Everyone likes the beauty of a lush, green lawn that is weed-free and healthy. But is your green lawn really “green”? i.e. Is it earth friendly ? Is it in harmony with nature?
You can have a green lawn and still be “green” or “eco-friendly”. Here are some ideas for lawncare and ideal of the green lawn .
Choose the right kind of grass
Start with the kind of grass in your lawn. It is important to choose grass that will thrive in your climate. If you are living in the North or Pacific Northwest, you should plant fescue and Kentucky bluegrass, which survive well in these cooler and humid climates. If you live in the South or Southwest, you should plant zoysia, Bermuda and St. Augustine grasses, which survive well in warm and humic climates. In the semi-arid plains or other cool areas, your best best is Buffalo grass.
Feed and nourish your soilï»¿ï»¿
After finding the best grass for your area, it’s time to make sure your soil is nutrient rich and healthy. Use organic products instead of synthetic fertilizers to feed your lawn. Though more expensive in the beginning, organic products will pay off over the long haul. For example. organic fertilizers last longer than synthetic fertilizers, which means fewer applications of the organic fertilizer. Important note: Just because you are using an organic fertilizer, it doesn’t mean you can be careless with its usage. Organic fertlizers can cause water pollution just as synthetics can. So be sure to sweep the fertilizer off sidewalks or driveways back onto your lawn to prevent water pollution.
Keep the weeds under control
Pests are pesky. But before you reach for the toxic synthetic pest control product, give an organic, non-toxic pest control product a try. Today, there are plenty of safe pest control alternatives in the market. So you have no excuse to choose to add more toxic chemicals to your lawns to control weeds and increase pollution to our streams, rivers and the ground water. This helps maintain an organic lawn.
ï»¿ï»¿ï»¿Improve your watering habitsï»¿
Most people over-water their lawns. If you have moss growing on your driveway, or sidewalk edges, then it is a sure sign that you are over-watering your lawn. A cheap solution is to use an inexpensive lawn moisture meter to know for sure how much water you are giving your lawn. If you can afford it, an intelligent lawn irrigation system may be your best bet.
Are you tapping into a free source of water in your home? Think rain water! You can collect and reuse rain water. You can easily harvest rain water by placing a barrel under your gutter’s downspout. With that, you’ll have plenty of rain water for free. Nature’s own gift to you!
Next, do you hose your driveway every so often? If you, its time to kick that habit now. . Every time you hose your driveway, you are also washing away oils, toxic chemicals etc. which end up in rivers and other water sources, polluting them.
Be smart about mowing your lawn
Who knew that the exhaust from lawn mowers is a major contributor to air pollution? Now that you do, it’s time to choose a push mower. For health or other reasons if you can’t pick a push mower, you can do well to choose a plugin mower. It has a better (smaller) carbon footprint compared to gas-driven mowers.
Also, when you are mowing your lawn, you generate a very useful resource that you normally throw away – grass clippings! Choose a mulching lawn mower instead. Crushed grass clippings left on the grass by a mulching lawn mower provides food the grass, and conserves the amount of water needed for the grass to grow. Amazing isn’t it?
Say goodbye to gas-powered blowers
Are you using a gas-powered leaf blower? Did you know that they are a major source of pollution with a major carbon footprint? You’d do well to revert to rakes and brooms for eliminating your leaves. And while this extra effort may seem too onerous, you will be pleased to know that you will be getting the exercise you need in the process. That’s a win-win. You help yourself while choosing a method that is earth-friendly.
Don’t waste your yard waste
Don’t get rid of your yard waste. You can collect it and compost it. Composting is a simple way to transform yard waste, and other organic household waste like vegetable and animal product waste into a nutrient-rich compost for your soil.
Go “green” by choosing synthetic?!
What? How can choosing synthetic anything be compatible with going “green”? Consider this. Let’s say you are living in a high drought area, but have a serious addiction to lush, green grass in your lawn. Choosing the conventional way, you will be consuming huge quantities of water, a scarce commodity in your region – that is certainly not friendly to the place you live in. What choices do you have if you still wanted to be “green” in this situation ? One suggestion : Choose synthetic grass. Synthetic grass looks lush and can bring the green you wish to your yard. It can last for over ten years , and uses little water . And it does look amazingly real ! Imagine that! Finally! A synthetic solution that is actually “green”!
All in all, these are practical ways for ensuring that your lush, green lawn is also “green”, and friendly to the environment of which we are a part .