“Mulch mowing,” the practice of not bagging grass clippings or leaves, is used by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department to help keep recreation areas healthy. The cuttings decompose quickly and add moisture, nutrients and organic matter to the soil. The process saves time and tax dollars while also keeping the material out of landfills. Other benefits include reducing the need for turf grass fertilizer and water requirements, which minimize chemical runoff from entering storm drains and polluting waterways.

Residents can do the same with a mulching mower or a regular mower that includes a mulching option. The mowers cut yard material small enough to easily fall between existing grass blades.

If you prefer bagging, you can still “make mulch” by putting yard waste in compostable bags, available for purchase at many big box retailers and home improvement stores. The City picks up the bags for free as part of its Brush and Bulky Item Collection (BABIC) program and turns them into mulch and compost through a partnership with Texas Pure.

Website: www.cor.net/MakeMulch