Re-Thinking Lawns and Lawncare
Lush green lawns are undoubtedly beautiful, but if you aren’t smart about their care, they can quickly become a drain on your resources and the environment. Here are six ‘green’ ways to keep your lawn looking its best.
Use sustainable grasses and groundcover
If you’re laying a lawn for the first time or considering replacing your existing lawn, choosing environmentally friendly groundcover, which need less mowing, watering, and fertilizing, will help to cut your carbon footprint as a result. One place to start with this is finding out which species thrives the best in your local climate.
From there, a conversation with your local nursery can help you narrow down your options for species of groundcover that will flourish without too much involvement from you, or the resources you’ll need to sustain it.
Choose an eco-friendly lawn mower
Gas-powered lawn mowers are notoriously bad for the environment, but you might not realize that just one hour’s use is equal to driving a car for four hours in terms of pollution. Electric and solar-powered mowers are reasonable alternatives, although a hand-powered mower, such as the Qualcast Panther 30, is the most eco-friendly option available.
Use organic fertilizer
Fertilizer can help you to maintain a lush lawn, but many shop-bought brands contain chemicals that are harmful to children, animals, and the environment. To combat this issue, you can switch to an organic brand such as Fire Belly Organic Lawn Care or Chickity Doo Doo, or for a completely eco-friendly solution, you can make your own organic lawn fertilizer using dandelion roots or nettles.
Put your lawn waste to good use
Rather than bagging up your lawn clippings and condemning them to landfill, you can recycle them in your own yard. Adding a mulching blade to your mower and leaving the clippings on your lawn acts as a natural fertilizer, although you can also add clippings to a vegetable patch or compost heap. You can use shredded leaves and bark for the same purpose.
Deter garden pests naturally
Whether you have a problem with unwanted mammals, insects, or gastropods, there are plenty of chemical-laden products that will help you with pest management. These products are often hazardous, and they have the added downside of keeping birds away from your yard.
Natural and organic products work just as well to deter unwanted pests. You can add coffee to your soil to deter slugs, cats, and deers, while fox urine pellets will keep skunks, rabbits, and squirrels away.
Rethink how you water your lawn
Watering lawns accounts for almost a third of residential water use, but up to 50 percent of that water might be going to waste. There are a number of water conservation methods you can use to save precious H2O in the garden. Easy to follow tips include watering your lawn earlier in the day to cut evaporation, using mulch around the base of plants, and collecting rainwater to reuse in the garden.
A green lawn by green methods is beautiful and gives evidence that you care about the environment. You can put many of these tips into practice with very little effort, so why not change how you care for your lawn today?