If you want to be more environmentally sustainable in your lawn care this spring, there are many green methods you could apply to your home’s landscape.
To help you, we got advice from numerous experts. They include: Kevin Williams, partner and lead designer at the landscape design firm Nievera Williams; Chad Vander Veen, communications manager from Purchase Green Artificial Grass and Supplies; and Gena Lorainne, a horticulturist and plants expert for Fantastic Gardeners.
Avoid Using Stone for Driveways
Williams has been xeriscaping – the practice of installing drought-resistant landscaping – for years. He recommends using more sustainable materials instead of stone for your driveway.
“I like to not only use drought-tolerant, wind-tolerant and low-maintenance plant materials, but also sustainable hardscape materials like composite woods and turf stabilizers that limit the need or use of stone for driveways and terraces,” says Williams.
Unlike stone, Williams says that plant materials turn carbon dioxide into oxygen and provide habitats for animals – plants are the critical bases of food chains for nearly all ecosystems.
“Stone is not necessarily bad for the environment, but it is a large conductor of heat and in most cases it is necessary to use stone for more practical and/or functional spaces, as well as egress,” says Williams.
Use Industrial Materials
To avoid having any water from your driveway seep into your yard, Williams recommends using Morton steel, railroad ties and concrete objects to block the water.
“For better water retention on a lawn, incorporate industrial materials that can serve as retaining walls or curbs,” says Williams.
Try LED Lighting
To save more energy, use LED lighting to light up your lawn instead of traditional lighting.
“Use LED fixtures in landscape lighting whenever possible if designing lighting for pools, fountains and landscapes,” says Williams.
According to Williams, LED is extremely efficient as it consumes up to 90% less power than incandescence bulbs and requires less maintenance. And, LEDs have greater longevity than most lighting fixtures.
Consider Artificial Grass
By replacing your real grass with artificial grass, not only will you save time not having to mow, but you’ll also be going greener by not polluting your yard.
“By installing artificial turf, you can decrease the amount of gas pollution that goes into the air and into the ground, which will significantly reduce your carbon footprint on the planet,” says Vander Veen.
Another plus to replacing your grass seed – you could save money by not buying fertilizers that could harm other living organisms.
“Many fertilizers and most pesticides are extremely toxic to the animals and insects that live in and around your lawn. Such as birds, bees and fish,” says Vander Veen.
After mowing your lawn, instead of just leaving your grass clippings behind, you could recycle them.
“You can recycle grass clippings after mowing the lawn, which are like a free mulch for it,” said Lorainne.
Also, you could use other household waste to fertilize your lawn – but Lorainne recommends avoiding using meat or bones.
“Kitchen waste such as coffee grounds, banana peels and eggshells can be added to the soil instead of your garbage can,” says Lorainne.
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