mine myself. 1.3 acres. Mostly try to mulch in unless it’s leaf season down here. I can make a 15’ diameter pile 3’ high during that time.
If I have good clean clippings I put them in the chicken coup. They seem to love it.
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Old 10-12-2021, 10:10 PM   #27
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To those who clean up the road of your clippings I want to say thank you. This biker appreciates that. We call those clippings “Green Ice”, many a wreck has happened and people have died because of inconsiderate people who blow their grass out into the road.
Yessir. I've had bikers stop while I'm blowing off the road, just to say thanks. I think it looks bad with the clippings in the road, anyway.
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Old 10-12-2021, 10:14 PM   #28
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Mulch it. Shouldn’t have clippings, left I wouldn’t think. May have to mow more often.
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Old 10-12-2021, 10:45 PM   #29
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I mulch the yard, then blow the sidewalk and street clipping back into my yard. Easy peasy. No mess, clean sidewalks, extra mulch in my yard.
X2, this. Wave howdy to my neighbors and passing folks as they see me blowing clippings back into my yard from the street and sidewalk. That street in front of my casa belongs to you and much as it belongs to me.
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Old 10-12-2021, 11:46 PM   #30
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I don’t have neighbors nor traffic to worry about but clippings stay in the yard for fertilizer, so long as you mow often enough it looks great.
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Old 10-13-2021, 12:07 AM   #31
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Mulch blades on the zero turn, if it bunches up I just run over it a few more times.

This here.^^^
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Old 10-13-2021, 12:34 AM   #32
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Put them in the compost pile
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Old 10-13-2021, 12:37 AM   #33
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I have a small yard with a lot of mature trees around. I mulch in the summer but when leaves start dropping I have to bag.

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Old 10-13-2021, 12:39 AM   #34
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Mulch kit/ blades and forget about it.

If you are getting enough clippings after a mulch kit install, you aren't cutting often enough.
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Old 10-13-2021, 09:03 AM   #35
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I sweep it with the pull behind tractor supply sweeper then dump it for the cows. It’s funny, I just have to start up the mower and they all come a running.
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Old 10-13-2021, 09:14 AM   #36
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Do it myself, use a mulch kit, and I blow any clippings from the driveway and road back into the grass.
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Old 10-13-2021, 09:21 AM   #37
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Sometimes we catch the bermuda in the bag and feed it to the cows.
Sometimes, we let it mulch on the yard.
A few times a year it gets put into the compost pile along with the cow manure (really great for the next year's garden).
Never, ever "trash it", that stuff is valuable.
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Old 10-13-2021, 09:25 AM   #38
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Mulch then blow clippings back into the yard. Ordinances in most suburbia against clippings in the street. They would eventually wind up in the watersheds via the storm drains. If every house in the neighborhoods did that it would severely impact flood control.
My old Honda just won't die but when it does, I'm done. Yard service after that.

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Old 10-13-2021, 09:25 AM   #39
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Blow it into the street and my neighbors driveways
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Old 10-13-2021, 10:14 AM   #40
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Feed it to the cows at the country place. When I start the mower they line up at the fence.
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Old 10-13-2021, 10:16 AM   #41
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I am one of the few rare folks who actually enjoying mowing with my non self propelled lawmower. I find its good exercise and gives me time to think and relax.
My yard machine mower has a mulch bag. When its full I have a dedicated 4'x4' compost area I toss it in. Though I have noticed that it doesn't appear to be breaking down like I thought it would? The center is not getting warm. I think I am going to have to jump on the youtuber machine and figure out what I need to add to get it started. Thinking I need to toss some table scraps in the center and a cup of red wigglers.
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Old 10-13-2021, 10:32 AM   #42
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Leave the clippings for nutrient cycling. Healthier for the lawn if you don't continually remove all of the nutrients associated with the clippings every time you mow. Won't need to fertilize as much. But to avoid excessive buildup, you need to mow often enough that the grass doesn't get too tall. If no ordinances against it, burn the lawn each winter to remove the thatch and get the nutrients back in the soil.
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Old 10-13-2021, 10:38 AM   #43
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Mow with a zero turn on 3 acres and grass just lays there, I push mow and bag my backyard area and usually will dump it out in the pasture for the cows to snack on.
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Old 10-13-2021, 10:57 AM   #44
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Sometimes it's cut & sweep if i need to replenish the mulch around some fruit trees. If I don't feel like sweepin, Throw the mulchin kit on the rider & done.
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Old 10-13-2021, 10:58 AM   #45
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I use a mulching mower then blow any remaining debris back into my yard from the sidewalks and street.
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Old 10-13-2021, 11:24 AM   #46
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Put them in the compost pile
This^ If you have a garden, composting is the best thing you can do with them.

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Old 10-13-2021, 11:29 AM   #47
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Feed it to the cows at the country place. When I start the mower they line up at the fence.
My dad did this with our horses growing up. They would stare at him until he was done.
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Old 10-13-2021, 11:37 AM   #48
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I mow my own. I mulch it back into the yard, or if its really thick, bag it and put in in the compost.
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Old 10-13-2021, 11:49 AM   #49
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Mow more often so clippings aren’t terrible, the clippings are recycled nutrients for your lawn, should almost never have to fertilize.
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Old 10-13-2021, 11:50 AM   #50
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I weedeat first, then mow with a mulching blade all around the house for about 20 yards out. After that it's up to the guy with the zero turn that I pay to finish mowing my two acres.
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