15 Mar 2013
Having a lush green lawn is easier than you think if you use the right tools. You can be efficient with your gardening and eco-conscious.
If it's lush green lawn that you're after, but also care about your carbon footprint, there are a few tools and practices that can help you have it both ways.
Many of the tips for maintaining a truly green lawn can also save you money and time. Here are a few suggestions you can put into action for a healthy lawn.
Give back to your lawn
One of the best treatments for your lawn is to let a layer of clippings settle on the top of your turf after mowing. The clippings decompose and replenish your soil, encouraging positive growth. A common misconception is that leaving the clippings on top of your lawn leads to the development of thatch, but that is usually caused by other conditions. Leaving your clippings only helps your lawn, and lessens the amount of work you have to do.
Go green with lithium-ion-powered mowers and lawn tools
If you make the switch to a battery-powered mower, you can start your lawnmower easily every time without having to worry about polluting the air. With mowers like a Bosch Li-Ion lawnmower y ou can get the same great performance as a petrol mower with up to 70 minutes of run time and the Rotak lawnmower mows with the power previously achieved only by a petrol-driven lawnmower. It also has innovative grass combs to provide unique results when cutting close to edges.
Be wise with your water
With a few strategic adjustments, you can significantly reduce the amount of water you use to keep your lawn healthy. Water the lawn less frequently with a good soaking each time and the water you use will go further. Watering in the morning will also help your lawn soak up the water, rather than having it evaporate before it makes it into your soil. Installing a rain barrel is also a great way to reuse the water that runs off your house without ever having to turn on the tap.
Buy a discerning fertiliser
Chemical fertilisers might offer quick results, but organic fertilisers often provide more staying power as they focus on improving soil quality rather than the quick fix of applying nutrients directly to the plant. Choose an organic fertiliser that is chlorine-free and promotes microbial action in soils.
Allow your lawn to protect itself
Mowing your grass too short is a key mistake many people make. The rule of thumb is to never cut more than one-third of the current height. This will ensure that your grass can develop deep enough roots to thrive and won't get scorched when summer temperatures arrive.
You can have a beautiful, green lawn without putting extra stress on the environment.
Article courtesy of www.home-dzine.co.za
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