Tulsa will have their first ozone alert day on Friday and that means it’s important to avoid gas powered lawn equipment. Also a Swedish study conducted in 2001 found, “Air pollution from cutting grass for an hour with a gasoline powered lawn mower is about the same as that from a 100-mile automobile ride.” So it’s even better if you can avoid gas powered lawn equipment all the time.
It’s not just lawn mowers that are hurting the plant when it comes to lawn care. Lawns can require a lot of water, toxic herbicides, and more. There are ways to make your lawn more eco-friendly, here are some of our favorite tips.
Skip the gas powered lawn mower and use a battery powered lawn mower like a WORX mower or if you have a small flat lawn a reel mower could be a good and very affordable option. Don’t forget eco-friendly options for other lawn equipment too.
If you must water your lawn be sure to water in the morning or evening. If you water during the hot part of the day a lot of the water will evaporate. You can also look into a gray water system and rain barrels.
With plants be sure to look for native and drought-tolerate plants that don’t require much water. Local nurseries can help you pick out the best plants for your area and needs.
Studies have linked Roundup to birth defects, as well as other health issues and it’s not very good for the environment. A better safe option for weeds is white vinegar. It’s even super cheap! Simply get a pump sprayer (look in the lawn care section of your local home improvement store) and fill it with white vinegar and spray on the weeds. Be sure to just spot treat as it will kill grass as well. In your flower beds cardboard and/or layers of newspaper around the plants with mulch on top is a great way to keep the weeds away.
Since Oklahoma didn’t have much of a winter, bugs seem to be a big problem! EcoSmart is a easy to find brand that is pretty good and works well. Soapy water will kill some bugs and garlic is good for keeping the bugs off your plants. It seems to keep bunnies from eating plants as well! Find more natural options by clicking here.
So this spring and summer be sure to choose greener ways to care for your lawn! And if you have a good tip, share it with us in the comments below or head over to Facebook to join in the conversation.
About the Author
Lisa Sharp is passionate about green living, organic food, animals, and natural medicine. She is an environmental activist, green living expert, and freelance writer. In addition to being the founder and editor of Green Oklahoma, Lisa has a green living blog, Retro Housewife Goes Green. You can follow Lisa on twitter @Retrohousewife5 and Facebook.