Tips for Sustainable, Natural Lawn and Yard Care
Although it may look like it’s lying down on the job, your lawn is hard at work. Not only is your yard a welcoming playground for kids and pets, it is also an entire ecosystem for plants and insects, and it serves as an aesthetic compliment to the design of your home and neighborhood. Talk about multitasking!
Sustainable lawns are not just beautiful, they are healthier for your family and for the environment. In fact, an organically maintained lawn will perpetuate itself very well without the harsh side effects of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. As the fall season approaches—a key time for germination of grass seeds—consider some of these tips for developing even more sustainable lawn care.
- Start composting.
- Instead of throwing out egg shells, coffee grinds, and those random bits and pieces of vegetation that don’t make it onto the dinner table, turn them into sustenance for your lawn. See this composting guide to help you recycle valuable supplements and nutrients back into your yard.
- Add and subtract.
- Don’t cut it short.
- Most grass varieties in natural lawns need to grow a bit in order to develop root length and sturdiness to sustain the plant over time. Keep this in mind when maintaining your lawn and remember not to cut the grass too short. For more information about grass varieties and lengths, visit this guide.
- Water: less is more.
- The great news is that organic lawns do not require nearly the amount of water as those that rely on chemical additives. The key to water usage and sustainability is to water deeply and slowly. Infrequent waterings at a slow pace will encourage deep and healthy root growth.
- Extra Credit: Soil Test.
- All of these tips will greatly enhance the sustainability of your yard. However, if you would like to go one step further in providing your soil with the exact minerals and supplements it needs, then it is imperative to know what, exactly, those would be. Consider testing your soil in order to find out its composition and to identify any areas that could use a natural boost.
We hope these tips are helpful in making your lawn even more sustainable. When it comes to improving our environment, every little bit helps. Small changes make a big difference.
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