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How to Achieve an Eco-Friendly Lawn

Nature left to itself is messy.  Mankind, however, loves to make order and even art from the mess. In our pursuit of a beautiful, healthy yard, we can sometimes forget that we are manipulating our natural habitat. It is important to take note of the effects our actions have on their environment. Here are some eco-friendly tips to remember when tending a garden or lawn.

Clean Up Responsibly

            Many homeowners will agree that leaf removal is a monotonous part of their Atlanta lawn care routine. But consider that leaves and yard waste can make their way into waterways and sewers, releasing fertilizers and pesticides, and decomposing all the while. By keeping your lawn clear of debris, you’re helping the environment more than you may realize. If you want to take it a step further, consider starting a compost area, which is beneficial to both you and the planet.

Spread Safely

            When spreading fertilizer, most people use a broadcast spreader. If you use this tool and method, it’s important to make sure your spreader has a side guard. This will keep the chemicals on the lawn and off the sidewalks or streets, preventing them from washing away and polluting waterways with toxic chemicals from your fertilizers and pesticides.

Water Smartly

Watering is critical to the health of your turf, but it is important to keep in mind that water is a precious public resource. If you’re not paying attention, you could be contributing to a lot of waste. Periodically, check your sprinklers to ensure they are working properly and not spraying onto the driveway, street, or sidewalk. You can also try capturing rainwater from downspouts. Rainwater is an eco-friendlier alternative to tap water, and the more you can recycle it, the better.

Leave it Long

Mowing is another unavoidable part of lawn care. Keep your grass longer, never removing more than one third of the blade height at one time. Longer grass will cause deeper root growth, which will lead to better water absorption and less erosion and runoff. It will also shade the soil and discourage the spread of weeds. Leaving your grass clippings on the lawn is beneficial, as they will provide a fresh source of natural fertilizer and help the soil retain water.

Following these environmentally friendly pointers will lead to a healthier lawn and a healthier planet. The next time you are taking care of your lawn or garden, analyze what you are doing and ensure that it won’t have any negative effects on the environment. We are all responsible for doing our part to take care of the earth for future generations, and a great place to start is right in your front yard.