How to care for your lawn and garden the eco-friendly way

It’s everyone’s responsibility to contribute to a healthy environment. When it comes to your lawn and garden, the eco-friendly way of maintaining these areas often produces a lusher, greener, more abundant lawn, so do your part and care for your lawn or garden following these eco-friendly tips. 

1. Don’t Pick Up Grass Clippings

You’re doing your lawn no favors by picking up grass clippings after you mow. If you leave them lay, they quickly decompose, fertilizing the lawn with each mowing. This simple act eliminates the need to fertilize the grass, which is kinder to the environment since many commercial fertilizers contain harmful chemicals that can contaminate surrounding areas. 

2. Don’t Use Gas-Powered Lawn Equipment 

Did you know that a single riding lawn mower emits as much pollution as 34 cars in just one hour of use? That’s according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Rather than add to the pollution with a gas-powered lawnmower, consider buying an electric or battery-powered version instead. 

3. Grow the Right Grass for Your Area

If you need to plant grass, be sure to choose a variety that grows best in your area of the world. Choosing a type of grass that’s not meant for your climate will mean extra care and water for it to grow. Even then, it may not thrive at all despite your best efforts. 

4. Fertilize with Yard Waste or Kitchen Compost

If you have a garden, you can use your yard waste and kitchen compost to fertilize it. Simply create a compost heap in a corner of your yard and add to it as you collect grass clippings and leftover food. Be sure to turn it regularly to encourage breakdown. Before long, you’ll have the best fertilizer for your plants without spending a dime.

5. Use Natural Methods to Aerate and Pollinate 

Rather than aerating the soil in your yard every year, why not allow nature’s aerators to do it for you. Give a colony of worms or ants something to do by giving them a new home in your garden. Also, rather than discourage bees in your yard, invite them in as they help pollinate the plants and flowers, which in turn, helps them to thrive. 

6. Create a Buffer Zone

If your yard butts up to a waterway of some kind (lake, river, pond), leave a 10-foot buffer zone between the mowed grass and the body of water. Allow whatever vegetation is in the buffer zone to grow as it likes. This will help absorb any fertilizer you may be using before it can leech into the water, and it will help compact the soil to discourage erosion. 

Taking care of your lawn and garden is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it also contributes to a healthy environment. Use the eco-friendly yard and garden care tips above to keep your lawn and the planet healthy.