Harvesting and Using Grass Clippings as Mulch to Conserve Water in the Garden





The interactive transcript could not be loaded.



Rating is available when the video has been rented.
This feature is not available right now. Please try again later.
Published on Aug 20, 2012

With drought being a persistent issue year after year, water conservation is becoming extremely important. For those who have the ability to irrigate their gardens, they need to be able to maximize what water they have. One way is to mulch around the plants, to keep the water from evaporating so fast. I have used straw and wood chips previously.

And now, I'm going in a different direction. I'm using grass clippings. With so much grass to cut each week, I have an abundant supply of clippings. I just needed a way to collect or harvest them. So, I bought a lawn sweeper. I put it behind my tractor and away I went. This thing did an awesome job of sweeping up the grass. I have a huge pile of clippings already, with more being added each week. I think this is gonna turn out to be a brilliant idea. :-)

Comments • 295

Shelita Williams
Nice episode! Thank you so much, gonna try this! I have a lot of weeds in my grass, is that ok and do you have to let it dry out before placing it around the plants?
View reply
Hide replies
The primary reason that I grow so much is to be able to help the residents here. Times are tough, saving money on groceries makes sense to me. However, almost no one is interested in fresh vegetables. They prefer fast food, junk food, and processed mess from the store. We do have a few that eat vegetables...very few. I figure the folks just haven't gotten hungry yet. But when the time comes...I'll be ready. :-)
That is too cool ! Thanks.
Mike Crane
If you will mix the wood chips and straw with the grass, you make good compost.. also the wood chips would be the best covering for your plants.. put down 10 inches or so of wood chips and with in a year all that soil will be black and full of earthworms and you will have perfect garden soil. You also wont have to water near as often.
Love this guy accent.
Mike Wilkinson
This guy's hilarious! Real southern legend!
Jess Yates
Good stuff man thanks for the info.  Great question below, does the grass need to be dry before your cover your ground with it? Do you compost with your extra grass?
Graham R Dyer
I tell you wot nipper You keep putting grass on your garden and after 2 or 3 years you will have the best soil in the hole USA .
Francis Roy
I also use my grass clippings to cover my garden. I would encourage everyone who does this to consider that if you lay it on too thick, at once, it rots in place and "burns" the soil. I have found it more useful to apply it thinly (about an inch) and evenly, and to repeat with each mow. Another good use, if one has excess grass clippings is to toss it onto/into a pile of branches. It'll eat right into the branches and reduce the volume very quickly, and leave you with a very rough compost that you can use in the less manicured areas of your yard or even as the fill-base of next year's garden box. I also use wood chips in my garden box. Once again, an error that made was to fail to allow them to break down first. Things only grow well in wood chips after the pile has sat for at least more than one year, otherwise it sucks up all the nitrogen, is mainly air pockets, and the roots desperately look for something to grasp on to and the plant does not do well. Hope that my errors serve you well.
View reply
Hide replies
Daaang MHP you're one smart cookie.  That trampoline cover.  Here I was thinking you'd be back at the end of the truck trying to yank it off, but no, stroke of genius, let's just do it the easy way.  God bless you and I'mstillworkin.  Have a great Independence Day!
When autoplay is enabled, a suggested video will automatically play next.

Up next

to add this to Watch Later

Add to

Loading playlists...