What Is Grass Cycling?
- September 19, 2019
In America, lawns are a big deal! It is estimated that the number of maintained home lawns are over 58 million. And, on the 58 million lawns, we spend over 30 billion dollars each year! Considering the huge number of lawns, individually, they average over 1/3 acre each and consume $517 in lawn products and services. In addition, lawns consume roughly 270 billion gallons of water weekly, throughout the growing season.
Lawns greatly benefit homes and the environment. There’s really no reason not to have a nice lawn; property values increase, grass filters, cleans the air and slows soil run-off and erosion. Still, it only makes sense to maintain your home lawn in the most environmentally beneficial and advantageous way.
Grass-cycling, popular since the 1980’s, has been shown to have major benefits.
Importantly, grass cycling requires regular mowing. Take off no more than 1/3 of the blade per mowing. When the lawn is mowed less often, blades will be too long for quick, efficient decomposition and will pile up, helping create a layer of dead but undecomposed material called “thatch”, which can keep air, water and fertilizer from reaching grass roots.
Done properly, grass-cycling is a beneficial, recommended lawn care practice.