What do you do with grass clippings?

I have masses of grass clippings. I have just mown the grass (I hesitate to call it a lawn!) properly on the highest setting and have about 8 wheelbarrows of the stuff. I have sprinkiled a 10cm layer on the compost heaps but do not really know what else to do. I have this problem every year and it often results in a slimy stinking mess. Does anyone have some advice about how to deal with it?  I would like to compost it but so far have not had much success.



  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 11,220

    ive got a lot of leaves that were swept up last year. I mix them up with grass cuttings, shredded hedge prunings and kitchen waste and it  makes compost.You can lay them as mulch around raspberry plants

    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,618

    We compost them with lots of shredded cardboard, partially rotted down leaves from last autumn and veg peeling etc.  If you put grass clippings on the compost heap add equal amounts of shredded paper/cardboard etc and stir it around regularly to let air into the heart of the heap - that'll stop it from going wet and slimyimage

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • star gaze lilystar gaze lily Posts: 11,255

    Our petrol mower has a mulcher, we then put the muched grass cuttings in the compost bin along with the veg peelings etc.

  • Hi 


    As Dove stated mixing the grass cuttings with the rest of your compost mixture is essential to creating a good compost, if you just throw it top of the rest of your compost it will  just turn in to a slimy mix that will pong a bit

    i would always mix in small heaps with the rest of the compost mix and give it all a good watering to get the heat process starting. As a rule, turning your compost so that you mix thoroughly and get air in to it will speed up the process. I do this about 3 times a garden season






  • BamboogieBamboogie Posts: 239

    In Devon i've been mowing since early March! I use my grass cutting to mulch around my bamboos, the warmth as it breaks down heats the soil incourages earlier canes to grow. And of course feeds them image

  • iGrowiGrow Posts: 183
    I earth up/mulch my spuds with grass clippings - makes for easy harvesting. The nitrogen helps as does the acidic nature. Do not use if the grass has been fed or if it it has been allowed to flower.
  • LynLyn Posts: 8,376

    I agree with verdun, too much nitrogen will produce more green plants than flowers and the acidity wont help the brasicca beds surely, i had to lime mine because the soil is acid.


    We try to cut the lawns very regularly, the mower mulches and we dont pick up.  No good for first cuts though, some in compost bins, some to council tip.


    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • Thank you everyone. It will be the compost heap with cardboard & other bits in a stew!

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,754

    In the trenches with the spuds.  The acidity helps prevent scab and the nitrogen makes them grow.  As well as compost, of course.

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