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Many desert residents have learned about and incorporated xeriscaping into their landscape plans.  Xeriscaping, from the Greek “xeri” for “dry,” doesn’t mean rocks and cactus.  It means using drought tolerant and desert adaptive plants which do well in arid climates.  Check out the landscape at Town Hall in Apple Valley.  The use of native plants and desert adaptive plants forms a pleasing palette of textures and colors, yet does not require a lot of water to maintain.

Do you have a lawn?  In addition to requiring a lot of water, lawns generate approximately 300 pounds of grass clippings per 1000 square feet annually, or 6½ tons per acre each year.  That’s a lot of green – in several ways.  Do you bag your grass and throw it away?  Why?  Try “grasscycling.”

Grasscycling means instead of bagging the grass clippings, just leave them on the lawn. They are 80% water and decompose quickly.  Gone is the hassle of stopping every few minutes to empty the mower bag, or raking, or wrestling with expensive plastic trash bags.  Not bagging the clippings means less work.  It also means buying less fertilizer and using less water on your lawn.  You can reduce your mowing time by nearly 40% by not bagging, and you’ll spend less money on trash bags.  Best of all, leaving clippings on the lawn helps you maintain a vigorous, healthy lawn.

According to turf experts, grass clippings left on the lawn:

  • reduce water evaporation from the lawn.
  • facilitate better growth by keeping the soil temperature cooler.
  • recycle plant nutrients (the equivalent of one normal fertilizer application during one growing season).
  • do not contribute to the problem of thatch.

Click to download a brochure with more information on how to grasscycle.