Home Outdoors Series – Should Your Grass Clippings Go Up in Smoke?

Really???  Leave it to folks in California to come up with an idea like this. I can understand that in the public sector there may be a need to deal with grass clippings (the lawn kind!) resulting from public parks, sports fields or government complexes. The idea of turning this waste into fireplace logs may be trendy but I think it’s a waste of time and money. Would it not make more sense to use the clippings for composting and/or reprocessing into an additive that local governments could use in place of nitrogen based fertilizer which they must purchase with taxpayers money?

Have a look below at this recent article from Houselogic and then leave us a comment with your opinion!

Up In Smoke!

New research turns grass into environmentally friendly fuel for your fireplace. But is that a good thing?

What’s going up in smoke in California these days?

If you answered “grass,” you’re right — although in this case it’s the kind you cut with a lawn mower.

Researchers at the Agricultural Research Service in Albany, Calif., have come up with a way to turn ordinary grass clippings into environmentally friendly fireplace logs. The goal of the ARS has been to find a way to use the tons of clippings from yards, ballparks, schools, and golf courses that every year go into landfills instead.

ARS chemist Syed H. Imam says the clippings are abundant and available free of charge, and that using them helps existing landfills “free up more space for other waste.”

The ARS takes dried grass clippings and mixes them with plant-derived waxes and oils that burn cleanly and help the logs retain their shape. The binders are specially formulated to emit few potentially polluting VOCs.

The team is also working on forming little nuggets that can be used to fuel pellet-burning wood stoves. The technology can be applied to other biomass leftovers, such as straw, corncobs, and corn stalks.

So if you’re wondering whatever becomes of those grass clippings you gather up and bag for pick-up, now you have an idea.

While the environmentalist in you may be pleased at the thought of reusing natural waste, remember that grass clippings left on your lawn will turn into free, nitrogen-rich mulch that feeds your yard.

Instead of bagging your clippings, let them dry in the sun, then spread them around your garden. Your plants will love it that you didn’t let all those soil nutrients go up in smoke.

What should the ordinary home owner do with grass clippings — bag ‘em or leave ‘em?

Leave us a comment!

You can read more about this at: http://www.houselogic.com/blog/fireplaces-chimneys/fire-logs-made-of-grass/#ixzz2EewHqFpl

About gvenice

I have over 25 years of electrical engineering and business management experience. I previously owned and managed a multi million dollar engineering firm. My work took me all over the globe, managing the construction of manufacturing plants where I built a reputation of providing superior service, getting projects done on time and within or under budget. My dedication to the fine details and logical approach to accomplishing tasks provide a huge benefit to my Real Estate clients. After selling my business and retiring to this area, I found a new passion in the Real Estate business and I bring to this business the same level of professional skill and conduct that has made mr successful in the past. My global exposure and extensive travel are also an asset when dealing with a customer base that is located worldwide. An avid boater, I have a thourough understanding of the waterways of East Tennessee and the intricacies involved in dealing with the TVA and the Army Corps of Engineers.
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