Green eco-friendly gardening is a great way to give back to the planet and keep your family healthy in the process. Traditional lawns are environmentally taxing and have an excessive upkeep process. With winter fast approaching it is important to prepare your lawn now so it will be beautiful for the spring. So why not invest in a “green” lawn and garden that can successfully weather all the seasons.
Making Your Lawn Eco-Friendly
One of the basic premises for all green living is that you are using things in a sustainable way. By using grasses and shrubbery that are native to your climate, you will already be a step ahead in building a successful garden. That being said, you will want to select a grass seed that is inclined to thrive in your area. After you’ve chosen the seed it is important to see that your soil is ready for planting.
The key to creating an organic lawn is to be sure that the soil is bio diverse. This means that it must contain an optimum mixture of live organisms as well as the physical soil itself. Basically it must have bugs such as earthworms and other microorganisms that by their nature keep the soil moving and evolving. This will provide a healthy, rich environment in which your grass can flourish.
Once your lawn is 1 to 2 inches high you will want to mow it for the first time. Keep your mower set to the highest setting so you can leave the grass blades as long as possible. This will result in your grass getting the nutrients that it needs. Grass clippings are a great food source so get into the habit of leaving about 1/3 of them on the grass so it will further break down into the soil. As for watering, in order to be more eco-friendly it is important to water less frequently but when you do, water deeply. Drip hoses are ideal for this method. Always water in the early morning when the grass will retain the most moisture.
So now you have your awesome green and eco-friendly lawn. But what is the best way to prepare for the onslaught of winter? In autumn, the warm soil, coupled with the cool nights is the ideal condition for seed germination. Reseed your lawn with a native mix ideal for colder weather—ask your local nursery for the proper blend.
After seeding, it is important to tap the seed down with a rake to ensure a good seed-to-soil ratio. Then top with a light layer of paper mulch in order to keep in the moisture. You must keep the soil from getting dry until the seeds have sprouted. The fall is also an ideal time to fertilize—be sure to use an organic product like Garret’s Juice, it will help your lawn grow and is an environmentally responsible option. Your lawn will go dormant after the first few weeks of winter so the key to keeping your lawn healthy through this season is to continue to water every 2-3 weeks. This will give your lawn a solid basis to “spring back” when the weather gets warm again.
Green lawns are a great addition to any home. By using a bio-diverse process with your soil, as well as keeping seeds to a native variety, you can build a lawn that will thrive in your climate. Be sure to use only organic products as well as natural methods to keep your plants and lawn healthy. When you provide the necessary investment into your lawn up front, you can be rewarded with a low maintenance eco-friendly option that is safe for your family and pets.
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