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Did you know that over 50 million Americans mow their lawns each weekend, and contribute as much as 5% of the country’s air pollution? There are simple steps that you can take to have an eco-friendly lawn, and simultaneously keeping it beautiful.
Collecting rainwater and using it for your plants is an easy way to recycle water and cut down your water bill. Storing rainwater can be done on a small scale with rain barrels, or larger scales with cisterns.
Being conscious of when you’re watering and how much you’re watering. Watering in the middle of the day when the heat and sunlight are at their peak will cause water to evaporate quicker and is a less efficient way of using your water. If you notice pools of water in your yard, or moss growing on your driveway and sidewalk are signs that you are watering your yard too much.
Use a broom instead of leaf blowers and hoses. Gas powered leaf blowers are another major source of carbon emissions, and hosing down the sidewalk wastes water.
Leave grass clippings on your yard and compost your other yard waste. Yard trimmings make great mulch and help soil retain water so you won’t have to use as much water.
Using a push mower can greatly reduce your carbon emissions during regular lawn care. If you can’t go all the way to a push mower, consider an electric model.
• Use native plants in your landscaping. Native plants are water savers, require less care, and attract all sorts of critters that are great for a healthy, natural lawn. Native grasses are often sold at local garden stores and are much easier to maintain.
Use non-toxic fertilizers and pest-control. These will be better for your plants, and won’t harm our water sources. If you choose to use chemicals, be careful to avoid applying it near surface waters, or where stormwater runoff discharges to surface water.
Start an organic food garden. Growing your own veggies is better for the planet, as well as your own health.
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