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  • Matt Keenan

Your lawn and the environment

Do lawns disturb nature?

Our answer is NO. Let's dive into the two biggest claims against lawn care and the one you may not be aware of.

You water your houseplants, your flower garden, and even your newly planted trees but why? Because you are taking care of your property and your lawn is no exemption like all plants healthy lawns need to be watered on occasion, and like all components of your home, you're entitled to a healthy-looking lawn. The water cycle means water isn't wasted, during the summer when you are watering your lawn, moisture is evaporating faster than the water can leach down into the water table meaning that all the water you supply indirectly cools your home through evaporation.

Protecting our pollinators means protecting our native plants and crops. But eliminating your dandelions isn't the real problem, climate change is the real threat to our pollinators in more ways than one. Reversing climate change means reducing our impact so choosing organic-based fertilizers is a great way to recycle waste instead of using fossil fuels.

Dandelions can be a source of nectar to pollinators but according to the honey bee research station, dandelions are not even a preferred food. Long before dandelions emerge, pollinators are taking advantage of trees and continue to do so throughout the year because of the higher nutrition content. A field of dandelions may offer some food but is nothing in comparison to trees and ornamental gardens. Keep your lawn, plant a tree.

Petroleum-based fertilizers

The white and blue fertilizer everyone is used to is primarily made from natural gas and requires tremendous amounts of energy to produce. This is the cheapest way to fertilize your lawn and certainly the most widely available. Fertilize cheaply and you'll become familiar with insects, disease, and compaction.

Not all fertilizers are created equal and by using the cheapest product out there you are missing out on all the benefits of organic-based products while also creating more management responsibilities for yourself. Instead, organic-based fertilizers give your lawn what it needs —healthy soil.

Highly soluble synthetic fertilizer is mostly filler but the real problem is all the extra work you're creating for yourself. These products deplete your beloved turf's stored energy, slowly depletes the fertility of your soil, and will even make it more difficult for your grass to acquire other nutrients and moisture in the soil.

Come home to your lawn

Lawns, gardens are walkways are the extensions of your home. To be proud is a universal feeling and you are entitled to take pride in your surroundings. Spending time at your home should be a delight and something you are putting out into the wide world for anyone else to experience. Love your home, love your lawn.

Wrapping up

Traditional lawn care approaches are not beneficial to the environment but not for the reasons you may think. The problem is our contribution to greenhouse gasses and businesses can be more cognizant. Everyone should be proud of their home so If you are hesitant to maintain a beautiful lawn because of the environmental impact, all you need is the right choice of products and you can absolutely benefit the environment and love your lawn.

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