Many things we use to care for our lawns can be harmful to us, our pets and the environment. This year skip the harmful products and try these eco-friendly lawn care tips.
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.”
Think about how many hours you spend mowing your lawn throughout the year. That’s a lot of pollution. And for much of the lawn mowing season ozone alerts are a concern and during those days it’s extremely important to avoid doing things that increase pollution levels.
It’s not just lawn mowers that are harmful 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 tips to help you get started.
Eco-Friendly Lawn Care Tips
Get an Electric Lawn Mower
Electric lawn mowers have become more common over the last several years. Instead of running on gas they have batteries you recharge.
Not only are electric lawn mowers better for the environment, but it also means fewer toxic fumes for you to breathe while mowing.
They also require less maintenance than gas-powered lawn mowers. No more priming the mower and hoping it will actually start at the start of the season.
Use Natural Weed Prevention Methods
White vinegar is a cheap and safe option for weeds. Use a pump sprayer and fill it with white vinegar. Spray it on the weeds and they will soon die. It will also kill grass so be sure to spot treat carefully.
Cardboard and newspaper are great weed barriers for flower beds. Topping with mulch can help even more to keep your flower beds weed free without the use of harmful chemicals.
Use Less Water
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.
Prevent Bugs Naturally
One of the best ways to prevent bugs, even fire ants, is food-safe diatomaceous earth. It’s extremely safe for humans and pets. It can even be used on pets fur and around vegetable gardens.
The particles in diatomaceous earth are very small and sharp but only to the small exoskeletons of insects. They also can’t become immune to it, unlike some bug spray options.
Depending on your bug problem you can find all kinds of great natural ways to prevent and kill bugs without harming yourself, pets or the environment.
Additional Resource: Natural Pest Control
Using all of these tips can help you have a great lawn without the harm to the planet, animals, and even us.