Returning grass clippings to the yard keeps your grass healthy and saves space in the landfill. In fact, grass clippings contain valuable nutrients that can generate up to 25 percent of your lawn's total fertilizer needs. Grass clippings do not contribute to thatch since grass clippings are 75 percent to 85 percent water and decompose readily.
Leaves, grass clippings, weeds, prunings, dead flowers and ash from burnt wood can be composted... not only to reduce yard waste, but to nourish your landscaping. Composted materials provide important nutrients for soil and plants.
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Fruit and vegetables are not considered yard waste and should be put in with regular trash. Dirt, rocks and sod should be taken to a site seeking fill dirt.
Do Not Burn Yard Waste
Burning yard waste sends millions of spores aloft, causes breathing problems for many sensitive individuals and is prohibited by local ordinances.
Ohio Law further prohibits the burning of food wastes and other garbage. Also prohibited is the burning of any materials during an air pollution warning, as well as private burning of any items collected off-site. For example, a tree-trimming contractor may not haul branches and limbs to another site to burn.