Uses for Bagged Grass

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Mahoney3223, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. Mahoney3223

    Mahoney3223 LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
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    With all the rage being "green" these days, what do you guys do with your bagged grass BESIDES dropping it off at the dump. I used to bag a ton of grass but I went "green" and only side discharge now. I just found no use in bagging lawns and I had to dump my trucks every night and the cost was too much. Anyone have any innovative uses? Anyone compost it and make their own mulch? Do tell. :dancing:
     
  2. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    never bag. always side discharge. use G6 blades it's the same as mulching pretty much.
     
  3. Mahoney3223

    Mahoney3223 LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
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    Yep, that's what I do now. I still have my Walkers, but they only come out for accounts that are paying extra for bagging or clean ups. Same with z baggers. Saves trailer space. And I was AMAZED at how much $$ I saved over bagging because most clients don't even know if you bag unless they micro manage.
     
  4. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
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    It wouldn't be mulch if it's composted. It turns to a rich top soil type dirt. Great for gardens or flowerbeds. You won't be turning grass clippings into mulch anytime soon. I save a given amount then once I have a season's worth, I load it up and dump it at a friends place that does a huge garden each year.
     
  5. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
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    Once i move into a bigger shop and im not sharing yard space, i plan to start a compost pile for grass clippings, leaves, pine needles etc....
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  6. Mikegyver

    Mikegyver LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thats pretty much what I am doing now. I have one pile that is mostly leaves and any other organics, then I have a pile that gets burned periodically, and then I have a pine needle pile. Pine needles don't break down very fast so I keep them separate. I have a guy that comes and picks up as many pine needles as I have, as soon as he quits I am going to start figuring out a way to sell them as mulch.
    Mike
     
  7. Moose's Mowing

    Moose's Mowing LawnSite Senior Member
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    you could buy one of those pellet mill machines and make pellets for stoves......prob a lot of work tho for not much return.
     
  8. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    Actually you certainly can use grass clipping as a mulch, but as-is, not composted...that's what we use as a mulch in our vegetable garden to control weeds.
     
  9. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
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    I dump all my leaves and grass in my backyard and get some nice dirt every spring. Composting is the way to go
     
  10. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    I don't know about this idea of hauling grass around to make compost there is more to it then just dump it on a pile. You gatta add fertilize, water, turn it. What does a yard of good mulch cost? $15:hammerhead: P ut a plate on the outlet of your mowers and leave the dust on the lawn and if they complain knock off a couple dollars.
     

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