Eco-friendly Lawn Care Tips for Kansas City Homeowners
To honor our wonderful planet, we have Earth day, which is a yearly holiday that takes place every April 22nd. But just because April is two seasons away this year, that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate Earth day every day! Follow these four tips to keep your lawn healthy and eco-friendly!
Summer has finally ended, which means that kids have went back to school and the weather has gotten cooler. On the other hand, at various garden centers, there are still Fall deals to seize! If you’re a lawn care enthusiast, you are undoubtedly waiting impatiently to buy your next set of gear, tools, and supply. So for the sake of our Earth, I implore you to be mindful of what products you’re buying.
Many homeowners often doubt their environmental impact, noting that one tiny lawn won’t suddenly cause global destruction. On the contrary, one lawn may not create a devastating disaster but a large number of lawns will impact the regional environment. Which is, well, bad for lawns.
Look, you deserve a beautiful lawn. However, decreasing your overall environmental impact won’t take that away from you. In fact, saving the environment is an adjustment, not a sacrifice. So when you leave to purchase your supply, remember four ways in serving your environment by:
1. Conserving Water
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Have a hose? Ditch it! Get a sprinkler, which, according to The Kansas City Sprinkler System, saves to 50% in water consumption. Want to step up it a level? Start collecting rainwater! By watering your lawn with rainwater, you could not only enhance your lawn, but also reduce your monthly water bill.
2. Observing Chemicals
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In your lawn care endeavors, you might have switched from one brand of fertilizer to the next in order to find the perfect one. However, you might want to switch brands when you consider the long-term damages that some chemicals can wreak. For example, no one like bugs (well, except entomologists) because they’re annoying, possibly deadly, and, worst of all, everywhere. Part of keeping your lawn clean is keeping clean of bugs. However, note that non-organic pesticides are often deadly to more than house pets and, if ingested, children. So, if you can, be sure to buy organic fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides to keep your lawn and planet happy.
3. Preserving Yard Waste
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Speaking of fertilizer, don’t toss your lawn clippings and wastes. You can naturally return nutrients to the soils from dead grass by creating a compost pile. Wait, but why stop there? Support your lawn and our environment by adding decomposable waste from the home to the pile. That way, you could actually reduce your fertilizer use and cost significantly per year.
4. Reserving Gas
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Cars need gas and, so does lawn equipment. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Save money to purchase that more expensive electric set of lawn equipment. Why? Well, for one, it would greatly reduce your carbon footprint. Beyond that, it would also save you money in the future by reducing the number of times you would need to get it required. Generally, gas powered engines are stronger and faster but electromagnetic engines tend to last longer. In terms of cars, gas is absolutely necessary. In terms of lawn care, electric would do fine and persist.
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