Skummy, Mucky, Smelly Grass Clippings

Anonymous added on April 17, 2011 | Answered

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?

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Answered on April 18, 2011

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.

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Answered on April 18, 2011

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.

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