Lawn

12 ways to Green Your Lawn

Having a lush, green lawn is a coveted goal of many suburban homeowners. Below are some eco-considerations to help you turn up the green (and we don’t mean color) as you plant and care for your lawn.

  1. Choose an electric or push mower

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    Gasoline-powered mowers contribute to air and noise pollution and produce significant volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

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  2. Use a mulching mower

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    Keep fine grass clippings and shredded leaves on the lawn to provide a natural fertilizer.

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  3. Set and sharpen your mower blade correctly

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    A sharpened blade set at the correct height helps keep your lawn healthy.

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  4. Use organic soil amendments

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    If needed, add organic fertilizer: its slower release means grass won’t grow so fast and you won’t have to mow as often.

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  5. Use natural pest control

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    Choose organic treatments for grubs and other lawn pests.

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  6. Use natural disease control

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    Choose natural treatments for common lawn diseases.

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  7. Reduce the size of your lawn

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    A smaller lawn means less mowing, watering, and fertilizing.

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  8. Plant the right grass for your climate

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    Planting the right grass saves on water and fertilizer.

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  9. Plant a "low-mow" grass or lawn alternative

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    Replace some of your lawn with a ground cover or moss.

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  10. Practice xeriscaping

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    Plant native or drought-resistant plants, especially if you live in dry climate.

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  11. Choose the correct watering system

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    Keep your garden looking green without draining the water bank with these H2O saving ideas.

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  12. Choose organic lawn and landscape services

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    Organic landscape and lawn services are springing up everywhere to meet the needs of homeowners who want healthy water, air, and soil along with a well-kept yard.

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Comments

10/04/2007
11:42am
fairiechick@gmail.com

Submitted this earlier .... should mention this type of turf-grass. It only grows 6 inches ... needs to be mowed once a year.
Originally used out west, but cultivars are being created for the northeast.

10/31/2007
4:58pm
lynn.c.jones@comcast.net

Hi B Dietz,

Thanks for the suggestion. Check out "Plant the right grass for your climate" where I mention buffalo grass. Have you ever grown it? I haven't, so I'd be interested in hearing about your experience with it. If there's anything else you'd like to see added to the Lawn or Gardening pages, please let me know. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

Lynn

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