The Simple Right Way to Use Grass Clipping as a Garden Mulch – Conserve Water!: Two Minute TRG Tips

The Simple Right Way to Use Grass Clipping as a Garden Mulch – Conserve Water!: Two Minute TRG Tips

Grass clipping are one the best mulches to use in your garden to reduce weeds and conserve water. Tomatoes love this type of mulch. Add thin layers each week and you’ll have a wonderful garden mulch for the entire season. Turn it under late fall and the worms and soil life will love it.

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50 Comments

  1. Adam Wiseman on November 9, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    I have always put thick grass on mine that heats up and Iv never had a problem. I do have billions of worms now.

  2. PSD on November 9, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    Do you remove the clippings when you harvest your vegetables or do you leave it there "forever"?

  3. Alan McCaugherty on November 9, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    I bought a used push mower with a bagger exactly for this. I use it for leaves in the fall and now after watching this video will use grass clippings also. Thanks for the tip! Cheers

  4. Speed Buggy on November 9, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    Does the grass clippings keep out the weeds as well?

  5. Blasermann on November 9, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    I’ll definitely do that for my tomatoes. I’m growing over 50 peppers. I’ve been contemplating on what to use. I have some in containers and raised beds. Any suggestions?

  6. Fran Grant on November 9, 2022 at 9:23 pm

    I’m assuming that grass clippings that are a few days old are fine? I’m trying it this year with ones that are already turning brown but won’t go for a thick layer-just a half inch as you said.

  7. Lily Yuan on November 9, 2022 at 9:23 pm

    How do you use grass clippings without getting grass seeds in your beds?

  8. Jackie Kerr on November 9, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    I use newspaper to keep weeds down and grass clippings on top

  9. Tina Branch on November 9, 2022 at 9:26 pm

    That is wonderful HOWEVER what about weeds

  10. Nancy Alberghini on November 9, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    Gary doesn’t this bring in weeds though that are in your lawn?? (Seeds etc)

  11. Daniel Cave on November 9, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    Thanks for the information

  12. LJE3 on November 9, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    Is it ok if I do this if I have weedy grass?

  13. Bryce Sawyer on November 9, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    I have been wanting to try this but my lawn has so many dandelions! Those things make so many seeds! I am worried that my raised beds will end up full of dandelions.

  14. Mopardude on November 9, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    I been doing this for years, never knew about that putting it on thicker makes it cook off faster. I have always put it on thinner under my plants and real heavy in the rows and walk areas. I have noticed the heavy areas do break down quicker but I always believed that was from a combination of the sun exposure and being walked on, and the thinner material under the plants was being shaded and was always decent. Weeds get out of hand fast in my garden one of the reasons I go so heavy. Just planted the garden yesterday, this year I will try being more conservative with it and see how it works for me.

  15. Dawn Morning on November 9, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Thank you. Great tip.

  16. Baby Pam Cottage on November 9, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    So happy I came across your video, this my 2nd year gardening I was wondering what to do with the grass clippings. Thanks

  17. Andy Ferguson on November 9, 2022 at 9:37 pm

    The concept is great. However I don’t want to put grass clippings in my garden and have potential weed seeds germinate in my garden.

  18. Pam Kaufman on November 9, 2022 at 9:38 pm

    I have been using grass clippings in my gardens for years now. It started out of necessity. I just didn’t have the money to buy anything else but it has worked so well that I continue using it. I put it on thick the first year and it got hard and moldy so I learned quickly less is better and have had no problems since.

  19. Going Green Mom on November 9, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    Would this be okay around radishes too?

  20. Rosie Thurman on November 9, 2022 at 9:39 pm

    Can you do this with dried grass too?

  21. keale s on November 9, 2022 at 9:40 pm

    Wow! I never thought it mattered if I used green or dry grass (month old). Could you explain a little more please?

  22. Donna R on November 9, 2022 at 9:43 pm

    Do the grass clippings introduce weed or grass seeds into the beds?

  23. Nora Coolen on November 9, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    Great tip, thanks

  24. Map Of The Soul: Tag Me on November 9, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    Can I use grass where I have pulled out the roots? Would that make new grass grow?

    Also, does it matter how big or small the grass pieces are?

  25. Tara Smith on November 9, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    This is great. I’ve been soaking grass clippings in a bucket of water for a few days, then use that water on the plants, then letting the clippings dry as a mulch on the garden bed, but this is much easier.

  26. Karen Wittfoth on November 9, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    If grass keeps the weeds down, should I wait till the seeds to sprout before putting grass on?

  27. Neil Jones on November 9, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    This is a great idea. Can you use clippings if you have used Weed and Feed fertilizer? I am thinking no.

  28. Edward JLo on November 9, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    Gary, it’s no wonder you get blight on tomatoes.
    I prefer cardboard chips and shreds.

  29. Jacqueline Christmas on November 9, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    When you start do you water your plants, then add the mulch.

  30. Darlene DeSilva on November 9, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    What about the grass seeds? Do you have to weed out the grass seeds that start growing?

  31. Cherokee Rose on November 9, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    My neighbor told me about grass cuppings in 1979, been using it ever since, I am reading your book. It is interesting, even though I have been gardening for over 55 years. I did learn a thing or two.

  32. Eric Schofield on November 9, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    You don’t worry about the seeds in your grass clippings? I know that my mostly native yard produces a ton of seeds from late spring through October.

  33. Indiana Garden Bird Sanctuary on November 9, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    I’ve started using grass clippings but mine have a lot of weeds. Won’t that cause weeds to grow?

  34. Judy Pierce on November 9, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    How about mixing the grass clippings with straw?

  35. Jerry Ross on November 9, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    Quick question. When I put the clippings in my vegetable raised bed, can I still water the raised bed or will the clippings get ruined?

  36. Paul Harris on November 9, 2022 at 9:59 pm

    I can’t help but picture William Dafoe.

  37. Robert Kattner on November 9, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    Grass is the only thing we grow, fertilizer, water and then cut it and throw the clippings away.

  38. Kriss Gross on November 9, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    I use clippings, but mine are usually already dry from drying on the lawn. I mulched my tomatoes,peppers, and cucumbers today with the clippings I raked up from mowing yesterday. After my peas and corn comes up I’ll be mulching them too.

  39. Kevin C. on November 9, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    I have some aggressive vining plants in my yard that clippings will root so can’t use the grass. Any other suggestions? Would shredded leaves work well?

  40. C G on November 9, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    Is there any concern for grass seeds with using this as mulch?

  41. riaz zaman on November 9, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    Will this be good for keeping weeds out too?

  42. Michael Worley on November 9, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    eveytime we use grass as mulch it grows a whole bunch of grass growing in the garden bed Could we prevent that some how

  43. Off Grid Grandpa on November 9, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    Grass clippings are the best, and it is so good at retaining water that you will rarely have to water your veggies, or in my case just once per season. My small tip is to leave some space between the veggies and the clippings, just a couple of inches so it doesn’t touch the plant, sometimes veggies can get burned or diseased if it is in direct contact with the mulch. Wood is also good for mulching but, if your growing seasonal vegies you want those nutrients as fast as possible and that’s why grass is so good, it breaks down in a matter of days. Excellent video

  44. Ron Alan on November 9, 2022 at 10:06 pm

    Who woulda thought.

  45. NICK C on November 9, 2022 at 10:08 pm

    Great video. I’ve been doing this method and it is awesome. It works and the plants love it. ❤️

  46. teffy Vargas on November 9, 2022 at 10:09 pm

    I did that and got weeds 😂 maybe was too thick

  47. Jared Grubb on November 9, 2022 at 10:09 pm

    I have a whole bunch of huge grass plants around the house. I leave them throughout the winter as they provide seed for the birds when there’s snow on the ground. In spring I use the chainsaw and chop them down just above their base. Chuck them in the yard and mulch it all up with my zeroturn. Then I rake it to a new spot so all the remaining seed is left behind where I chopped it up. I then go back over it with the tractor for a final mulching and bagging to use for a nice light fluffy dry brown seed-free mulch. Works really good if you’ve got some small young seedlings, no fear of damaging them. I get almost a full cubic yard from all my grass plants

  48. Melissa Nielsen on November 9, 2022 at 10:10 pm

    Thankyou like this format simple easy to remember.

  49. TheOceanviolet on November 9, 2022 at 10:11 pm

    I’ve used grass clippings before & it forms an impenetrable mat that won’t allow water to penetrate! So I don’t like using as a mulch in my garden.

  50. keale s on November 9, 2022 at 10:12 pm

    Can I use bamboo leaves as mulch?

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