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rest. Then, dispose of what's left in the most environmentally friendly
way. Read the tips below.
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|Some Tips to Follow:
- Develop healthy soil. Make sure your soil has the right
pH balance, key nutrients, and good texture. You can buy easy-to-use
soil analysis kits at hardware stores.
- Choose the right grass for your climate. If your area
gets very little rain, don't plant a type of grass that needs a lot
of water. Select grass seed that is well suited to your climate and
other growing conditions such as the amount of sunlight and rain you
lawn receives. Over-seed your lawn each Fall by spreading seeds on
top of the lawn. A thicker lawn helps to crowd out weeds.
- Longer is Better. Make sure the lawn mower blades are
sharp. Grass that is slightly long makes a strong, healthy lawn with
few pest problems. Weeds have a hard time taking root and growing
when grass is around 2½ to 3½ inches for most types of grass.
- Water Early. It is time to water if footprint impressions
stay in the lawn and do not spring back. Water early in the morning,
and only water for short periods for time, so the soil may absorb
the water. Longer grass has stronger roots and retains water better.
- Correct thatch buildup. Thatch is a layer of dead plant
materials between the grass blades and the soil. When thatch gets
too thick, deeper than 3/4 of an inch, water and nutrients are
prevented from getting into the soil, and reaching the roots of the
grass. Overusing synthetic fertilizer can create a heavy layer of
thatch, and some kinds of grass are prone to thatch buildup.
Milorganite is a good organic fertilizer for the entire yard.
- Recycle grass. Don't pick up the grass clippings after
you mow. Clippings will return nutrients and moisture to the soil.
Consider buying a mulching lawn mower. This will cut the grass
clippings finer, and blow them into the lawn.
- Let your lawn breathe. Once a year, remove small plugs of
earth to allow air and water to aerate the grass roots.
- Invite a few weeds and insects into you garden. Think of
you lawn as a small piece of nature where pests have their place.
Often, nature provides its own pest control in the form of birds or
other insects that feed on the insects we consider nuisances.
- Use manual tools. Tools that don't require electric or
gasoline engines are especially handy for small yards or small jobs.
There are hand tools available that will meet a wide variety of lawn
and garden needs - like lightweight, quiet, easy-to-use reel push
mowers that generate no emissions.
From the USEPA