Few things satisfy your average homeowner more than a lush green lawn, and for eco-friendly homeowners, achieving this goal in an environmentally friendly way is a big triumph. If you aspire to green lawn care, the following practices can help you create a truly green outdoor space.
Find the right mower
Just like an old car can release excessive emissions into the air, the same is true of older mowers. Modern EPA-friendly mowers release fewer emissions than their predecessors and include carbon filters to capture excess hydrocarbons. Also, electric mowers and other gas-free options that require less energy fill the market. Research shows that "per acre, you can use an electric mower for $1.04. You can use a gas mower for about $4.70."
Keep equipment in top shape
Existing equipment will be more efficient and less of an environmental concern if it is properly maintained. This should include:
- Sharpening any applicable blades
- Replacing old parts when necessary
- Replacing or cleaning air filters to reduce exhaust
Watch a different grass grow
Kentucky bluegrass is the most commonly found grass in yards across the country. While it has positive qualities, it also requires a lot of water to grow well. Homeowners looking to reduce their water usage can find alternative grass options at their neighborhood nursery. Opting to plant a native grass instead of Kentucky bluegrass can lead to less watering and easier maintenance.
Watering the lawn during the afternoon hours results in most of the water evaporating in the heat. This wasteful practice does little to nourish the lawn. Instead, water at night or before the sun rises to allow the grass to retain the majority of the moisture without losing it to evaporation. Automated sprinklers or sprinkler systems can support these watering practices without forcing homeowners to alter their sleep schedule.
Employ environmentally friendly fertilizers
Many eco-friendly homeowners cringe at the idea of using fertilizer on their property, but it is possible to enjoy the benefits of fertilizers - weed prevention and lawn support - while remaining environmentally friendly. You can find organic fertilizers at most nurseries or home improvement stores, and these fertilizers can also ward off fungus and stabilize your lawn during droughts.
Use the right soil for the job
The amount of water your lawn requires depends in part on the constitution of your soil. Yards with sandier soil need additional watering compared to clay-based soil yards. However, sandy soil yards should be watered in shorter bursts because the roots absorb water more quickly. In general, it would be a good idea to learn more about your home's soil to avoid water waste in the future.
Improve the landscaping
Proper landscaping not only adds plants that replace harmful carbon dioxide with oxygen, it can also occupy lawn space previously reserved for grass. This means less space to mow and/or water, which reduces the environmental footprint.
If you're brand-new to going green with your lawn care, these changes are simple and not that different from standard outdoor practices - but they sure are eco-friendly.