Jackie Thompson


Maintaining a beautiful garden takes more than just growing the right plants– it also means doing proper waste management. According to the Environment Protection Agency, yard trimmings accounted for 35.4 million tons or 12.1% of municipal solid waste in 2018. The primary sources of garden waste, also known as biological or green waste, include composed garden refuse like leaves, grass clippings, and domestic waste.

In most cases, homeowners commit time to perform a thorough garden clean out during winter. After cleaning, many property owners put their yard waste into skip bins or recycling bins. Garbage collectors then dispose of the waste in landfills. While this tactic sounds ideal, it’s not practical for putting your garden waste into good use. Bins also limit the amount of waste you can dispose of if you own a large garden. Keep reading to learn effective ways to deal with large-scale garden waste.

Consider Grasscycling

For many homeowners, growing grass is an essential part of designing a creative outdoor space for relaxing. After all, natural grass is good for the environment and its low-maintenance. However, when mowing, grass clippings generate a massive amount of debris that requires proper management to ensure your yard looks attractive. And that’s where grasscycling comes in.

As the name suggests, grasscycling is all about recycling grass clippings into the turf. Grasscycling offers many benefits, like returning nutrients into the ground and preventing thatch formation. Grass clippings also break down quickly and conserve moisture. If you choose to recycle grass clippings into your lawn, cut the clippings into small pieces using rotary or mulching mowers. That way, the clippings fall into the turf with ease and decompose faster.

Brush Shredding And Mulching

Besides recycling grass clippings into your yard, consider shredding brush to ensure your garden is free from debris. With the help of a shredder, you can convert brush into mulch and use it on bare parts of your landscape and planting beds to regulate soil temperature, conserve moisture, control weeds, tackle mud problems, and reduce dust. If you have trees that generate massive amounts of leaves, think of leaf mulching. To achieve the best outcomes, consider using a mower to mulch leaves into the turf.

Hire Yard Cleanup Services

Cleaning the yard and dealing with large-scale waste, such as grass clippings, shrubs, food waste, and leaves, is a daunting task. For this reason, property owners managing residential or commercial property choose to hire professional yard cleaning services. Many yard cleanup companies collect green residue and recycle it to reduce the amount of waste disposed of in landfills. With this in mind, check with your local municipality if they offer yard cleanup and recycling services as part of their garbage collection plan. If they don’t, invest time to search for reliable private yard waste recycling companies.

The desire of every property owner is to maintain clean and beautiful gardens. However, managing green or yard waste can hinder your efforts to achieve an attractive landscape, especially in large outdoor spaces. Fortunately, you can manage large-scale garden waste by grasscycling or recycling grass clippings, mulching leaves, and shredding brush. You can also hire yard cleanup and waste recycling companies to deal with massive green residue in your garden.


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