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Eco-Friendly Lawn Care Tips

Apr 05, 2016
Diane Hoffmaster

Spring is finally here. With the warm weather comes singing birds, longer days and my favorite - gorgeous flowers. The bright sun and April showers also encourage our grass to emerge from its winter slumber and grow, requiring more and more attention. When it comes to caring for our lawns, there are plenty of options to help you reduce your carbon footprint. Everyone loves a healthy lawn, but how do you achieve that while treading lightly on this planet? Here are a few eco-friendly lawn care tips that might help!

home with healthy lawn 

1. Reseed smarter: Many areas of the country need to reseed grass in the spring to fill in bare spots left behind by disease or overuse. Choose a grass seed appropriate to your location and good for the environment (i.e., drought tolerant grasses for arid environments) and make sure to rake old debris from your lawn to expose some soil. After reseeding and watering thoroughly, lightly cover with hay or a light mulch to keep the birds from eating all your seed.

2. Choose organic fertilizers: There are a number of organic and natural fertilizers available to use on home lawns. Organic fertilizers are better for kids and pets, as well as our groundwater. By using fertilizer, you improve the health of your soil, promoting the overall health of your grass and landscaping plants.

3. Invest in a push mower: Not only do gas powered mowers give off carbon emissions, they are also loud and require a lot of maintenance. Look for an inexpensive push mower instead, which will reduce your carbon footprint while you get a nice workout mowing the lawn!

4. Invest in a rain barrel: Catching the runoff during a heavy rain will help keep your yard well irrigated without raising your water bill. If you cannot water your lawn using a rain barrel, consider alternatives to whole yard sprinkler systems (like a soaker hose or drip irrigation). Getting the water right to the roots of the grass allows you to use far less water than most traditional sprinkler systems.

5. Leave your grass clippings right where they fall: Rather than bagging up your grass clippings and leaving them for garbage pickup, just leave them right where they fall. The clippings will break down and provide nutrients for your lawn.

Having a lush, green lawn to run our toes through makes springtime so nice. However, the way we achieve that perfect lawn makes a really big difference when it comes to the health of our environment!

Do you have any eco-friendly lawn care tips to share?

Photo courtesy of Diane Hoffmaster.

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