Green Tips for Lawn Care

Get a green lawn without the negative environmental impact.

If you wanted a vibrant green lawn, it used to mean loads of chemical applications. Pesticides, herbicides, insecticides - the whole toxic soup of it. Your lawn might be green, but is it worth the negative environmental impact? Today, we've rounded up green tips for lawn care that you can use to keep your lawn looking lush and vibrant without the chemicals.

Natural Fertilizer
To reduce your use of chemicals and keep your grass growing well, transition to natural fertilizers, such as manure, fish emulsion, or compost. These products are not only friendly for the earth, they are safe for children and pets - unlike traditional lawn chemicals. 

Choose Eco-Friendly Grasses
With water levels in California at record low, water conservation is on the forefront of many homeowners' minds. One simple and powerful step you can make to conserve your water use is to switch the type of grass in your yard to an environmentally-friendly, low impact grass that requires less water. 

Grass types that require less water, mowing, and overall care include Seashore paspalum, buffalograss, and ecolawn. 

Water infrequently and deeply.

Water Wisely
Even if you plant eco-friendly grass, it will still need water. To keep your overall water usage low, aim to water infrequently and deeply. Use a sprinkler to provide a deep watering once a week, wetting the top 6 inches of soil. Wait one week to water (or longer if you receive rain). This helps your grass develop longer roots in search of water, and curbs your overall water consumption. 

Switch to hand tools
Traditional lawn care consumes resources, whether you're using a gas-powered mower or plugging in an electric string trimmer. As you adopt green lawn care principles, switch from resource-hogging tools to hand tools that do not consume electricity or gas. An added bonus of this is you can burn more calories doing yard work when using a push mower or manual clippers instead of electric shears. 

Hand tools conserve resources.
Compost Yard Waste
Instead of throwing away yard waste, or leaving it for municipal collection, compost it. This will give you your own source of compost for garden beds, reduce the amount of fuel used to cart away your waste, and keep compostables out of landfills. Compost lawn clippings, tree and shrub trimmings (so long as they are not diseased), dead plant material, and food waste. 

Make it your summer challenge to implement these lawn care tips. Every green tip you can implement will help the earth, curb your consumption of natural resources, and make your yard a healthier and happier place for all. By implementing these tips, you can save money and help save the earth. 

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