My landscaping neighbor, at my request, often drops off copious amounts of grass clippings. I'm usually unable to collect them and pile them into my compost before the rains hit. So I end up with a hot, wet, and very smelly pile of processing grass clippings. Are these scummy, smelly clippings worth keeping? Assuming they are, should I put them directly into my raised beds or through them on to my compost pile?
Skummy, Mucky, Smelly Grass Clippings
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
They are still ok to use, but I would put them in the compost pile. This is part of the reason you are suppose to have "greens" and "browns" in the compost pile. When balanced, it keeps it from getting smelly from too much green material.
Grass clippings are difficult to compost as they have a lot of chlorophyll.
I have had luck mixing them with in with my compost a small amount at a time.