Last week we talked about what green lawn care is and why it might be the right choice for your lawn. If you read through and decided you wanted to take a stab at having a more organic lawn care approach, then you’ve come to the right place. This week we’re going to discuss how transitioning to a green lawn care regimen can be extremely easy and what to expect when you begin the transition. Starting a new organic lawncare routine does not need to be a painstaking process that requires thousands of dollars and all of your attention. There are small, little changes that can be incorporated over time in order to eventually have a green lawn. Ready to dive in?
Removing pesticides from your repertoire.
One of the easiest ways to transition to a green lawn is to remove the use of pesticides. Pesticides are promoted in a variety of ways, from healthier, greener grass to the permanent removal of weeds. However, most pesticides are extremely toxic, not just to the lawn but to humans and animals, too. Pesticides are not meant to be eaten either, so if you’re trying to grow vegetables or food within your backyard then we recommend removing pesticides altogether immediately. Another thing to consider is that every yard needs pollinators for a seemingly never-ending benefit. We don’t want these pollinators, however, to be attracted to a toxic yard! Anyone who wants flourishing flowers and a vibrant vegetable garden should halt the use of pesticides before going any further.
Start really taking care of your soil.
One of the most beneficial ways to establish a green lawn is to make sure your soil is well taken care of. Healthy soil is what makes your yard thrive. The soil microbiome is where helpful bacteria, decomposers, and fungi break down organic matter into nutrient-rich soil. If you have an abundance of weeds in your garden then you likely have degraded soil from years of neglect.
A good jumping-off point to aid in your soil regrowth is by starting a compost pile. Applying compost to your lawn in the springtime can help give your soil a boost of necessary nutrients in order to keep it healthy.
Adding sustainability to the mix.
A great way to make your lawn care greener is through sustainability practices. First, choose the right plants for your climate. You don’t want to have a yard filled with plants that aren’t native to your area, which will end up adding more lawn maintenance and care to your day-to-day. Choose plants that are native to your climate as they are already accustomed to it and thus become easier to take care of. This also results in less watering, which is another sustainable practice. You want to water your lawn until it’s wet, not soaking. You can also reduce the use of water overall by watering in the early mornings only. This allows you to avoid the sun and decrease the evaporation that comes with full sun. Make sure all of your hoses, sprinklers, and the like are turned off after use.
As always, if you need help transitioning to a green lawn care regimen, make sure to let us know here at Handsome Lawn Service. We’re here to help with all of your lawn service needs!