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Grass clippings in flower beds growing???

Posted by chrisf_2009 WA (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 15, 09 at 20:46

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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RE: Grass clippings in flower beds growing???

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

RE: Grass clippings in flower beds growing???

  • Posted by brandon7 6b (like 7b now) TN (My Page) on
    Thu, Jul 16, 09 at 15:57

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.

RE: Grass clippings in flower beds growing???

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

RE: Grass clippings in flower beds growing???

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'.


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