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Get a Green Lawn with Green Lawn Care

by Shannon Lee, All About Lawns Columnist

Many homeowners believe that fertilizers and pesticides are the only way to keep their lawn looking green and beautiful. But those same ingredients that make your lawn lush and green can be dangerous to your family, pets, and neighbors, not to mention the long-term impact the chemicals can have on the environment.

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  • Make it greener
  • Eliminate patches
  • Less weeds
  • Make it thicker
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Get Peace of Mind with Green Lawn Care

Green lawn care can be much easier than traditional lawn care, and the benefits to the environment are clear. Your lawn can be just as lush and full without all the chemicals.

  • Use native plants and grasses. Since they are attuned to the environment already, you don't need to use fertilizer, and they are often naturally resistant to insects in the area.
  • Use an integrated pest management program. Instead of bringing in pesticides, bring in favorable bugs and insects that eat the ones you don't want hanging around, and let them do the work for you.
  • Use heavy mulch around trees and plants to help hold in water and prevent weeds from sprouting. If you do have weeds come up through the mulch, pull them by hand and add fresh mulch to prevent new weeds.
  • Leave grass clippings on the ground after mowing, and sprinkle compost over your lawn from time to time to "top dress" it. This takes the place of fertilizer and might actually work better.
  • Set mower blades high and keep grass longer to discourage insects and and weeds without using a single drop of pesticides.
  • If you absolutely must use a pesticide or fertilizer, look for organic ones that do no harm to the environment, and spot treat only.

You might find that organic lawn care gives you a lush, beautiful lawn, with the added bonus of more time on your hands. Why not enjoy that time in your gorgeous backyard?


About the Author
Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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