How can you be eco friendly while starting a lawn?

Question by Tofu: How can you be eco friendly while starting a lawn?
I’m going to start a lawn from scratch and was wondering how to be eco friendly.

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Answer by Don
This depends on where you live, and how much water your area can spare. In many places the most eco friendly lawn is the one you never plant – lawns take enormous inputs of water, fertilizer, and labor, and there isn’t enough water for everyone to sustain this illusion of Scotland, supposedly where the idea of lawns came from.

Otherwise, the most eco friendly lawn I imagine would involve organic fertilizer incorporated into the soil, for natural fertility and so you won’t be needing chemical fertilizers.

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3 Responses to “How can you be eco friendly while starting a lawn?”

  1. Start with amending your soil with a 3 inch layer of compost. Dig that in about 8 inches deep and then smooth out and spread the seeds.

    If you want to top dress your seeds, don’t use peat moss. It’s not a sustainable material. Instead, top dress with a fine layer of compost or even bio solids that have been turned into a fertilizer by your city waste management program. Those biosolids are cheap and often even free, but I would never use it on a food crop. The lawn is perfect for seeding or fertilizing. Plus you’re reducing and reusing!

    Once you’ve got that lawn grown in, and it will take a ton of water to keep those seeds moist and growing; use an electric or push-reel mower. Gas mowers can produce more carbon monoxide then a car. And let those grass clippings fall onto the lawn. They’ll break down quickly and naturally add much needed nitrogen. Only use organic fertilizer sparingly in the spring and fall.

    Most importantly, an Eco-friendly lawn has an accepting owner. Someone who doesn’t strive for the picture perfect emerald lawn. Someone who allows the lawn to go dormant if water levels are low, only waters 1 inch of water a week, someone who hand pulls weeds instead of spreads chemicals, and someone who can relax with a few imperfections.

  2. charro de florida Reply May 31, 2012 at 2:56 am

    First find out if there is a grass native to the area where you live.
    Native grasses are naturally adapted to the weather conditions,therefore they require less water,fertilizer and maintenance.
    For instance here in florida our native grass is bahia, once established doesn’t need water or fertilizer;half the year needs weekly mowing, the other half once a month.its pest free and cheap.
    The downside is that is not as nice looking and does not take traffic well.

  3. Yes. you can use organic fertilizers and or native grasses. You could also go the route of groundcovers.

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