As environmental concerns have come to the forefront of society’s collective consciousness, homeowners around the world have been making a concerted effort to mitigate their impact on local ecosystems. In the past decade, the “greenness” of lawns has taken on a whole new meaning to reflect this marked shift in priorities. In this entry, we’ll look at a few ways to make your lawn as environmentally friendly as possible.
Test First, Fertilize Later
Before you add supplementary nutrients to your soil, have it tested to find out exactly what it’s lacking. That way, if and when you do need to fertilize, you won’t be adding any unnecessary chemicals to your soil. Once you do fertilize, consider using natural fertilizers. These will not only be gentler on the wildlife around your lawn, but will also be safer for use around children and pets.
Choose Grasses Wisely
If you’re not happy with the grass in your lawn, consider switching to a more environmentally friendly variety. Ecolawn is a blend of fescue grasses that grows well throughout the United States and requires less watering, mowing, and fertilization.
Rather than tossing food scraps in the garbage, why not turn them into nutrient-rich fertilizer for your lawn? Simply leave your compost in a closed container outside, turn it periodically, and wait. Composting is an environmentally friendly initiative that can also save you money on the cost of fertilizer.
Opt for Alternative Pesticides
Pesticides, in addition to harming local wildlife, leech into groundwater supplies that can eventually find their way back to the tap. A company called EcoSmart produces pesticides with food-grade materials that are safe for use around pets and children. A number of other companies have introduced environmentally friendly pesticide options as well.
At Suburban Lawn and Sprinkler, we’ve been keeping lawns healthy and green for over 50 years. Give us a call today to learn how a new irrigation system can help hydrate your lawn more efficiently, saving water and money in the long run.