These days, everyone is wanting that ‘green, green grass of home…’ In fact, the perfect lawn is on the top of the priority list for many homeowners. And the good news is that you can achieve that ‘dream about lawn’ and be environmentally responsible as well. Here are some tips to make sure that your lawn is green, not only in colour but in every way.
Your first step towards sustainable lawn care is to think carefully about what type of grass you use for your lawn. Consider the climate, the amount of water available and what shade and/or sun the lawn is going receive. Buffalo lawn has become one of Australia’s most chosen grasses for both domestic and industrial use because it is tolerant of both heat and cold, can stand wear and tear and is perfect for shaded areas.
Of course, the first thing that springs to mind when we talk of lawn maintenance is the use of chemical fertilisers and weed control. You can still achieve the great lawn you want without it being a synthetic chemical dumping site. Choose your fertilisers carefully and mix only to the directions specified. Also, you might like to consider using a more organic solution such as corn gluten meal which is a natural protein that is very effective as a lawn stimulant. Avoid spilling chemicals or fertilisers onto paths or using them where the runoff may pollute waterways. Not only is this an environmental hazard, but it could be dangerous for children or pets as well.
Every bug or beetle that crawls across your lawn is not necessarily going to devour your grass. Use pesticides sparingly and only when needed. Again, mix only as specified by the manufacturer. If you are unsure, the experts at Rivers Edge Turf can answer any questions and help you to know when it’s necessary to spray for insects.
Where possible, remove weeds by hand rather than using sprays, before they go to flower. This helps minimise the spread of seeds and is a more natural way of controlling unwanted pesky plants.
Water wisely. The mental image of a perfectly green and lush lawn doesn’t take into account that there was a time when water was more abundant than it is now. That’s why you need to think carefully about when and how much you water your lawn. As a general rule, it’s best to water deeply and less frequently, preferably in the early morning before the sun gets too hot on the grass. Watering at this time of day provides the grass with enough water to withstand the heat of the day, without wasting excess water through ground seepage. Again, a water-wise choice such as buffalo lawn will help in making sure that your water usage is minimal and well spent.
Mowing your lawns has an unavoidable environmental effect. Not only do petrol driven mowers produce unhealthy emissions, they can also tear at the lawn you are trying so hard to perfect! That’s why it’s best to mow when the lawn is dry and avoid cutting the grass too short.
By improving your lawn care practices, you can create a yard that is food for the eyes and yet totally organic. Going ‘green’ doesn’t mean compromising any of your lawn’s natural beauty, but rather enhances it because you have the satisfaction of knowing that it’s been achieved responsibly and sustainably.