Do You Bag Your Lawn Clippings? You could be doing something wrong!

To bag clippings or not to bag clippings? That is the question.

When it comes to mowing your lawn, some people have very strong opinions on whether or not you should use the bag on your mower to collect the clippings.

The simple answer, is no.

Generally speaking, it’s much better for your grass and it’s easier on you if you don’t bag your lawn clippings.

Clippings can help feed your lawn some of the nutrients it needs.

However, the most important thing to realize is, you need to look at your lawn, not the calendar, to decide when it’s time to mow.

You should never remove more than a third of the leaf blade at a time when you mow. When it’s prime growing season and your lawn is growing quickly, you might have to mow twice in a week. But, when your lawn’s growth slows down as part of its regular cycle, then you might not have to mow for two or three weeks.


A large reel mower being pulled across a lush sod field. You can see the small clippings are not being collected and are instead allowed to breakdown in the sod and put nutrients back into the soil.

Ultimately, you shouldn’t be seeing clippings on your lawn when you’re done. If you are, that means you should have mowed a few days sooner. Ideally, the clippings should be mulching into your turf.

One of the best things about growing a thicker, healthier lawn is that you will ultimately have fewer weeds to contend with. The grass will actually work to choke them out.

Another thing you can do to help your lawn is top dress it with BigYellowBag Black Garden Soil, which is proven to help plants grow larger and healthier.

Cameron Shimoda

Garden and Soil Enthusiast