Most “green” habits people ask you to adopt
require more work, not less. Bringing your own grocery bags (check).Riding a bike or walking instead of driving
(check). Installing a rain barrel (check). All which I’m happy to oblige since
my tree-hugging, granola-eating, hippie side is generally most dominant.
But when I learned there was a way to feed
my lawn and avoid fertilizers that required less work than my current method of
raking up grass clippings for the compost bin, my lazy side almost did a back
flip. Almost, meaning she considered it while lounging in a lawn chair and sipping
a home-grown mojito.
Let me introduce you to my new best friend:
Just Mow It.
Just Mow It is the simple practice of leaving
your grass clippings on the lawn. Yep, you just leave them there and they
quickly break down to fertilize your grass and add biomass to the soil.
Just Mow It requires three important steps:
Keep your grass at about three inches.
Mow twice per week in spring and fall. You
should remove about 1/3 of the grass’s leaf surface each time. Any more and you
hurt the grass. Ouch.
Mow when the grass is dry so you don’t get
If you are interested in learning more
about this lovely and slightly lazy “green” method of maintaining your lawn,
check out our website. You too can be sipping mojitos, watching your
lawn fertilize itself.
Post by guest-blogger and compost-lover Jenny Lohmann
Having had some glorious weekend weather has permitted me to
get out and tend to my garden and compost pile. I have two different compost
piles, one for leaves and one “working” pile.
Gathering my equipment: pitchfork, rake, shovel, and tarp, I
get to work. First, I use my pitchfork to move the unfinished compost on the
top over to my leaf pile. Next, I rake the stragglers, bits of twigs, seeds, and
vines to the side and… voila!
Hello beautiful compost, my homemade,
I happily shovel the finished compost onto a tarp to be
mixed later into my soil and potting mix. Any I have left over will be
sprinkled about my yard to add organic matter.
Before I disperse my home-cooked compost, I invite my
neighbor to view my labor of love. As any successful composter knows, it’s a
proud moment to see your compost finished and ready to nourish the life in your
yard. I look forward to a summer of coaching many classes of food scraps and
yard waste into seasoned do-gooders who make our soil a better place.