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How to Create an Eco-Friendly Lawn
When we picture our dream homes, most of us include a large, sweeping lawn. Though all that grass is pretty picturesque, it’s far from environmentally friendly. Most of the types of grass we use as ground cover are extremely thirsty plants. If you don’t live in a pretty wet climate, it’s hard for them to thrive without frequent watering.
Fortunately, there are several ways to make your yard more eco-friendly and sustainable. Not sure where to start? We’ve gathered these resources to help you create your environmentally conscious lawn.
Check the Rules
Don’t get knee-deep in a project before you know what’s allowed.
Many homeowners jump straight into lawn renovations and wind up getting hefty fines.
If you have an HOA, read your contract thoroughly so you know exactly what kind of changes you’re allowed to make in your yard.
Some cities and townships also have lawn care laws you may need to consider.
If you’re adding a fence, make sure your fence installers are aware of underground utility lines. Instead of searching for “fence contractors near me,” visit sites like Angi to find highly rated installers.
Tending to Grass
You can make a traditional lawn more environmentally friendly:
An outdoor misting system can keep your lawn cool and moist while using less water.
Consider planting drought-resistant grass, which will stand up better to dryer climates.
Water your lawn in the early morning so the grass has time to absorb the moisture before it evaporates.
Mulching can help your lawn retain moisture and use water more efficiently.
Of course, grass isn’t the only groundcover in the game.
Many homeowners across the US are looking to lawn alternatives to reduce their carbon footprint and water usage.
There are several alternatives to grass that require no mowing and little watering.
Gardening techniques like xeriscaping can cut down on your water usage significantly.
Get more out of your space and water usage by creating a food garden in your yard.
Native plants naturally thrive in your area’s climate.
Whether you love the look of a traditional lawn, want a super functional garden yard, or something in between, there are eco-friendly ways to make that dream come true. These steps will make your yard better for the environment and easier on your wallet. Keep these links on hand so you can create a water-conscious lawn to be proud of!
For more information on creating a world in harmony with nature, please connect with the Global Tree Initiative.
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