When you need to get rid of the clippings, such as when your lawn is not in perfect shape or if you want to add a bit of mulch. The best time for burning grass clippings depends on how much material is left after mowing and what type of soil condition it’s in:
• If there’s still some green grass and weeds that aren’t yet dead, plant seeds or sod during this time. Your goal is to kill off all the unwanted plants without damaging any good ones. Aim for about four weeks after planting before removing the dead but still living turfgrass by turning it under with a rototiller or other digging tool (see Chapter 2).
• When your lawn reaches its optimum height, usually around six months from seed sowing, remove all dead leaves and twigs so they don’t burn up during the fall season. Also consider pulling out small plants that are no longer producing nuts (such as annual flowers) since these can cause problems later in life if they remain alive through winter hibernation/dormancy cycles, causing them to sprout again next spring!
• After shaping your new lawn into a uniform pattern with edging tools like trimmers and rakes over an extended period of time—up to two years for most perennial species—remove remaining vegetation from around individual plants using hand-held shears. Don’t forget shrubs too! Remove