When it comes to living a greener lifestyle, there are many areas for improvement. One way that you can live a greener lifestyle is to go green with your lawn care. There are several different ways that you can go green in your lawn care routine. While some of these may differ from what you’re used to, they will easily become habit when you make the commitment to change for the better.
Here are some ways to go green with your lawn care:
Use a push reel mower- You can use a manual push mower instead of the typical gas mower to help your lawn care process go green. According to the EPA, your typical gas-powered lawn mower will emit nearly 90 pounds of carbon dioxide and over 50 pounds of pollutants into the air each year. Manual reel mowers are coming back now and they are more advanced and updated than those of the past. They are good for your grass and while it takes a little more effort, it’s good for your health as well.
Water less and use recycled water- Water use is a leading cause in waste on our planet. While there are many factors that go into your water footprint, lawn care is one wasteful area where most people can cut back. Something as simple as just watering less frequently can have a large impact. You can also choose to water your lawn and plants with recycled water such as grey water from your house or by collecting rain water in storage containers for use later.
Plant grass and plants native to the area- Another solution to the watering problem which also helps you work less on having a great looking lawn, is to plant grass and plants that are already native to the area. They will thrive the best on the area’s natural climate and will require less artificial care and watering to stay alive and vibrant. You make less work for yourself and it’s also good for the local environment.
Use manual clippers and tools for edging and weeding- Most often the “old fashioned” way of doing things is the more eco friendly way of doing things. This is completely true when it comes to edging, trimming and other lawn care tasks.
These are just a few simple ways you can begin going green with your lawn care. Even the smallest decision can make a world of difference and it’s never too late- or too soon- to start making changes for a better planet today.