From reducing water usage and fuel emissions to facilitating a healthy ecosystem, practicing sustainable lawn care can have a huge impact on the environment — and your wallet. Here are a few simple steps you can take to make your lawn maintenance more friendly to our planet.
Don’t Overdo it
Too much of a good thing can turn bad, and that includes watering, fertilizing, and mowing your lawn. Water your lawn only in the early hours of the morning, and don’t exceed half an inch twice a week. Fertilize only at optimal times and no more than the manufacturer’s recommended schedule. Mow only the top third of your grass, leaving it 3 to 4 inches long and embracing pro-pollinator species such as dandelions and clover. All of these tips will improve your lawn’s health while reducing your environmental footprint.
Stick to Earth-Friendly Treatments
When fertilizing your lawn, use planet-friendly formulas that don’t contain potentially damaging pesticides. Look for natural nutrients, microbes, and compounds that will fortify and protect grass without harming the environment.
Enhance with Plants
An expansive green lawn might be the envy of neighbors, but acres and acres of untouched grass can be high-maintenance wasted space. Turn your yard into a functional oasis that benefits the earth too. Adding pollinator-friendly plants, layering trees and shrubs, and creating a veggie garden are all great ways to landscape more sustainably and make the most of your outdoor space.
Work from the Ground Up
Healthy soil is essential to healthy grass, trees, and plants. For deep, strong root systems that produce lush lawns and require less watering, you’ll need sufficient drainage, nutrient penetration, and airflow. You can remove thatch, soften ground, and aerate soil without the hassle of hard labor by treating your lawn with naturalsoil health products such as Thatch Buster and Root Booster.