You might have heard the term “green lawn care” floating around lately and wondered what exactly this means. Green lawn care, also nicknamed organic lawn care is a way of maintaining your lawn in a healthy way without the use of any harmful chemicals. For anyone who is interested in transitioning into an organic lawn care regimen, there are a few benefits to keep in mind. However, you should also be aware that transitioning from a chemical-dependent lawn to an organic lawn might take some time and there may be a downswing first.
What is Green Lawn Care?
Green lawn care has become an important part of many homeowners’ lifestyles, especially those who want to keep their lawn free of chemicals. Over-the-counter herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers often contain chemicals that can pollute your lawn, degrade your soil, and even offset toxic gases into the air. These chemicals can also become extremely hazardous for other humans, pets, and even the surrounding wildlife.
Going green with your lawn doesn’t mean that you need to sacrifice maintenance or beauty. It just means that you will need to first, plant the right type of grass for your area, and second utilize proper watering techniques. In addition, you’ll also need to choose chemical-free plant products.
Benefits of Green Lawn Care
So, why should you consider incorporating green lawn care into your yard regimen? For starters, you’ll improve the overall soil health. Organic lawn care actually helps make the soil hold moisture longer, aerate the soil better, and enrich the soil with proper nutrients. This is incredibly beneficial for anyone who also likes to garden or grow their own food. When you grow your own food in soil that’s been treated chemically, that food will likely contain chemicals throughout the growing process.
Another great benefit to an organic lawn is the resulting deep root systems. When your lawn has an organic treatment, it will very slowly release nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, and other crucial nutrients into the soil for the roots to absorb. This results in a more stable, strong root system, promoting even healthier grass. Deep roots are important for a green, healthy grass system and will better retain and absorb water.
Many homeowners choose to incorporate organic lawn care techniques for the safety of themselves, their families, and their pets. Exposure to pesticides and herbicides has been known to cause neurological health issues, loss of coordination, impaired vision, and sometimes even death. According to the U.S. Environmental Protect Agency, 60 to 70 million birds die every year from pesticides poisoning. Thousands of household pets are accidentally poisoned each year from lawn care chemicals, too. Keeping things organic will add a safer place for kids and pets to play.
We’ll talk more about transitioning to organic lawn care next week. Keep an eye out for that helpful guide! As always, if you need some help transitioning your lawn to a green lawn, make sure to reach out to us here at Handsome Lawn Service.