Sunday, June 8, 2008

Mother's going GREEN Day 13 - Lawn Care the Organic Way

Lawn care, while it is better for the environment to have little or no lawn (should be plants and trees instead) there is very little chance in the near future of my husband giving up our lawn. It is also nice for the kids to play on. Since we do have lawn, not much of it, but lawn anyway we have decided to take care of it the environmentally friendly way.
  • Using a push mower for starters, no carbon emissions, no use of a natural resource - gas. Just plain old man power.

  • The grass clippings are then just left on the lawn, acting a a natural mulch - no need to rake them up and throw them away, besides your manpower is all spent mowing the lawn.

  • The mulch will also help retain water which your grass needs, but not too much. It only requires 1 inch of water a week that includes rainwater.

  • Don't cut your grass too short, this causes it too look yellow and will also dry out quicker requiring more water.

  • If you need to water your grass it is best to water it in the early morning or early evening, that way it will not evaporate too quickly.

  • It is best not to use a sprinkler to water your grass but to stand there and water it with the hose and a nozzle. Remember it does not need a lot of water.

  • If a fertilizer is required it is best to use an organic one or better yet the compost fertilizer that your worms are busy creating or the fertilizer from a traditional compost.

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