Should I remove clippings?
The only time clippings should be removed is when the grass is totally covered with clipping after mowing. If you can see the grass blades sticking up through the clippings, you should leave the clippings. The clippings act as a natural fertilizer for the grass plants. Properly mown grass clippings do not contribute to thatch (see next question).
The new year is a great time to start learning about topics you don’t know much about.
Early fall is one of the best times to test your soil. A soil test can tell you if your lawn or garden needs critical nutrients and how much. This way, your plants and your wallet will stay healthy. You won’t waste your money applying fertilizer or lime that your plants don’t need.