Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Greener Lawn Care

Lawn care can be a pretty toxic chore. With pesticides, herbicides, gas fumes, large amounts of water, and more. Thankfully there are many ways to make lawn care greener.

A couple of years ago we got a WORX electric lawn mower. It's great and my husband loves that I can now mow. Before the gas fumes were to much for my asthma but since it's electric, it has no fumes. All of our other lawn care items are WORX electric as well.

Chemicals are another part of taking care of a yard that can be bad for your health and the health of the environment. Studies have linked Roundup to birth defects, which only adds to the worries of using chemicals on your yard. So what can you use that is safe?

For weeds white vinegar is great! Now it will kill grass as well so it's best for on sidewalks and places you want to kill everything. You can get the big gallon size bottles of vinegar and put them in a pump sprayer and spray it where needed. For gardens lay down cardboard or layers of newspaper around the plants and cover with mulch to keep down the weeds without chemicals.

For bugs, EcoSmart is a fairly good brand and most Home Depots and Lowes carry it, making it easy to find. Borax is another option but I'm not a fan of using it outside as it's toxic if ingested by people or animals. Soapy water will kill some bugs and garlic is great for keep bugs away from your garden. I also found garlic powder on my plants kept the rabbits from eating my plants. There are a ton of other great natural options, click here for some of them.

Many parts of the country are currently in a drought and having watering bans. While conserving water is always important, times like this are even more so. Rain barrels are one way to save water. I not only collect rain water in mine, but I also dump my grey water in it. Also be sure to water early in the morning or late in the evening when it's cooler and less water will just evaporate. When planting new plants choose plants that handle your climate well and are drought tolerant.

Using tips like these can help you to have a healthier yard for you and the planet. Please be sure to share any of your tips with us as well!

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