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Yard Waste Reduction

You can have a beautiful, healthier lawn and save money and time when using the strategy of “Cut It High, Let It Lie.” This program has been adapted by the University of Missouri Extension to meet the needs of our area.

When you mow at a height of 3 inches, mow more often and leave the clippings on the lawn, it allows the grass to develop deeper roots and crowds out weeds. Leaving the clippings makes lawns healthier and does not cause thatch.

CLICK HERE FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI EXTENSION'S 'DON’T BAG IT' LAWN CARE FACTS. The link also has useful information about when to fertilize.

  • Yard wastes, such as leaves, grass clippings and branches, have been banned from Missouri landfills since January 1992 and nationally since March 1995.
  • Yard waste accounts for approximately 20 percent of all waste materials.
  • Up to 25 percent of your lawn’s total fertilizer needs are supplied by clippings left on the lawn.
  • Clippings contain 80 to 85 percent water and decompose quickly.
  • University of Missouri research shows clippings do not contribute to thatch problems.
  • Average mowing time can be reduced by 30 percent when grass clippings are not bagged.
  • Besides saving time, you also save money by not having to purchase bags or pay for extra trash removal.