Being smart about your yard waste can save time and money and aid environmental conservation! Check out these tips to learn how to reuse and recycle some of this material.

Leave Grass Clippings

Grasscycling, or leaving short grass clippings on the lawn after mowing, can be beneficial.

Personally, it takes less time and energy to leave grass where it was cut.

In terms of environmental impact, clippings will also settle and decompose, and some nutrients and moisture will be returned to the soil, reducing the need for chemical fertilizers.

Compost Waste

Yard waste can provide material and nutrients that are essential for great compost. Green material, like grass clippings and weeds, add nitrogen. Brown material, like dry, dead leaves or sticks, add carbon.

Compost that results from yard waste can be applied back to your garden to enrich soil.

Create DIY Mulch

Instead of buying mulch, reuse pine needles, fallen leaves or tree trimmings as a DIY alternative. Mulch can slow weed growth and improve moisture and nutrient retention.

Follow Recycling Rules

Many municipalities offer curbside yard waste pickup, but materials must be prepared properly to be eligible. Check your local guidelines, but good practices include:

  • Breaking down limbs and other large objects
  • Properly bagging items
  • Ensuring bags are not overfull or too heavy
  • Placing bags away from storm drains


Learn more about Florida Friendly Landscaping Practices here.