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Jun 26, 2020

Eco-Friendly Lawn Care Tips

Taking care of your yard does not have to mean compromising the health of Mother Earth. Follow these tips to implement more environmentally-friendly practices into your lawn care routine.

Get rid of your gas-powered lawn mower

If you are looking for more environmentally-friendly ways to take care of your lawn, a good place to start is by purchasing an electric or battery-powered lawn mower. Gas-powered devices are bad for the environment in many ways. The air pollutants that gas-powered mowers produce have a negative impact on the environment. Also, fossil fuels are often sourced in ways that harm the surrounding ecosystem. Electric lawn mowers are now widespread and can be purchased from most home improvement stores. An even more cost effective and environmentally-friendly alternative to gas-powered lawn mowers are manual push mowers.

Make sure you are planting the correct type of grass for your climate

There are several varieties of grass that have different looks and textures. These different types of grass also have different needs and thrive in different environments. By making sure you are growing the correct type of grass for your climate, you will use fewer resources and benefit your yard's surrounding ecosystem. For this reason, you should research the best types of grass to plant in your area. Some states contain multiple climate zones. For example, the climate of New York's Southern Tier region may favor a different type of grass than the climate of New York's North Country region.

Set your lawn mower blade higher

The longer your grass is, the stronger and healthier it will become. By setting your mower blade  three and a half to three inches, your grass will stay longer and create a larger surface area on each blade of grass. The more surface area a blade of grass has, the more sunlight it will be able to absorb. Longer and thicker grass also prevents runoff and keeps land from eroding.

Reuse your lawn clippings

Maintaining the correct soil nutrient content is an important part of lawn care that is sometimes overlooked. By keeping grass clippings on your lawn, you allow nutrients from the clippings to be absorbed back into your yard. This is a good way to increase the health of your lawn while also preventing erosion and runoff.

Water your lawn wisely

Watering your yard is a great way to ensure that your grass does not dry out and die. However, some of the more common watering methods such as the use of sprinklers often use up a large amount of water. This can take a toll on the environment and may lead to more expensive utility bills. While sprinklers are convenient, you may consider exploring more eco-friendly watering methods. Recycling rainwater is an effective and environmentally-friendly way to water your lawn. By directing water from your gutters onto the grass, you can make sure your yard receives the right amount of water. Alternatively, you may opt to save rainwater in barrels for later use.

It is important to preserve the environment for future generations and to keep the well-being of your surrounding ecosystem in mind. By following these tips, you will grow a healthier lawn in a more environmentally-friendly way.