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Summer is almost here, so it’s a great time to bust out the lawnmower. It doesn’t matter if you have a push mower or a riding mower; you’ll have plenty of grass clippings when the job is done. If you’re wondering what to do with all those clippings, check out these five ways to reuse them.

1. Feed your grass with the grass clippings

A pile of grass clippings with a shovel
A pile of grass clippings with a shovel | via Getty Images

Did you know that grass can feed off cut grass? It can. Tom’s Guide says, “When cuttings of up to one inch are left to decompose naturally on the lawn, this will fertilize your grass.” The grass clippings contain nutrients like phosphorus, nitrogen, and potassium, contributing to a healthier lawn. You use a rake to spread out the grass clippings and create an even covering. Best of all, the grass clippings are free.

2. Turn the clippings into mulch

A man clear grass clippings from his yard.
A man working on grass clippings | via Getty Images

In addition to using grass clippings to feed your lawn, you can also use them as mulch for your garden. Place one to two-inch layers of the grass clippings around your other plants and shrubs. Doing so will add nutrients like nitrogen and potassium to the soil. Also, the clippings will break down naturally, so you don’t have to worry about having a mulchy mess.

3. Use it as bedding for animals

Do you have a pet rabbit or guinea pig? If so, you can make a small bed out of grass clippings for them. Make to dry the grass out first, and then you can stick it in their cages to make a warm bed. Also, be sure not to use any clippings that have been treated with pesticides or other chemicals.

4. Make a nutrient-rich plant spray

A lawn mower going through grass.
A lawn mower going through grass | via Getty Images

Also known as a “plant tea,” a fertilizer spray can be made from grass clippings. Tom’s Guides advises taking a bucket and filling it two-thirds of the way with grass clippings. Afterward, fill the rest of the bucket with water and cover it with a cheesecloth or lid. Keep the “brew” in the shade for two weeks. When the brew is ready, fill a watering can with it to fertilize the other plants, shrubs, and vegetables in your garden. You can also fill a water bottle with the brew and fertilize other household plants with it.

5. Use it for compost

A man adds to a grass clippings pile
A man adds grass to a pile | via Getty Images

You can also add the grass clippings to the compost heap. Since grass clippings will add nitrogen to your compost pile, they will add nutrients to the soil. Remember to mix the dried grass clipping with other composting materials like leaves, straw, or shredded paper for the best results. Also, turn the compost pile regularly to get the proper airflow and reduce smelly odors.

Grass clippings can really come in handy this Summer

When you mow your lawn this Summer, you will likely have plenty of grass clippings left over. Fortunately, there are plenty of uses for those leftovers, and that extra grass can really come in handy in other areas of your garden.


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