The primary tenet of "green" lawn care is to work with nature rather than against it. A eco-friendly lawn care strategy will reduce the pollution sent into the atmosphere, the waste placed into landfills, and the amount of inorganic chemicals used that disturb the natural order of life in your yard and garden.
An organic slow-release program like Milorganite feeds plants for an 8-10 week period. You can apply less fertilizer and still enjoy fantastic and long-lasting results by following the application rates. Milorganite also adds organic material to the soil and helps conserve water, especially helpful in areas with water restrictions.
Fewer Weeds, Fewer Chemicals
The best and most environmentally-friendly way to choke out weeds is to grow a thick, healthy lawn. Follow all the basics of great lawn care to build a lawn too healthy for weeds to compete.
Let Clippings Lie
By leaving your grass clippings on the lawn during the mowing season, you can deliver approximately the equivalent of one application of organic fertilizer. You also reduce the amount of clippings destined for landfills.
Swap out that Gas Mower
Using an electric mower reduces the amount of energy expended while you mow while also eliminating a significant source of air pollution. A push, or reel, mower is an even more eco-friendly approach since the energy comes only from the operator. Push mowing is physically demanding and a great source of exercise.
Add a Rain Barrel
Reduce water pollution, lower your water costs, and help preserve water- all by capturing water from your roof's downspout into a rain barrel.
Grow Native Plants
Where possible, consider planting native plants that have evolved to thrive in local soil and climate conditions. Contact your local extension office for help selecting native plants. http://www.csrees.usda.gov/Extension/
Compost Yard Waste
Composting yard waste reduces landfill use while generating a material you can use to enrich your soil for future plantings.
Joe Lamp’l host of Growing a Greener World® and one of the country’s most recognized and trusted personalities in gardening and sustainability offers additional organic and natural lawn care solutions.