Maryland Blogger: Leave it on the Lawn

Leave it on the Lawn

Leave it on the Lawngrass
This message was provided by the City of Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Mowing season is upon on. The City's Environmental Services Division encourages you to grasscycle. Leaving chopped grass clippings on the lawn allows them to serve as fertilizer, and it is the most environmentally beneficial method of dealing with them. Here are a few tips:
  • Set blade height on mower to 3"
  • Leave grass clippings where they fall on the lawn, but away from storm drains
  • Cut grass regularly so that clippings decompose quickly
  • Sharpen mowing blades at the beginning of the season
  • Mow the lawn when dry
  • Water the lawn only when necessary with about one inch of water
  • Water in the morning to minimize evaporation

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Roy Kelley, Associate Broker

Realty Group Referrals (Retired from RE/MAX Realty Group)

6 Montgomery Village Ave., Suite 200

Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Main Office:  301-258-7757 (You will not reach me at this number)

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Comment balloon 12 commentsRoy Kelley • June 06 2018 03:21PM


Roy, I sometimes mow without the bag, but don't like the grass clipping on my shoes.   After mowing, they always make their way into my house....

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 5 months ago

Roy, Good advice it is already so hot and muggy here, and it is only early June!

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert 5 months ago

Good tips and ones that I follow even in my rural home where I have my own well

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 5 months ago


This is wonderful advice.  When had laws in Los Angeles, the gardener would put the clippings in our compost barrel, so the garden benefited that way.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 5 months ago

Great post for all Roy Kelley mulching lawn mowers make this task easy!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) 5 months ago

My husband learned that several years ago. It makes the lawn lush and greener.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 5 months ago

I no longer have to worry about my half acre of lawn clippings after I sold my house last summer Roy. But your words do not fall on deaf ears as I agree....

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) 5 months ago

Good information for all citizens of the City of Gaithersburg.  This is how we do it in Florida as well.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 5 months ago

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 5 months ago

Good morning Roy. I thought that leaving the cuttings on the live grass kill the underlying grass.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 5 months ago

This is great information for those in your area, I am sure they appreciate you sharing!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 5 months ago
Montgomery Heritage Daysheritage
The Gaithersburg Community Museum and Observatory Park are among the nearly 40 sites participating in Montgomery County Heritage Days, a showcase of our region's rich history, culture and natural beauty. Activities take place on June 23 and 24. In Gaithersburg you can participate in solar observations both days at Observatory Park, with specially guided tours by David Doyle at 1 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. At the Community Museum, enjoy John Hadfield's Science Show on Saturday and Flumpa and Friends Out of this Worldscience adventure on Sunday. Both shows are at 2 p.m.Click here to learn more. All Heritage Days events are free. 
Dig deeper into local history with this week's in Depth article about Gaithersburg in the Civil War. Use the link in the right column.
Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 5 months ago