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When we mow, we want to leave the clippings on the lawn. They return a significant amount of nutrients to the growing grass.
You can even leave the clippings if you have a disease problem like take-all patch or another leaf spot disease. They don't add to the problem in any significant way. In fact, in our warm weather, they'll decompose quite rapidly, and naturally provide nutrients to keep your lawn healthy.
They also cover the surface and help reduce weed competition. In a diseased lawn one of the things that happens is we start to see more weeds as the lawn gets thinner. Remember, mow high, follow proper watering procedures, avoid broadleaf weed killers, fertilize sparingly, and leave your clippings! You'll be well on the way to a disease-free lawn.