One responsibility of being a homeowner is keeping a clean, well-manicured yard. People sometimes spend lots of money on creating the best-looking lawn possible; however, yard care can be extremely harmful to the environment if done improperly. That sounds counterintuitive, right? You’d be surprised. Here are a few tips to make sure you’re both caring for your yard in an eco-friendly way and still maintaining a good-looking yard. It might take a little more work and knowledge on your part, but it’s definitely something you can do well.
The first step you should take if you want to have a truly ‘green’ yard is to ditch the yard crew. Chances are your yard crew uses non-green methods to care for your yard, as these methods are often the least expensive, which allows them to create greater profit. Of course, this isn’t always the case. If you absolutely want a yard crew and don’t have the time to do this on your own, go with a company that promises to use natural products and green methods. Of course, you’ll still have to consider how much of a carbon footprint the company creates driving to and from their various jobs.
Once you’ve decided to do the yard work on your own, set some goals. You don’t want to feel overwhelmed. How much are you willing to do? What do you require in order to be happy with your eco-friendly yard, but still not feel as though you’re spending so much time out there? When you have these goals set, create a schedule that will allow you to keep up with it.
Next, buy natural products for your yard. Use natural fertilizers and weed killers. Use natural pesticides and other insect prevention methods. Make your own compost. Use leaves and other debris as a base for your mulching. Reuse grass clippings. By reusing grass clippings and dead leaves, you don’t have to buy plastic yard bags, which is another stress on the environment. Use natural stone and other features to give your yard a beautiful, finished, and natural look.
Examine your tools in the toolshed. Do you use a gasoline lawnmower? If so, consider ways to offset that carbon footprint. If you’re adventurous, you can get rid of it and buy a pushblade mower. Likewise, get a good rake and sell your leafblower. These exchanges will, of course, depend on how much you’re willing to compromise in order to get an eco-friendly lawn while not having to do too much work.
Finally, understand the climate and what is best, naturally, for your yard. For example, knowing what kind of grass you have and how it behaves in various seasons will help you know how much to water it and when to water it, thus helping you conserve water. Plant trees, shrubs, and flowers that thrive in the environment of your yard. Plants unsuited to your climate will require more work. The idea is to create a yard that looks good and is also naturally bountiful. If you’d like, set aside a small plot for a garden.
Once your base work is completed, your upkeep will be relatively simple and routine. And best of all, you’ll enjoy taking care of your green yard, because you’ll know that your yardwork helps the environment.