How to Compost Your Lawn

In previous blog posts, we talked about how to fertilize your lawn, whether you should mulch or bag your grass clippings, and how to water your lawn in the most effective, eco-friendly manner. One of the least talked about and in our opinion, easiest, ways to boost your lawn’s health and vitality however is composting your lawn. Composting your grass 2 – 3 times a year as part of your regular lawn care routine is an excellent and easy way of safely and organically helping it grow to its full potential.


Compost is basically just decayed organic material that can be used in lawn care and gardening. If you don’t want to make compost yourself, it’s available at virtually any home and garden outlet.

The Benefits of Composting Your Lawn

There are several benefits of composting your lawn that make it a staple for anyone looking to improve their lawn care practices.

  • Compost is rich in essential nutrients for your lawn like nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium.

  • Compost works fast and you’ll notice a lot of its positive effects almost immediately.

  • It’s organic and environmentally-friendly.

  • Unlike fertilizer, compost won’t burn your lawn if you use too much.

  • Compost has trace elements that are beneficial for lawn care that aren’t available in most commercial fertilizers.

How to Compost Your Lawn

  1. (Optional)Aerate your lawn for maximum composting efficacy.

  2. Pick your compost – When selecting compost for your lawn, be sure to pick a finely-ground compost with particle sizes of 3/8 inches or less. This ensures that the compost will spread across your lawn evenly when you rake it.

  3. Drop the compost – Shovel out the compost in various piles across your lawn.

  4. Rake it out evenly – Use a garden rake to spread out the compost evenly across the entire surface of your lawn. When you’re raking out your compost, thicker layers don’t translate to better effects for your lawn. You want a fairly thin, 0.25-inch layer of compost to ensure quick decomposition and nutrient release.

  5. Water it in – After you’ve spread out the compost evenly throughout your lawn, water your grass for about 15- 20 minutes.

  6. Don’t mow for a week – Compost needs about a week to totally break down and for its nutrients to be absorbed by your grass. Don’t mow your lawn for about a week to ensure that you get the most out of your compost.

  7. That’s it! Enjoy a greener, thicker, eco-friendlier lawn.

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Nenad Dumanovic

Nenad Dumanovic worked for Yardly, the Lawn Care and Snow Removal Service Platform, as an Operations Coordinator. Read his posts for insights to maintaining the perfect lawn and property.