Grass blown into the street can easily
enter the storm sewer which utimately
ends up in our rivers and lake.
Grass clippings contain phosphorus, the nutrient that turns lakes green with algae. One bushel of fresh grass clippings can contain 0.1 lbs of phosphorus - enough to produce 30 - 50 pounds of algae growth if it finds its way to a lake or river!
Here are some simple steps you can take to carefully handle your grass clippings and help keep our water clean:
- Leave grass clippings on the lawn
- Direct grass clippings away from streets, driveways, sidewalks and other paved areas
- Sweep up grass clippings and return them to the lawn
- Set the lawn mower at a higher setting (over 2.5 inches), letting shorter blades fall back onto the lawn as natural fertilizer
- Sharpen mower blades every 1-3 years
- Mow when your lawn needs it, not on a fixed schedule
- Mix grass clippings with leaves and soil to make a backyard compost pile