(Pi, enjoying the soft green at the Philbrook)
For those of us who have yards we want things to look nice. For most of us that means the pretty lawn with the pretty flowers. But what I am talking about here is the kinder green green yard. So often our friends and neighbors turn to chemicals to make their lawn pretty. The type of chemicals that come with warnings that say keep pets and children off of grass after use. Umm I ‘m sorry do you really want to use toxic chemicals on your yard? If so this article is not for you. If you want to have safer green yard this year then read on.
- Reconsider the Lawn all together – Is it necessary to have a lawn? I personally prefer the front yard. A place for kids to play and pets to romp. The notion of a front lawn is a relatively new one in the United States. The whole idea of the front lawn took hold after WWII.
- Plant Native Plants – When you use native grasses, shrubs and plants you need less water for your yard.
- Mow often but not too short – when you mow to show it affect the health of the grass. Slightly longer grass if actually a little healthier
- Sharpen Mower Blades Once a Year - Spring is a great time for this.
- Spot Treat Weeds with Vinegar Mix 5 parts white vinegar, 2 parts water, 1 part dish soap, and apply with a hand pump sprayer.(Vinegar can burn grass and garden plants, so be sure to spot treat weeds only.)
- Water Infrequently – water less often, but water deeply, this encourages the grass and other plants to grow deeper roots.
- Have less lawn and more garden – grass uses more of our water resources and for many more chemicals than any other part of our lives. When you plant more native plants they are naturally more hardy and need less care.
- Use Compost – it is never too late to start composting, and you really don’t need a big area to do it. When done right it does not smell, except really good.
- Try a rock garden – Seriously not all soil is good for growing, in fact if you have a new house in a new development chances are you don’t have any top soil at all. So why not try a rock garden? Go for that simple Zen look of a rocks with a nice shrub or two.
this post is linked up to Your Green Resource