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TRENTON, N.J.—A sure sign of spring is the cacophonous sounds of lawnmowers cutting swaths across yards throughout Mercer County. The Mercer County Improvement Authority and Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes urge land owners in Mercer County to “Cut It and Leave It,” saying the grass clippings left behind instead of bagged can help develop a greener lawn that is healthier to the environment and can save families money on costly fertilizers.

Grass clippings left on your lawn actually act as a natural fertilizer, protect the grass roots from the harsh sun and conserve moisture. Clippings help to create a thicker, healthier lawn, thereby giving weed seeds less of a chance to germinate.

“Grass clippings are organic and certainly don’t need to be part of our solid waste stream. You can help reduce the amount of collected waste by practicing Cut It and Leave It,’’ said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes.

For more Recycling Tips, go to, and for an online resource chock-full of environmentally friendly strategies for every day, visit Mercer County’s online Green Living Guide, through the Mercer County Office of Economic Development and Sustainability, at