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Leaving yard waste, such as grass clippings and small amounts of leaves, on the lawn after mowing is almost always easy and healthy for your lawn. In fact, leaving clippings and small amounts of leaves on the lawn for an entire summer gives your lawn the equivalent of one fertilizer application.
Times you shouldn't leave clippings and grass on your lawn includes when the grass is unusually long or if the leaves are quite deep, resulting in matting in the suffocation of the grass still growing on the lawn.
The Owatonna Yard Waste Compost Site accepts yard waste for a fee. Click here for more information on Owatonna’s Compost Site. Contact your city office for information on other community compost sites in Steele County.
Yard waste may also be composted at home. Grass clippings, leaves, vines, garden wastes, sticks and other organic materials turn into a beneficial natural soil amendment over time when placed in a pile, exposed to moisture and turned periodically. Compost improves drainage and soil texture in clay soils, improves moisture holding capacity and soil texture in sandy soils and increases utilization of plant nutrients in a soil with poor organic content. For information on building and maintaining a home compost pile, call the Steele County Recycling Hotline at 507-451-5443
State law prohibits yard waste from being buried in a landfill, so these biodegradable wastes cannot be placed in household garbage.