Eco-Friendly Summer Lawn Care Tips
Disturbing estimates state that more than 50 million Americans power mow their lawns every weekend, contributing up to 5 percent of the nation’s air pollution. Not only that, but an eco-friendly lawn shouldn’t use 20,000 gallons of water every summer, either, yet that’s another shocking estimate. By making a few changes, you can join others switching to eco-friendly yard care.
Eco-friendly lawn care tips
You don’t have to live in a drought-stricken area of the country to learn conservation techniques.
- Begin collecting rainwater and use it to water potted plants. It’s easy enough to put a rain barrel under a drain spout or in other locations that collect pools of water.
- Evaluate lawn watering levels. Turn off your sprinkler system after a rainfall, inspect your lawn for telltale signs of too much water (puddles, turf mushrooms and fungi), and only water during early morning hours in the summer to decrease wasted water evaporation.
- Sweep your sidewalks and driveway instead of using a hose and water. Not only are you wasting water, but the dirty runoff water you create can carry chemical contaminants that pollute large bodies of water.
- It will take a little convincing, but if you can get your husband to understand the environmental impact of his favorite gas mower, you will help global warming. If your yard is too large to switch to a push mower, consider buying an electric model that’s still much better than any equipment operated by gas fuel, including line trimmers.
- Revisit your raking and sweeping skills, which will improve your overall health and put your gas-powered leaf blower in storage. Blowers are large and generate major carbon emissions into the environment.
- After mowing, leave your grass clippings where they lie. Eventually they will decompose and become beneficial turf mulch that helps to retain water.
- Learn how to compost. Yard clippings can be transformed into valuable mulch to use in gardens.
- Incorporate more native plants into your landscaping. An eco-friendly yard can be vibrant with native plants, flowers and grasses that are easy to grow in their native soil and climate. Learn more about native plants at your local horticultural office.
- Sometimes “artificial” can create a better eco-friendly lawn. Homeowners living in desert areas are turning to synthetic grass alternatives that are attractive, low maintenance and environmentally friendly.
- Plant an organic food garden and reap the health rewards for your family and for planet Earth.
- Avoid using any chemical fertilizers or pest-control products for yard maintenance. Choose non-toxic products and your plants will thank you, your body will thank you and you’ll reduce toxic water runoff.
- Spotlight your eco-friendly lawn and yard by switching to solar or LED lighting. Not only will these bulbs produce plenty of light, but they also last up to 10 times longer than standard lighting.