Grass clippings in flower beds growing???

chrisf_2009July 15, 2009

My wife insists that the remnant grass clipping left in the flower beds after mowing the lawn are taking root and propagating into the flower beds. I don't believe that cut grass blades can take root and grow. I think they just decompose and the grass growing in the beds is coming from another source; root propagation from the lawn into the beds most likely. Can anyone shed some light on this for me. Can grass clippings grow?



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you are correct the clippins will not root. BUT the grass seed mixed with these cuttings is germination
The grases flower & produce seed several times a year

    Bookmark   July 16, 2009 at 10:43AM
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brandon7 TN_zone(7)

Sorry, that's not correct. Grasses like Cynodon (Bermuda Grass) can and often do root from stolons (above ground horizontal stems). In fact, this is a commercially-viable way sometimes used to propagate certain grasses.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2009 at 3:57PM
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Excuse me but grases most often grown in WA (Blue grass, Rye Grass & Fescue) will not be propagated by clippings but by seed or division.
Chrisf could have prevented the confusion if had been specific as to grass type

    Bookmark   July 17, 2009 at 9:27AM
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little_dani(9, S. Tex Coast)

Both are correct. Some grasses, such as St. Augustine, will root from node cuttings as well. We stomp them into wet ground all the time, to fill in 'bald spots'.


    Bookmark   July 18, 2009 at 12:14PM
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