Friday, November 21, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Environmental update: Grasscycling can help your lawn

By
From page A8 | March 01, 2013 |

By now, most people realize they can recycle newspaper, bottles and cans. What many people don’t know is that you can recycle grass clippings via grasscycling.

Grasscycling is the process of recycling grass by leaving clippings on the lawn when you mow. Grass clippings left on a lawn can quickly decompose, recycling nutrients into the soil and providing a free fertilizer for your lawn. Grasscycling can be practiced on any healthy lawn as long as the following turf management guidelines are followed.

Lawns can vary in their need for water. Most lawn grasses in California need about 1 inch of water every five to seven days in the growing season (spring and summer) and much less during slow growth months (fall and winter). Over-watering is not only expensive, potentially harmful to your lawn and wasteful, it also causes lawns to grow faster and requires more mowing.

Proper mowing is required for successful grasscycling. For best results, cut your grass when the surface is dry, and keep your lawn mower blades sharp. Follow the “one-third rule:” Mow the lawn often enough so that no more than one-third of the length of the grass blade is removed in any one mowing. Proper mowing will create short clippings that will not cover up the grass surface. You may have to cut the lawn more frequently when the lawn is growing fast, such as in the spring, but you may be able to reduce or stop mowing in the fall or winter when your lawn is growing slowly.

It is important to cut the lawn frequently enough to produce small clippings that will fall between the standing blades and decompose quickly. If a lawn is not cut frequently enough and long clippings are left on the lawn, it may produce a “hay-like” look that can be unsightly. Another tip to help your lawn — raise the mowing height in the summer to encourage your lawn to send roots deeper and protect your grass from drought and heat damage.

You can grasscycle with almost any mower. If you are buying a new mower, look for a mulching or recycling mower. You also may want to consider purchasing an electric mulching mower to reduce air pollution. The Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District occasionally offers a lawn mower exchange, where you can get a $100 discount on a new electric lawn mower when you recycle an old gas-powered mower. Visit YSAQMD.org for details.

When a lawn is properly mowed, watered and fertilized, grasscycling can produce a healthier-looking lawn.

* Mark your calendars: The 2013 bulky item drop-off days are coming Thursday and Friday, April 11-12, from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Davis Waste Removal, 2727 Second St.

Bring your unwanted bulky items: refrigerators and freezers (limit of two), large appliances, mattresses, furniture, sinks, bathtubs, toilets, wood scraps, scrap metal and other bulky items for free disposal. Electronics and other techno recyclables — such as TVs, computer monitors, microwaves, computer components, microwaves, CDs, DVDs, floppy discs and cassette tapes — also will be accepted for free.

This service is available for Davis Waste Removal residential customers only. ID will be checked at the drop-off. Commercial haulers and business materials will not be accepted.

For more information, visit DavisRecycling.org, or call DWR at 530-756-4646.

Hazardous waste will not be accepted at the bulky items event, but may be brought to the free household hazardous waste drop-off events every Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Yolo County Central Landfill on County Road 28H northeast of Davis. Bring your paints, pesticides, fluorescent light bulbs, household cleaners and expired medicines (no controlled substances) for free and safe disposal.

— Jennifer Gilbert is the city of Davis’ conservation coordinator. Her column is published monthly. Reach her at PWweb@cityofdavis.org

Comments

comments

Jennifer Gilbert

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

     
     
    UC regents approve 5% tuition increases

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    California unemployment steady at 7.3 percent

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
     
    A new home for the holidays?

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    Sierra Club calendars on sale Saturday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Explorit: Lecture illuminates state water bond

    By Lisa Justice | From Page: A3

     
    Apply now to take Master Gardener training

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Yolobus will reroute Saturday morning for Turkey Trot

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Help feed the hungry at Saturday’s food drive

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Volunteers sought to advocate for kids

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Village Homes gets crafty

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

     
    .

    Forum

    Nowhere to go, nothing to do

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    Davis voices concerns over new oil-by-rail proposal

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

    Cheers and Jeers: Katehi front and center

    By Our View | From Page: A10

     
    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10

    Council misses an opportunity

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    Together we can do so much

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    Have you read this book?

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    We DO have a water shortage

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

    .

    Sports

     
    Silveria has been there through thick and thin

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

    Whose seniors will go out in style at Causeway Classic No. 61?

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    LBSU takes down UCD in matchup of Big West’s best

    By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    UCD men get to 2-0

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Wire sports briefs: Kings cruise past Chicago

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

     
    Raiders beat K.C. to snap a 16-game skid

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

    Aggie women start 4-game homestand Saturday at 11 a.m.

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B8

     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

     
    The Purple Ones to play tribute to Prince

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

    ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1′ fails to catch fire

    By Derrick Bang | From Page: A11 | Gallery

     
    Wealth of Nations show is Saturday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

    Davis Feminist Film Festival accepting submissions

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    Come ‘Home for the Holidays’ and benefit school arts

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A11

    Founding pastor of UCC’s now-famous painting on display

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A12 | Gallery

     
    .

    Business

    Automakers debut key models at L.A. Auto Show

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7 | Gallery

     
    .

    Obituaries

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Friday, November 21, 2014

    By Creator | From Page: A9

     
    .

    Real Estate Review

    Featured Listing

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER1

    Professional Services Directory

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER2

    Lyon Real Estate

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER3

    RE/Max Gold

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER4

    Kim Eichorn

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER5

    Joe Kaplan

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER6

    Melrina A Maggiora

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER6

    Marcelo Campos

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER7

    Lennar Homes

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER7

    Tracy Harris

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER8

    Yolo FCU

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER8

    Team Traverso

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER8

    Travis Credit Union

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER9

    Coldwell Banker

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER10

    Ciana Wallace

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER12

    Diane Lardelli

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER12

    Jamie Madison

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER12

    Malek Baroody

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER13

    Wells Fargo Home Mortgage

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER13

    Julie Partain

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER14

    Coldwell Banker

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER15

    Karen Waggoner

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER17

    Jamie Madison & Associates

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER17

    Cynthia Gerber

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER17

    Dana Hawkins & Caitlin McCalla

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER18

    Chris Snow

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER18

    Open House Map

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER19

    F1rst Street Real Estate

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: RER20