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How we went about creating an eco-friendly lawn

comments (0) August 21st, 2013 in gallery
naturechef45 naturechef45, member
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Recently, we have been looking for ways to keep our lawns looking tip top – while being kind to the environment. While we're attached to our little patches of green, the fact is that they can suck up inordinate amounts of water and fertiliser over a lifetime.

Just like eating organic is better for humans and the world around us, ecofriendly lawn care benefits us all as well.

Here are some ways we created a more ecoconscious garden at home and minimised our environmental footprint. Hopefully these help get your lawn a little "greener" :) We live in Australia by the way, where it gets hot!

Use a push mower

A small lawn can be quickly dealt to with a push mower – and you'll get in a workout at the same time. This saves you precious time spent dealing with extension leads, as well as the power used by an electric mower, or the pollution that comes with a gas-powered lawnmower. I know this can be tough on people with larger sections, and to be honest, I used one of those Country Clipper ride on lawn mower/tractors on our last section, which was substantially bigger. I know that there are electric ride-ons coming out, but they are still crazy-expensive as far as I know.

Mow your lawn regularly, and you'll be able to keep weeds in check, eliminating the need to use toxic weed killers. In between, you can always deal to rogue weeds by hand.

Wait it out

When the mercury rises, lawns can turn brown for a period of time. Don't worry – we didn't - and it's temporary. Resist the urge to turn on the sprinklers or hosepipe. Our lawn will return to its lush green state once the rains return, of its own accord.

Watering every day is good practice on a new lawn. After that, however, once a week is plenty. Press your fingers a few inches into the ground to check if the soil is damp – if it's moist, there's no need to water it.

Watering too frequently is actually harmful for your lawn. It may encourage roots to stay near the lawn's surface. By watering deeply and less often, you encourage them to take root at a deeper and stronger level.

Fertilise sparingly

One of the most green things we did for our lawn is apply fertiliser correctly, at the right time, and in the right amount – no more than you need, and no less. You can start using lawn fertilisers that are free of phosphorus or rich in slow-release nitrogen Phosphorus is a finite resource that the world is running low on, while high nitrogen fertilisers produce an excessive amount of greenhouse gases in the manufacturing process.

We recommend choosing organic fertilisers so our children and pets (2 dogs) who romp around outside won't be affected by all those common lawn chemicals.

We haven't done this yet, but you can also make your own compost and use it on your lawn. If you're replanting a lawn, apply a layer of compost after spreading the grass seed. Should you want to replace your grass varieties, consider an environmentally friendly grass that needs less water, less mowing and less fertilising such as buffalo grass.

More Information: Lawnmowers for people with bigger sections

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