Hey everyone… My question is about chemical residue on grass clippings. I live next to a park, the grass is cut regularly and is left to dry there. I’m tempted to use it as carbon for my compost because I’m really lacking it at the moment. I am concerned though that any spray used there may eventually transfer to my food if used in my compost. What do you guys think??
Hey Filipe, To answer your question I would have to suggest you don’t worry about the Chemical residue. our world is so penetrated by these sorts of substances that it has become virtually impossible to avoid them entirely. I say use the waist of this world to build a new one.
Hello, Filipe. I have killed garden plants by using grass clippings as a mulch, and left a vacuum which was quickly filled with fire ants. I have also heard of manure from horses fed herbicide treated hay ruining gardens even after composting. So I strongly advise against the use of any grass clippings in the garden.
If you have used fresh grass clippings, there is a high chance the resultant nitrogen drawdown in the soil has contributed to the demise of your plants. I wouldn’t automatically conclude that it was due to chemical residues. Also use of lawn clippings can prevent water penetration. Better to mix it up with other (coarser) organic matter.