When you take care of your house and lawn do not forget to also take into account the environmental aspect. Let’s see together several Eco-friendly ways that you can also apply when you take care of the lawn around your home.
Be conscientious and even stingy with water consumption when watering your lawn. The growth of moss on the driveway or home sidewalks is a sure sign that you’re watering in excess, that the soil is completely soaked with water.
However, if you find it difficult to determine when your lawn is watered enough then you can buy an intelligent irrigation control system that will water your lawn according to the weather as well as the lawn’s needs. An intelligent irrigation system is in fact, an Eco-friendly system.
2. Replace Your Gas Mower with a Push Mower (An Eco-Friendly Mower)
For some it may seem like a throwback in time, but it is a green way to care for your lawn. You should know that prior gas mowers, push mowers were generally used to cut the grass.
Fortunately push mowers still exist, and because they don’t require fuel, they can be indeed a more Eco-friendly option than the gas mowers, especially if your lawn is not too large.
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3. Leaf Blowers or Rake Leaves
The same thing with leaf blowers. Rake leaves are a more Eco-friendly way than leaf blowers in the fall or to clean your backyard in the springtime after a heavy winter.
It is true that one cannot deny the effectiveness of a leaf blower, but it needs fuel to operate while a rack leaves requires just your time and passion for gardening.
4. Choose only Local Plants
Stay always local. If you’re beginning a garden or you need to plant new grass, then stick only with local, grasses, flowers and plants rather than more exotic and perhaps attractive options but unfortunately, not native to your area.
Grasses, flowers and plants that aren’t native to your geographic living area will usually require more watering and for sure, more maintenance.
5. Avoid Pesticides and other Chemicals
DO NOT use pesticides. When pesticides or other chemicals are applied to your lawn, their chemical compounds will run off into the local water supply. So, try to avoid pesticides as much as possible, or at least to minimize their use. After all pesticides are harmful to your health.
6. Don’t Let Rain Water to Waste
Rain barrels are an excellent way to make use of rain water. You can place these rain barrels under the gutter’s downspout near your house. They will collect the rain water that can be reused in your home or to water your garden and lawn. They are quite expensive, but over time you can save a lot of money on your water bill. Watering your lawn now makes sense.