Cutting Grass

krnuttleJuly 29, 2014

I have noticed that some people when they cut their grass seemed to think it is best for their yard to blow the grass clipping into the road.

The only reason that I can see that they do this is to make sure everyone knows they mowed there yard.

As I see it there is no reason that the first couple passes on the edge of the road can not blow the grass back into the yard, and then use the mower to blow what gets into the road back into the yard. Even a ditch does not prevent this.

Am I missing something, and am I damaging my yard by not blowing the grass into the road?

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slick2211(7)

No no. You're not damaging your grass by blowing it in the street but the people that aren't blowing the grass back onto the yard are missing the benefit of the breakdown of the grass into their soil. Free nitrogen!!! This is a big reason why a lot of us mulch mow our lawns. If you mulch mow your lawn every time you mow your lawn will love you for it.
Good luck!!

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 10:18AM
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ForsheeMS(Lexington, NC)

Most of my neighbors do it. They normally wait to mow when the grass is knee high and cut it like they're mowing a golf green blowing piles of grass clippings into the street and leaving piles of clippings all through the lawn. Looks horrible! These same folks have lawns comprised of mostly weeds with a little fescue and common bermuda mixed in.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 1:08PM
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ilovemytrees(5b/6a Western, NY)

I mow that way, but because I mow once a week I'm not cutting a whole lot. The light wind normally blows it right back into my yard a few minutes later. I live way out in the country so no one really notices.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 8:06AM
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krnuttle

I notice it every time I drive down the road. We live about 10 miles from no where. What difference does it make mowing the edge of the road so the cuttings goes into the ditch rather that into the road. Yes it is the country, but you want to keep it looking natural and neat.

Neat does not include grass in the road and coke bottles in the ditch.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 8:23AM
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ilovemytrees(5b/6a Western, NY)

We don't have a ditch, the only option, based on our yard, is to either blow the grass inward towards our yard, or outward towards our country road. They are in the process of putting ditches in our area. They started last week, and they'll get to our house pretty soon. At that point no grass will go into the road.

I have a lovely yard and home and I take good care of it. I take pride in what we've done over the last 11 years. No one in my area has put more blood sweat and tears into their property.

I don't understand getting so hung up over light grass on the road for a few minutes. We all have our priorities, I guess..

    Bookmark   August 1, 2014 at 8:49AM
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