Every spring, many homeowners emerge from their homes after a long winter prepared to make their lawn the envy of the neighborhood. For them, all free time is spent grooming their lawns to an ever more perfect state, but now there’s a new way to grow a stunning lawn! Bluegrass Greensource wants to help homeowners create a beautiful, yet low maintenance and environmentally friendly lawn. These watering, chemical application and mowing tips will help you create a stress-free and beautiful lawn with little harm to the environment.
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. Also, 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.