As a homeowner, figuring out the best way to care for your lawn can be a real challenge. We all want a vibrant, green lawn, however, a lot of people do not go about lawn care in the most environmentally responsible way. They rely on chemical-heavy products that provide a temporary solution rather than nurturing the overall health of your lawn. Here are a few tips that can help ensure you are approaching lawn care in the most environmentally responsible way.
This one may seem like a no brainer, but the reality is that many homeowners do not mow properly or efficiently. Grass should remain at a height of about 2 ½ to 3 inches at all times. By keeping grass at this height, there will be a more established root system that is in turn more drought resistant. It also helps to shade out the surface of the soil preventing weeds from popping up -- fewer weeds means reduced need for chemical treatments to remove them. Additionally, be sure to sharpen your mower blades at least twice during each season. Dull blades rip and tear the grass; making your lawn more susceptible to diseases.
Recycle Grass Clippings
One of the best and most environmentally conscious lawn care practices is called grasscycling. After mowing, rather than bagging up the resulting clippings, recycle them back into your lawn. Grass clippings are a natural source of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium and can provide the equivalent of one fertilizer application per year! Not to mention, by skipping bagging, you save space in landfills which is unfortunately where many of the bags end up.
Efficient use of water is not only an important part of lawn care, but also in preserving the environment. Water is a finite resource which is seemingly becoming more and more worrisome - especially during droughts. The best time to water is in the morning when temperatures are lower and winds are calmer; allowing the water to properly soak into the soil and be absorbed by the roots. Typically, lawns require 1-1.5 inches of rain a week meaning watering around twice a week should be sufficient. Most Colorado lawns have clay soils meaning overwatering drastically increases the likelihood of diseases, so we recommend investing in a rain gauge or water operating system that accurately tracks how much water you are applying. Don’t forget to take natural precipitation into consideration when planning your watering schedule. During times of heavy rainfall, there is a reduced need for watering.
Our Environmental Lawn Care Approach
Even after you’ve adopted the methods above, obtaining a healthy and green lawn can still be tricky. That’s why we are always here to help! We help clients get the lawn of their dreams by providing organic nutrition as part of our lawn care programs. We use millions of beneficial microbes and disease-fighting fungi in eco-friendly solutions to help stimulate healthy growth of your lawn without causing unnecessary harm to our environment.
Ready to get the healthy lawn you’ve always wanted AND start adopting environmentally responsible lawn care practices? Then, American Turf & Tree Care is the company for you! Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer.