The only thing more satisfying than a plush, healthy, green, better-than-your-neighbor’s lawn is a healthier, greener wallet. Many people think fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemicals are the only way to improve a dull lawn, but these methods can be dangerous to the environment and your budget. There are several natural ways to enhance the look of your lawn and save a few bucks while you do it.
Water less frequently. This may come as a surprise, but frequent watering can actually be bad for your lawn. Over-watering encourages shallow root systems, so watering your lawn less (most lawns require just an inch of water a week including precipitation) forces grass to deepen its roots. Plants with the deepest roots receive the most nutrients and water and tend to outlive those with shallower systems. It may be best to forget your watering schedule and only water when you notice the first signs of wilting or curling.
Adjust your mower settings. It’s best to keep your mower at a higher setting (2 to 4 inches for most types of grass). Allowing your grass to grow a bit taller allows it to put energy into growing new shoots rather than replacing its height after each mow. Additionally, longer grass provides shade to its own roots and soil which helps retain moisture and lessens the need for watering.
Go bagless. Instead of bagging grass clippings when you mow, leave them on your lawn. The clippings contain the same nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium nutrients as fertilizer- they can even provide up to a third of the annual feeding requirements for your lawn. Not only does this method not cost a dime, it saves you the time and energy of bagging your clippings, dragging them to the curb, and paying to have them hauled away.
Fertilize the smart way. If you feel your lawn needs additional fertilizers, be sure to test your soil with a DIY kit (you can find these online or at most home improvement stores) to determine what exactly it does or doesn’t need. Never apply fertilizers before mowing or on a windy day or your expensive product will end up everywhere except your lawn. You should also lightly water your lawn after fertilizer application to ensure that the chemicals stick to your grass and don’t get blown away.
Having the greenest lawn on the block doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. GE Landscape Supply is eager to help you plan, build, and maintain your outdoor landscape at prices that will keep your lawn green and your pocketbook even greener!
Published: January 16, 2017