August 12, 2011

Start to an Eco-Friendly Life

Making your Lawn Eco Friendly

More and more people these days are making the switch to the Green side of life. Some people believe Global Warming is real and want to do their part to make sure the Polar bears in Greenland aren't drowning in their own backyards. Some people like the idea of going green because it helps the environment; their ecosystem, habitat. My guess is that you are one of these people and you want to find out how you can take care of your lawn without harming the world around you.

You've come to the right place.

What You'll Need

  • A Push Lawn Mower. Ditch your fancy 5 speed, gas powered, self propelled Honda Titan Lawn Mower 6000 for a humble push mower than doesn't require any gas. They're known as EcoMowers and they're awesome and affordable.
  • Organic Pesticides. I know you've got some Round-Up sitting in your garage, half empty from your previous uses. Don't be ashamed, we are all human. What's important is that you're making the switch and that you can find Natural Pesticides on the web or at Wal Mart.
  • Orbit Sprinkler System Parts. You heard me. I have been using Orbit Products for a very long time and they have a fantastic variety of Eco-friendly supplies that even your mother would be proud of.
  • Eco-Friendly Fertilizer I bet you didn't even know there was such a thing or maybe you didn't know the fertilizer you use each year is harmful to you and your children. Well, it's not all that bad but if you want to keep your dog safe with an organic yard, you have got to get yourself some new Lawn Fertilizers for Hal's sakes.
  • Now that you've got all the physical essentials all it takes is a little bit of determination and a sound mind to keep on your yard organically.

    Watering Your Lawn As A Changed Individual

    Being 100% "organic" and "natural" is not all it takes to have a resourceful and eco-friendly backyard. Deep down you know you water your lawn more than it really needs to be. How can you be spoiling your lawn with so much water while Human Beings suffer from a terrible drought in Australia If you are going to give back to mother nature, you should only be watering your lawn 3-4 times a week.

    One Final Tip

    Grass does not need to be mowed every week. Don't be afraid to go 2 weeks without mowing your lawn. That's just fine! Mowing your lawn so frequently is a waste. Let that grass grow. It absorbs and retains water much better when it's 4 inches high.

    And! Try not to cut the grass down really low. Some people like a buzz cut on their lawns. If you do that, the grass requires a lot more water and we already talked about how you should water your lawn less than you need too. Don't make me repeat myself.

    Other than that, you are well on your way to treating your lawn with all natural care. Good on ya, and good luck!


Phil Goold is a retired landscaper of 30 years. He loves being outside more than anything else, except maybe pie. He enjoys connecting with other landscapers and gardeners because everyone brings something new and fun to the table. Connect with Phil on Twitter and Google+.

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