Introducing the 4 Rs of greener lawn care; reducing, reusing, recycling and rebuying. Lawns can be a big user of resources, even on a residential level so it’s essential to review our lawn care practices from time to time to ensure that we are taking care of our environment in the best possible way.
The use of manual garden tools over petrol or electric-powered tools reduces waste, reduces costs and reduces air and noise pollution. Consider reducing the amount of pesticides used in the care of your lawn; spot treat disease and weeds whenever possible. Follow the best possible watering regime – less frequent but deeper – and only water as your lawn needs it to reduce water wastage.
Collected rainwater in buckets or tanks can be reused on your lawn, reducing your waste consumption as well as your water bill. After you mow frequently leave your lawn clippings on the ground where they will quickly breakdown being reused as a natural fertiliser.
Grass clippings can also be recycled and added to your compost heap or bin to add nutrients, as long as there are no recently applied pesticides or herbicides and your lawn is weed-free.
Why not consider buying used second-hand lawn and garden care equipment. It’s much better for the environment to rebuy and repurpose items such as lawnmowers, wheelbarrows and even rakes and garden forks. Often the time and money used to replace a handle outweighs the cost of a new one so it’s better for your back pocket too.
Greener lawn care is often just about thinking outside the box and considering what’s best for your lawn in the long term. To find out more just contact the team at Daleys Turf.