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As organic gardeners, it's important to practice organic lawn care so we do not introduce pesticides to our compost. Here are a few ways to keep your grass healthy and the clippings organic so you can use the clippings in your organic garden.
A sign says it all at Lafayette’s organic garden near Metzgar Fields on Sullivan Trail in Forks Township.
To be honest, I usually leave grass clippings on the lawn; they break down and add valuable nitrogen to the lawn, keeping it green. (Contrary to popular belief, leaving grass clippings on the lawn does not increase thatch, a layer of debris at soil level that reduces light, air and water penetration. In fact, the decaying grass helps break up thatch.) But I will admit that leaving the clippings in place can sometimes look unsightly, and that is why many people rake them up and put them in the compost. As organic gardeners, it’s important to practice organic lawn care so we do not introduce pesticides to our compost.
Here are a few ways to keep your grass healthy and the clippings organic (so you can use the clippings in your organic garden):