Environmentally Friendly Green Lawn
Is it possible to have a healthy, green lawn and still be kind to the environment?
The answer is YES and here’s how…
● Cut your lawn to a length of 2.5 to 3 inches in height. This is the ideal height for grass.
● Water your lawn only when needed. Soak each area for at least 30 minutes for deeper root growth. The best time is in the early morning. Avoid evening watering due to excess moisture, which makes your lawn susceptible to fungus, such as moss or mushrooms.
● Leave grass clippings on your lawn. They act as a natural fertilizer. Try not to bag your grass clippings more than twice a year.
● Use a hand rake to remove dead grass in the spring. Or you can hire a professional to aerate your lawn, once it has thawed in early April. Dethaching is recommended in the fall.
● DON’T BE OVERSOLD by lawn care companies. Help protect the lake by using a low Phosphorous, slow release granular fertilizer with numbers similar to 28 – 3 – 10 (Nitrogen/Phosphorous/Potash). The lower the middle number is the better. Weed and Feed fertilizer contains a growth hormone (Herbicide) to speed up the life-cycle of weeds in order to kill them – not actual poison. Avoid spraying your lawn with liquid fertilizer/weed control for it is less effective than granular fertilizer (used with a spreader).
It’s that simple, proper watering and cutting are the two most important factors for a healthy lawn, which in turn is less susceptible to weeds and disease. Applying a lot of fertilizer is NOT necessary. By having a strong healthy lawn, you actually have to use less fertilizer and avoid using pesticides (Herbicides/Insecticides) which are extremely harmful to humans and the environment.
A drawback of watering your lawn regularly is the amount of water used from your well, which is drawn from aquifers (underground streams). Therefore, ensure you water only when necessary or have a rain sensor installed on your automated water sprinkler system.
*This information is courtesy of Pride and Preston Lake