Trying to avoid chem herbicides, I used corn gluten (expensive stuff!) this spring. We're in Zone 6 northeast: Long Island, NY. I used 30lb. of the corn gluten on 3000sq.ft. just as forsythia blooms faded, our timing for crabgrass pre-emergent herbicidal use, as I understand it. Maybe it had some effect, maybe not. It did give huge dose of nitrogen to lawn. That and Mon-Wed-Fri sprinkler (4 a.m.) settings yielded lush dark green lawn. I mowed it high (3.5") to further inhibit weed germination; kept at it regularly (despite my wife's preference for close cropping). The lawn had been filled and overseeded last year; then I had sprinkler system installed. This was after we lost several large Norway maples and an old kwansun cherry to nor'easter, so lawn was filled with not just ground stumps but large surface roots snaking all over, which I had chased down and ground as well. The result has been bumper crops of little parasol mushrooms, a fungal blanket. I checked a field guide and found this species lives decomposing lawn matter. Lawn even has the occasional crop of stinkhorns, over some woodchipped areas. After talking with a local sod farmer, I cut watering down to once a week. He also suggested I'd overfertilized. So...should I be removing clippings? They're unsightly and don't seem to readily decompose. If removed, can I just bag 'em for eventual compost (we can't curbside them here) or add them to household scraps for the veggie garden? The grass gets kind of ripe, left in its own pile. And there's lots of it too. What can I do with it? Thanks.