When the warmer summer months arrive, many homeowners may think of three standard tools for lawn care: a gas-powered lawnmower, a weed eater and a lawn sprinkler. But is this really the best method? By realizing the impact we all make on the environment, being eco-friendly when caring for our garden and lawn is a great way to not only lower bills, but can allow us to leave our planet in greater shape for our children. Here are a few lawn care tips for the summer.
Chose Human-Powered Lawn Tools
If your yard is small, a manual push mower is not only quieter than a gas powered mower, it is healthier for the grass and doesn’t emit pollution into the environment. It’s also a great way to get exercise and is more affordable than a traditional gas-powered or electrical lawnmower.
Be Responsible When Watering
Whether you use a garden hose or an intricate watering system to water your lawn, a great amount of water is required to maintain the average residential lawn. One of the best alternative ways to water the lawn is by collecting rain. Today, there are many choices in rain barrel collection technology that can be used to water the lawn from an attached spigot and irrigation hose.
Use Alternate Methods of Pest Control
Using natural methods for pest control is not only much safer for your family, it creates less pollution in the environment and is less toxic and expensive than products that are chemical based. Select pheromone-based, nontoxic products to remove annoying pets such as wasps, flies and bees.
Effective Weed Control
Studies have shown that many popular chemical-based weed killers are dangerous and even in some cases, carcinogenic, making them dangerous for humans and pets. Additionally, these types of products can seep into surface water, pollute drinking water supplies, as well as negatively affect ground water. There are many natural weed control options, including laying down mulch or using a vinegar spray.
Let the Kids Help
Ok, maybe this isn’t an eco-friendly tip, but it is a great way to get your kids involved in caring for the environment! During the months of summer vacation, a great way to get your kids away from video games, tablets and the television is to get them involved in helping in the garden and with lawn care. Rather than present this as just another chore, make things fun by purchasing children’s gardening accessories and tools. Take the kids on your next trip to your local home and garden supply store and allow them to select new plants and flowers for your garden. By participating in planting vegetable and fruit seedlings, they will be even more encouraged to eat the fruits of their labor.
Caring for the lawn during the summer months in an eco-friendly way will not only make your lawn look great during the summer months, but is a great way to contribute in a positive way to the environment. By minimizing our impact to our environment, you can create a healthier and great looking yard.