Fine Turgrass Management

Fine Turgrass Management

Steve Cook, CGCS, MG - Director of Agronomy

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Lawn Clippings

I have had several people ask about catching clippings when mowing, either here at the course or at home. Contrary to popular belief, returning leaf clippings does not substantially contribute to the buildup of thatch as leaf tissue is composed of about 90% water. (Over fertilization is the main culprit to thatch accumulation.)

Returning clippings adds needed nutrients to the soil.  Research has shown that lawns where clippings are returned have a darker green color and need less Nitrogen. It is also good for the environment: removed clippings must be either stockpiled or composted.

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