Here in the U.S., we love our lawns. A lush, emerald lawn is a great play area for children and dogs. It’s also a sign of being a good neighbor who takes care of their property.
But lately, some homeowners are rethinking the purposes of a lawn. The question of whether it’s worth it to keep up traditional lawn care solely for the aesthetic appearance is being measured against the cost, effort, and environmental consequences.
Pristine lawns require a lot of maintenance, such as mowing, fertilizing, watering, and eliminating pests and weeds. These common lawn practices often have a negative impact on the environment.
So here are some eco-friendly ways to care for your turf that take less work and use less water and chemicals than the typical lawn.
Work with nature by allowing plants native to your area to take over your lawn. Native plants help reduce your environmental footprint while supporting wildlife.
Native plants and flowers serve as food for birds, butterflies, and other pollinators, helping the earth to thrive. Once the plants are established, they don’t need to be watered often.
Plus, you won’t really have to use fertilizer or pesticides or mow very frequently, saving you time and money. Not only that, but pesticides are harmful to beneficial insects.
So cutting down on the use of pesticides will keep toxins out of the area and let the helpful bugs stay around.
In addition, letting your lawn grow out will also give you cleaner air. Lawnmowers are notorious for spreading out grass pollen, triggering allergy symptoms like sneezing, itchiness, and sinus congestion. It turns an already unpleasant chore into an even bigger challenge.