using fresh grass clippings as a mulch

@suspenseful (40312)
Canada
July 9, 2007 3:39pm CST
My husband says if I use free grass clippings for a mulch, I will bring in weeds, but if I do not, I will have to buy some or else I will need a very heavy shovel to dig the hard dirt and bring up the strawberry plants as well. Is he right? The grass has bits of dandelions and thistles mixed in, but not the roots. He is also the type who would not buy blueberries at Safeway even though they were half off. Obviously he wants me to die before him. He was raised Mennonite and a lot of the men became widowers more than three times over in the last two centuries, so you get my drift. And I do not think the women all died in childbirth.
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5 responses
• United States
10 Jul 07
Fresh grass clippings will use nitrogen in the soil so that the plants do not get the amount that they need. If you pile it thick enough (after it goes brown) then it will not be easy for the weeds to get started and those that do start growing will be easy to pick before their roots get into the soil. Or you could put cardboard, newspaper or something else down before you put the grass clipping.
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
10 Jul 07
Thanks, I'll do that. It will be hard since my husband ties them in plastic bags for the garbage man.
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
11 Jul 07
I use fresh grass clippings as mulch in my garden and all my flowerbeds with great success. No weeds, moisture is kept in the soil where the plants need it and it slowly breaks down for food for the plants it is around. I also use a mulching mower when I don't need the clippings so they break down and provide natural fertilizer for my lawn. I haven't used chemical fertilizer in over 7yrs and have a lush lawn and tons of fruit and veges every year. Now, I tried using grass hay and wheat straw that someone gave me several years ago as mulch and never again. I had more weeds to dig/pull than I could count. That summer was my worst gardening nitemare ever.
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
12 Jul 07
I never had any weeds brought in by the grass, but my husband seems to think so. He grew up in Saskatchewan where everything was dry and his mother kept the garden clean, no mulch or anything. Here in Manitoba it is wetter and the weed seeds blow from everywhere. Besides I hate pulling weeds and it is much easier when the mulch covers the ground to pull them out.
• United States
12 Jul 07
Your right. If you keep your lawn mowed and not let the weeds get a chance to go to seed, the clippings are weed-free. I hate pulling weeds myself so that's the main reason why I mulch heavily with grass clippings. Weed seeds can blow from miles away. I have a gravel drive full of weeds to prove it. lol Wish I could mulch my driveway as well. lol Pulling weeds out of that is like pulling teeth. That's the only place I will use a chemical weed/grass killer.
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@carmelanirel (20976)
• United States
12 Jul 07
Here is a trick I got from my Father-in-law. We have so many trees that we can't compost it all, so I place the leaves around trees and in my garden. Then in Spring I remove the excess and it not only keeps the weeds down, it decomposes, leaving nutrients.
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
12 Jul 07
That sounds like a good idea. I put the leaves around the strawberries and they do help. We only have two, not counting those seedlings that spring up. Thanks.
@NucknFutz (180)
• United States
11 Jul 07
Grass clippings will contribute weed seeds. Be careful purchasing mulch..many such as Cypress mulch contain grass seed and may create a biggger problem. Try using a conventional hoe after you lightly water the soil to easily remove the weeds without harming the strawberries.
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
12 Jul 07
Okay. You pressed twice. I do not have to worry about watering, just wait for a rainstorm.
@NucknFutz (180)
• United States
11 Jul 07
Grass clippings will contribute weed seeds. Be careful purchasing mulch..many such as Cypress mulch contain grass seed and may create a biggger problem. Try using a conventional hoe after you lightly water the soil to easily remove the weeds without harming the strawberries.
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
12 Jul 07
I only have a large hoe. And I do not want to pull out the strawberry plants.