Earth Day is an annual affair so we decided to find the five easiest and quickest landscaping tips that will ensure you are creating a healthier earth for years to come.
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Mow High and Check Lawn Mower
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Many homeowners assume that if they skip a lawn mowing session, they can just cut their lawn shorter next time. In fact, this is one of the most common landscaping mistakes. Do not cut your lawn short. In fact, mowing high is much better for your lawn and the earth. Mowing high makes sure your lawn can go through the necessary photosynthesis process to produce a healthy and green lawn. Set your mower at 2.5-3".
In order to cut your lawn efficiently, you need to make sure your mower is operating at a high level. Therefore, make sure your blades are sharp. This allows your plants to heal quickly and avoid plant viruses, molds or insect infestations. While you’re checking your lawn mower for Earth Day, make sure it doesn’t leak gas or oil onto your lawn. These substances can easily kill your lawn, the very thing we are trying to prevent on Earth Day.
Do Not Waste Water
Most lawns only need 1” of water each week. One of the primary goals of Earth Day is to educate homeowners on conserving water. One of the best ways to save water is to not over-wet your lawn. You can tell this by simply walking across your lawn. If you leave footprints, it's time to water. You may think more water is good for your lawn, but in fact, it can prevent the growing process.
Another way to save water is by making sure your sprinkler system is not wasting any water. If your sprinklers are hitting the side of your house, the sidewalk, street or driveway, adjust them so they only hit the lawn. Additionally, make sure you have a rain shut-off device to eliminate unnecessary watering. For more tips, check out our sprinkler system repair cost guide.
Bonus Tip: Clean your driveway with a broom instead of your hose. You could save about 60 gallons of water with each cleaning.
Plant With A Strategy
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As spring rolls around, many homeowners choose to lively up their lawn with new plants or pavers. That is great news, but before you get down and dirty, make sure you have a strategic plan in place.
Planting drought-resistant plants or using drought-resistant grasses can significantly reduce your watering needs during the warmer months of the year. They also require less maintenance in subsequent months. Furthermore, you should plant flowers and shrubs in strategic positions to reduce run-off so that you won't waste water during spring lawn care. Use natural substances when you can to control both diseases and pests, as organic lawn care practices may increase your lawn's longevity, and may even influence your watering needs.
Give Composting A Try
Recycling organic matter into soil conditioning, fertilization and enrichment material requires a process that is known as composting. It’s a technique that uses living organisms to enrich the soil that plants need in order to grow and stay healthy. Believe it or not, you have all those living organisms in your yards that can easily be converted into soil or fertilizer. Leaves and grass clippings make excellent ingredients for a compost pile, which provides nutrient-rich fertilizer for gardens.
Composting is a great and inexpensive way to help the environment and cut down on the need for fertilizers and pesticides. It’s also an activity that both adults and children can participate in. To get the best out of composting, it’s necessary to understand how it’s done and what's needed to make it happen.
Show Your Lawns Some Love
Finally, I want to push our loyal readers to give their lawns and watering systems more attention this year. Set a schedule for mowing and watering your lawn. Make sure your kids remember to turn off the faucets. Encourage them to take shorter showers. All in all, just give our earth the attention it deserves.
The only way to create a healthier earth is by taking care of what is in our control. We control how much water we use. We control what our lawn looks like. We control what flowers to plant. We control it all. Now that you know these basic Earth Day tips, go out and find other ways to preserve a better world for our children and grandchildren.
How are you preserving a better earth for your children? Let us know in the comments section below.