Every spring, homeowners emerge from their homes after a long winter prepared to make their lawn the envy of the neighborhood. All free time is consumed with grooming the lawns to an ever more perfect state, but now there’s a new way! Bluegrass Greensource wants to help homeowners create a beautiful, yet low maintenance and environmentally friendly lawn. Proper watering techniques, chemical application and mowing practices can create a stress free (and therefore, happy and beautiful) lawn with minimal negative environmental impact.
Tips for a Green Lawn
- Water early in the morning.
- Water more deeply (not more frequently) to encourage a deeper root system.
- On sloping land, irrigate more slowly to prevent runoff.
- Adjust sprinklers so they are not watering the road or driveway.
- Install a rain barrel to catch rainwater; use the water on your lawn and garden.
- Keep grass at a height of about 3 inches. This will allow for deeper root growth and healthier grass.
- Leave your grass clippings on the lawn; they act as natural fertilizer for your grass.
- Never fertilize before it rains.
- Use natural or compost fertilizer on your lawn.
- Apply fertilizer in the fall.
- Incorporate native plant species into your lawn and garden. They require fewer inputs and provide the best food and habitat for local wildlife.
- Use Integrated Pest Management rather than relying only on chemical pesticides that can be harmful to the environment, children, and pets.
- Plant a rain garden to decrease runoff from storm water.
- Don’t leave grass clippings on driveways and sidewalks; they will just wash into the storm drain. And, definitely don’t rake clippings into the street or creek.
- Have your soil tested to determine its nutrient needs. Make fertilizer type and application decisions based on the soil test.