If you're like me, lawn care is at the top of the to do list this time of year.
I was tempted to grab a bag of heavily marketed lawn product, with the promise turning my spotty, grub infested, patch of crab grass into an emerald carpet. However, I paused and contemplated: how could I manage my lawn this year with a kinder, gentler impact on the earth?
Here are a few tips that I dug up!
Many communities still have water bans in place from last year's draught. Water is increasingly becoming a precious resource in need of conservation.
Try a drought resistant seed that requires less water for a new or replacement lawn.
A rain gage lets you know how much water your lawn is getting by Mother Nature. Typical lawns need 1 to 1.5 inches of water per week.
Water the lawn early in the morning, or after the sun begins to set, to minimize evaporation.
Water more deeply and less frequently.
Adjusting the mower to a higher setting to protect the grass from drying out.
Mow frequently and let short grass clippings stay on the ground. The clippings act as mulch and help keep moisture in the soil. Clippings also provide nutrients.
Fertilizers, synthetic or organic, can run off into the water ways and cause algae blooms. Some local swimming areas, at least where I live, have been closed because of the health dangers to swimmers from algae blooms.
A soil testing kit, available at most hardware stores, will let you know if you need to fertilize.
Fertilize less frequently and avoid scheduled fertilizing.
Use compost* to give your lawn a nutrient boost.
*The environmental impact of composting is enormous.
According to the EPA composting kept; “87.2 million tons of material from being disposed in 2013, u