Keep our Drinking Water Free of Lawn Pesticides & Herbicides
Lawn pesticides and herbicides contain chemicals(i.e. alkylphenols) that pollute our drinking water in the form of run-off after rain. There are many alternative methods you can try to care for your lawn.
If you want a healthy, green lawn with no chemicals then focus on your lawn mower! Raise your blades up so you are mowing your grass higher. The shorter you mow your lawn, the more you will have to water and the more stress you are putting on the lawn. Try to aim for 3-4″ inches high for your grass. Also, make sure your blades are sharpened multiple times during the mowing season. When your blades are sharp it creates a clean cut and also makes it easier for you to mow. When you mow your lawn, make sure the grass isn’t wet. Wet grass clippings will clog up your machine causing it and you to work twice as hard! Your lawn mowing will tear your grass instead of cutting it and create clumps of clippings that will pile up on your lawn.
While balls of wet grass clippings are harmful to your lawn, dry clippings are actually helpful! There is no need to bag your grass clippings, instead leave them on your lawn. Those clippings will act as mulch and bring essential nutrients back to your lawn.
Lastly, remember that there is no such thing as a lawn that is weed free! Weeds are a natural part of any lawn and eliminating all weeds often isn’t realistic or even necessary. Keep in mind that your lawn can still be green and beautiful with a few weeds!
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