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Recyclopedia: Grass Clippings

Grass Clippings

Grass clippings are not allowed in the garbage. If you must remove them from your yard, take them to the Regional Transfer Station Compost Facility in Port Angeles (minimum charge $5)and some local businesses. The City of Port Angeles offers a curbside collection of yard waste. But don’t spend your summer bagging grass clippings! “Let the clips fall where they may". When you mow your lawn, leave the clippings on the grass. This is called “Grasscycling". For best results, sharpen lawn mower blades regularly, cut the grass when it is dry to prevent clumping of the clippings and cut less than a third of the blade height at a time. You can buy special mulcing mowers or you can mulch with any mower by just remowing the grass clippings. Clippings contain nutrients and bulk (mulch) which will help keep your lawn healthy. Clippings contain about 4 percent nitrogen, 2 percent potassium and 1 percent phosphorus. Even better, reduce the size of your lawn to only essential areas, and landscape the rest of your property in natural areas. To keep things looking “neat and tidy" you can buffer the natural areas from the lawn by cutting an intermediate strip of law at the highest mower setting your mower allows. If you let your lawn grow too long before you cut, and have extra clippings, you can compost them. For best results, layer them with dry brown materials such as dry leaves.

Disposal Options:

Compost Facility
Compost Facility