Environmentally Aware Lawn Care

Low Impact Living and Lawn Care

I have gotten into quarrels with many over eco-friendly lawn care and many of the points used to refute my stand against chemical alternatives do have justification but what I am trying to put forward through this article is the practice of low impact lawn care. The points collected henceforth are from a post that was initially published on some website back in 2008. I continue to use these amazing tips that have benefited me as well as reduced the environmental impact of my lawn.

One

Rain water harvesting is an age old concept and one that can be easily applied to your lawn. Rain barrels are available in the market that you can use to recycle Mother Nature’s water. Place them beneath the gutter drain and watch how quickly it fills up.

Two

Be judicious with your water usage. Majority of us over water our gardens and lawns. If you find moss booming on the sidewalk or in the garden then it is a sure sign of excessive watering. A lawn moisture meter or an intelligent irrigation control system can help control water wastage and irrigate the lawn based on seasonal requirements.

Three

There is no need to hose down the driveway and sidewalks. Doing this carries chemicals and oil into the run-offs and gutters polluting the lakes, oceans and rivers.

Four

Using a push mower instead of gas powered mower helps in maintaining air quality and controlling global warming. Moreover, they are an excellent workout for your waist line. If you have a large yard, then choose an efficient electric mower.

Five

Don’t use a leaf blower as they add to carbon emissions. Stick to the age old broom!

Six

Recycle the grass clippings in the form of mulch as it is a natural source of nutrients for your lawn.

Seven

Compost yard waste and any green waste which you may have in the house. Composters for the backyard do not cost much and they provide you an endless supply of organic fertilizers.

Eight

Go with native flowers, grasses and plants that are best suited to the water, soil and climatic conditions of your locality. Besides they are gorgeous to have around and go great with landscaping efforts.

Nine

If you live in a drought-prone area but love the look of grass, forgo real grass and opt for synthetic grass. It needs no water and lasts years with little maintenance.

Ten

Start planning organic vegetables in your front yard or lawn. The right combination of greens will eliminate the need to use any kind of pesticide or fertilizer.

Eleven

When you do have to use pesticides and fertilizers go for non-toxic variants. They are great for plants and also for the soil and waterways.

Twelve

Solar lighting systems for the lawn or LED lights are a better alternative than what you are currently using. They last 5 to 10 times longer and are equally bright with higher efficiency.

Summer is the next season in change and it is the time when you are faced with the necessity of a sudden flurry of lawn activities such as mowing, fertilizing, watering and more. Did you know that many of these activities have a major negative impact on the environment? In fact, summer lawn care contributes to 5 percent of air pollution in the US and each summer, Americans spend a total of 20,000 gallons of water just irrigating their lawns. These points are an attempt to reduce resource wastage and promote an eco-friendly lawn care attitude.

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