Sustainable Grass Care Techniques For Maintaining a Healthy Lawn
A thriving backyard with a beautiful, lush lawn is something nearly every homeowner desires. However, many homeowners unknowingly use lawn care practices that can be detrimental to the environment and their health. Luckily, there are plenty of eco-friendly practices that you can use to care for your lawn.
Environmental friendly lawn
Harmful pesticides, herbicides and synthetic fertilizers are great for getting rid of frustrating lawn pests. They can also kill important organisms that help promote healthy soil, which leaves your lawn more susceptible to disease.
These chemicals can even end up in lakes and rivers. About 50 million people in the U.S. are drinking water that is likely contaminated with pesticides, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
If you’ve been using chemicals on your lawn, don’t fret. There are many practices you can start now to care for your lawn in a natural and sustainable way.
Improve your lawn’s soil health (no chemicals required)
Soil is your lawn’s foundation and primary source for nutrients, so improving and maintaining its health will give your lawn’s natural ecosystem a boost.
You want your soil to be soft and airy with strong grass blades. If you notice the soil is dry and compact with shallow grass roots, it is likely unhealthy and needs some help. Remove dead roots and organic matter buildup, then frequently monitor for weeds and pests.
Aerate your lawn and use an organic fertilizer annually
Properly aerated soil has space for oxygen, water and nutrients to circulate, which promotes plant growth and a healthy lawn environment. Whether you hire someone to do the job or rent an aerator and do it yourself, aerate annually right before fertilizing.
Organic fertilizer is a must for natural lawn care and can be especially helpful if your lawn is recovering from past chemical use. To help promote new growth, look for an organic starter fertilizer at your local home improvement store or nursery. Once you’ve established healthy soil, fertilizing 1-2 times each year is enough to keep a lush and vibrant lawn.
Mow and water your lawn properly
Cutting grass too short is one of the common lawn care mistakes homeowners make. Most grasses do best when kept between 2 and 4 inches long. At this length, moisture levels are more consistent. Consistency is key to help your grass grow naturally, but don’t mow your lawn just because you think it’s time. If you use a gas-powered lawn mower, mowing less frequently is another eco-friendly win.
Watering your lawn deeply and only when needed will help keep your grass and the environment healthy too. Water should have enough time to soak down to the roots, which helps every blade become stronger and more resistant to drought and excess heat. Additionally, watering in the morning will prevent evaporation that can lead to a parched lawn.
Once you’ve ditched harmful chemicals for an organic fertilizer and have a reasonable watering and mowing schedule in place, sit back and enjoy your eco-friendly lawn
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