Dry Your Grass Clippings!
The sign had to come down; five to eight bags of clippings per week was proving to be too much for me to handle.
I thought I could just dump the bags and spread the clippings as mulch, letting nature take its course. However, I’ve learned that you have to let the clippings dry before you can use them as mulch. Quite quickly I’ve developed a wet, matted mold problem. So this afternoon I forked the clippings across my yard to let the sun dry them. When I get a moment this week I’ll run the mower over them, mulching them into tiny pieces that will dry up even faster. Without proper air flow, the bacteria can’t do their work to compost the clippings. An frankly, wet, moldy clippings stink.
There’s still lots and lots of clippings that need drying; I’ve really got my work cut out for me. Eventually I’ll get this down to a science. In a year or two I’ll know the exact volume I need to mulch everything, and I’ll get it dried quickly. Until then, live and learn.