Lawns are a big user of resources, even on a residential level so it’s important to review our practices from time to time to ensure that we are taking care of our environment in the best way possible.
And so we introduce the 4 Rs of greener lawn care; reducing, reusing, recycling and rebuying.
By using 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.
Make sure you are following the best possible watering practice – less frequent but deeper – and only as your lawn requires to reduce water wastage.
Rainwater collected in buckets or tanks can be reused on your lawn, reducing your waste consumption as well as your water bill.
If you mow your lawn frequently the grass clippings can be left on the ground where they will quickly breakdown being reused as a natural fertiliser.
Grass clippings can also be recycled. As long as you have not recently applied a pesticide or herbicide and your lawn is weed-free, grass clippings can be added to your compost pile or bin to add nutrients.
Where possible, consider buying 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 rethinking our practices in the yard and considering what’s best for the long term.