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Having a nice lawn is something that many people think about, especially during the summer. By targeting several management strategies, lawn care can become more environmentally friendly and help keep our water clean.
Leave the clippings on your lawn. Over time the action of mowing and taking away the clippings can deplete the soil of valuable nutrients. Leaving the clippings returns these nutrients to the soil and can promote less fertilizer usage over time.
Mow high. Adjust your lawn mower to mow in the 3 to 4 inch range. In general, grass should be in the 4 to 4.5 range at its longest. The health of the grass significantly increases when you can leave more green growth on the plant. Healthier grass means that your lawn will have less instances of disease, insect and weed issues.
Keep your lawn mower blades sharp. This ensures that you are not tearing/shredding the blades of grass. Continuously tearing and/or shredding the plant can hurt the crown of the plant and ultimately kill the grass. Check at your local hardware store as to who in your local area can sharpen your blades.
Fertilize in the fall. Fertilizer applications should always be based on a soil test. Fertilizing without a soil test can easily lead to over-applying fertilizer, which can cause problems for our environment such as algae blooms in our local waterways. If you choose to fertilize, a late fall application in September and then in mid to late October is the best time. Adding a fertilizer application again in mid- to late May helps keep the lawn green and healthy throughout the summer. Do not add fertilizer during or right before an expected rain event as that is throwing money away, and adding nutrient pollution to local waterways.
Consider letting the grass go dormant in a dry summer. If the summer is dry, you may decide to save water and not irrigate your lawn. If you choose this option, the grass will go dormant and turn brown. Don’t worry, the grass is not dead. It will revive when cooler weather and rain come back in the fall. Grass generally does not die until you have 4-6 weeks of very dry weather. Choosing to water is your personal decision but know that you should water deeply and infrequently rather that quickly and often. As a general rule apply a half-inch of water every four weeks after the lawn turns brown. Also, it is important to minimize traffic on a dormant lawn to reduce possible damage.
Rethink your lawn. Did you know that we can thank pollinators for 1 in 3 bites of our food? Unfortunately, grass does not offer the nectar or pollen sources that pollinators need to survive. Consider turning part of your landscape into a pollinator garden or admiring the beauty that clover, violets and dandelions provide in a sea of green. It is important to do your research on local ordinances especially if you choose to make your yard a “pollinator lawn”. To check out more information on pollinator lawns, go to Michigan State University, https://pollinators.msu.edu or the Blue Print Partnership, https://bluethumb.org/ .
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For additional questions on conservation minded lawn care, contact the Warren County Soil and Water Conservation District main office at 513-695-1337.
6/1/2021 11:25:20 am
This Is very Helpful thank you.
12/2/2021 12:20:47 pm
I want to make sure that my lawn is healthy and lasts a long time. It makes sense that I would want to ensure that it's good for the environment, too! I'll be sure to work with a professional to help me out with this.
3/24/2022 09:56:41 pm
I'm glad that you talked about the importance of considering the weather in your area and having a solution for safety. My aunt mentioned to me last night that she is planning to buy solutions for her lawn as their current lawn has discoloration and asked if I have any idea what is the best option to do. Thanks to this informative article and I'll be sure to tell her that it will be much better if she consults trusted lawn solutions services as they can answer all her inquiries and will surely provide good-quality winter grass.
5/23/2022 10:06:06 pm
Thank you for explaining that leaving the clippings can promote less fertilizer usage since they provide nutrients. My mother wants to treat our lawn to make it more appealing. I should advise her to look for a contractor that can guide her through the proper lawn care treatment.
5/28/2022 02:23:42 pm
Thank you for sharing this information.
6/9/2022 10:11:14 am
Thank you for these great suggestions about being mindful with lawncare! It's very important to remember that how we take care of our lawns are not only for our own satisfaction but also for the environment around us. Love these ideas!
9/28/2022 01:51:36 am
I recently moved into a new home and had a lawn in mind for my garden. I appreciate you pointing out that fertilizing without first doing a soil test can easily result in over-fertilizing, which can have negative effects on the ecosystem. I'll work with a commercial lawn care company to assist me to mow the grass.
10/12/2022 07:44:27 am
Beautifully write , We are honored to receive this award and look forward to continuing to serve the Fort Collins community with exceptional lawn care service.
10/25/2022 02:07:02 am
Lawn care is an important part of conserving our environment. By using the proper techniques, we can help reduce pollution and conserve water.
1/10/2023 12:37:17 pm
Very much appreciated. Thank you for this excellent article. Keep posting!
1/12/2023 04:49:05 pm
I appreciate what you said about making sure the blades are constantly sharpened. My lawn mower is having trouble making clean lines. I'll have to have the blades sharpened.
3/6/2023 10:13:35 pm
I'm glad you talked that a four to five-grass lawn range is the best solution for a functional lawn. My aunt informed me yesterday that she planned to have their lawn serviced to boost the look and function of their lawn. She asked if I had thoughts on the best option to resolve it. I appreciate this instructive article, I'll tell her it will be much better if she consults trusted lawn mowing services as they can provide details about the process.
4/2/2023 09:24:36 am
Maintaining our lawns is an essential aspect of environmental conservation. By utilizing the legitimate procedures, we can assist with decreasing contamination and preserve water.
4/2/2023 09:26:25 am
I really appreciate your thoughtful advice regarding lawn care! Keep in mind that how we maintain our lawns is not only for our own satisfaction but also for the well-being of the surrounding environment. I love these concepts!
4/15/2023 06:09:29 am
Conservation-minded lawn care is an approach to lawn maintenance that focuses on preserving natural resources and minimizing environmental impact. This can involve a range of practices, such as reducing water usage, using organic fertilizers and pest control methods, and planting native grasses and plants that require less maintenance and resources. It's also important to avoid over-fertilizing or over-watering your lawn, which can lead to nutrient pollution and wasted water. By taking a conservation-minded approach to lawn care, you can help protect the environment, conserve resources, and promote a healthy and sustainable landscape.
5/16/2023 09:36:55 am
This article on conservation-minded lawn care is a fantastic resource for anyone looking to maintain a beautiful lawn while minimizing their environmental impact. The emphasis on reducing water usage through proper irrigation practices and implementing native plants and grasses to enhance biodiversity is commendable. I particularly appreciate the mention of organic fertilizers and the reminder to avoid harmful chemicals that can harm the ecosystem. It's inspiring to see the shift towards sustainable lawn care practices, and I'm excited to implement these tips in my own yard.
5/31/2023 10:33:32 am
"Great post! Thanks for sharing this awesome article.
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