Earth Day: Rethinking Your Lawn

Posted on April 19, 2018

Earth Day is right around the corner! One simple way to positively impact our earth and waterways is to rethink how we treat our lawns.

Green lawns date back to medieval times when they were a status symbol for the rich, whose labor force maintained them. Today, they are commonplace in American life. But is there a better way to approach lawn care?

Consider the impact that chemical pesticides, fertilizers, and weed control products have on our kids, pets, wildlife and waterways; and consider how much time and energy lawns take to maintain. In addition, there is the cost. According to Mintel, Americans spend more than $29 billion a year on lawn care.*

It’s time to think creatively about how to avoid the chemicals and work, plus cut down on cost.

  1. 1) Shrink your lawn: Mow and maintain less of your lawn and let native plants and groundcovers take over the rest.
  2. 2) Put the mower away: Longer grass is less likely to dry out, and more likely to crowd out weeds, leading to a healthier lawn. Try mowing once every 3-4 weeks instead.
  3. 3) Plant a vegetable garden: Turn your lawn into an investment in your health.
  4. 4) Stop the chemicals: Weeds are native plants and attract more wildlife to your yard. For Earth Day, let’s redefine what a beautiful yard is!

Sources:

https://www.thelawninstitute.org/pages/education/lawn-history/lawns-and-lawn-history/

*2015 Mintel market research