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I have never used grass clippings for tomato mulch but can have all I want with our 5 acres I mow.   I Googled a lot about the subject but wanted some of yall's wisdom and input.

Question....how long should I let the clipping sit before using them or can I use them right after mowing?   I thought piling it and turning it for a week or so to dry it out first.

Thanks in advance for the help.

 

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I use grass clippings in my potatoes. Keeps the weeds down, but if it is wet and you walk on it, it is very slick. So be careful.


Disclaimer: All photographs uploaded here were taken for my own use. You do not see any weeds. It is your imagination.

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Dont know about anyone else but we experienced a lot more insect problems when we used grass clippings for mulch.

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I'd avoid adding it too thick as it will get hot. If you can I'd let it dry a few days and fluff it up once or twice before adding it to the garden. You will also likely introduce some weed seeds to the garden. With 5 acres do you happen to have access to leaves or even better leaf mulch? That would do great as a garden mulch. Also consider pine stray if you have lots of that too. 

Are you composting?

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7 hours ago, ButtaBean said:

Dont know about anyone else but we experienced a lot more insect problems when we used grass clippings for mulch.

Hmmmm, that could be a problem.   Well, I'll add them as I get it, and just mowed last night and can take it off if I see more pests because of it.

Thanks for the input.

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