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Composting puts grass clippings and other yard trimmings to good use. On the lawn, it's as simple as mowing often and letting short cuttings fall. This keeps moisture in the soil and over time, puts nutrients back in the soil for lush growth.

Set your mower no shorter than 2.5 inches and cut the grass when itís 3-3.5 inches high. This keeps cuttings small, stimulates growth, and doesnít stress the plants (especially in hot weather). You can do this with any mower, but you donít have to be quite so careful about cutting height when you have a mulching mower, which shreds grass clippings more finely.

If the grass gets long and you mow often during a wet period, you can collect grass clippings and put them in a pile or bin with vegetable and food scraps, other yard waste and leaves and let them decompose. Turn the pile occasionally and in 3-6 months youíll have rich organic matter that will make almost anything in your yard grow better. Composting is an art for some gardeners! Learn more at: www.howtocompost.org.

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