The greenest of your lawn doesn’t automatically imply that the grass is maintained in an eco-friendly manner. A lawn can be verdant even when you use chemicals that hurt the environment!
If you have ever watered a lawn, then you know that a sizable lawn can be a real water-guzzler. However, you don’t want to waste water, as there is a clean water crisis in many parts of the world. There are several ways to conserve water, such as avoiding oversaturating your lawn.
There are plants that are fairly resistant to drought, such as succulents, which you can plant in your garden in the areas that border the lawn. Also, consider reusing rainwater by installing water collection barrels. They are connected with sprouts coming from the roof and you attach the garden hose to them.
Leave grass clippings where they fall
If you are used to collecting grass clipping after mowing the lawn, this is perfectly OK. However, you should know that is mostly practiced by gardeners who collect the clippings for purely aesthetical reasons.
In reality, the clippings are rich in nitrogen, which is a great fertilizer, so leaving grass clipping where they fall saves you both time and money. If you do decide to bag the clippings instead of using them as provisionary mulch, then use a rake to collect them easier.
A compost box
If you, for whatever reason, decide to collect garden clipping, you can still reuse them. Namely, they are perfect additions to the compost box that you use to make fertilizer for the garden and the lawn.
The box itself doesn’t have to be large and it can sit in the corner of the yard, the area that would normally be left unused.
Apart from grass clippings, you can add food leftovers and other organic waste to the compost box, so there is enough compost both for the lawn and the vegetable garden.
In regions of the world where sunlight is particularly intense, such as Australia, you need to take care that the lawn doesn’t turn brown. Protecting the lawn from strong sunlight using chemicals is not eco-friendly but luckily, there are green alternatives.
One such shading solution are opening roof systems that can cast a shade across the entire lawn. This way, the lawn will be protected against UV radiation in summer but the roof would open in winter to let in precious rays of light.
Repurpose and repair everything you can
We have seen how you can recycle grass clipping but recycling and repurposing should be a common practice in your outdoor living area. Namely, don’t store junk on the lawn: either throw it away or mend it yourself.
For example, a chair or a table missing a leg is perfect for a DIY repair project. There are so many online tutorials that you can fix pretty much anything.
Even when an item is beyond repair, you can repurpose it. For instance, old car tires can be colored and used as raised flower beds. As an alternative, you can cut them in half and place them along the lawn’s outer perimeter.
Speaking of the outer edge of your property, you should place lights near the fence, so as to deter potential burglars. Moreover, if you install solar-powered LEDs, you won’t waste electricity after dark. Lighting up your lawn is desirable but wasting energy is definitely not worth it.
Do away with harmful chemicals for good
Like with the food we eat, you can always use chemicals to enhance the look of your lawn. However, these chemicals are harmful to the environment, so try to use gardening products that have a green label on the packaging, promising there are no toxic compounds inside them.
Biodegradable and eco-friendly products don’t end up in the earth and water after use. Even if doesn’t appear so, all the chemicals you use to treat the lawn, seep through the ground and find their way to groundwater.
Rocks and boulders
The lawn wouldn’t be complete without a rock formation. In a Zen Japanese garden, large boulders with moss on them are symbolic representations of mountains. Even if you’re not a fan of Zen philosophy, you should still have a rock or two to add some ruggedness to otherwise flat terrain.
What is more, you don’t have to buy or haul these rocks from afar. We are sure you have unearthed a rock or two while working the garden, now it’s just about relocating them. Try to match the size of these stones with the surface size of the lawn. After all, landscaping is all about proportions!
Horticultural therapy i.e., using gardening as a means to facilitate dialogue and skill-building is one of the very successful practices in reducing stress and befitting mental health. Have you been struggling with depression? Are you experiencing anxiety more often than not? Whatever your mental health problems be, horticultural therapy can help you cope. Spending time outdoors, taking care of plants and making sure your garden looks flawless can help you in numerous ways.
It is therapeutic
It is well known that spending time outdoors can be beneficial to our overall health. Just being outdoors surrounded by beautiful greenery and nature makes our body release feel-good chemicals in the brain such as serotonin and dopamine. Green colour relaxes our eyes, body, and soul. All the greenery, fresh air, and the birds chirping around will be a great environment to spend time in. You’ll feel a sense of peace which will automatically make you feel much calmer. If you find a gardening buddy to help you out and be there with you to chat and just keep you company, the benefits will be even greater. So, you can have a green and eco-friendly maintained lawn and a peaceful mind at the same time.
Reduces stress levels
So, we can conclude that ardening can also have de-stressing effects on you. We all spend a lot of time in front of the computer, so spending time outdoors away from the computer and tv will take all the stress away. Connecting to nature will promote relaxation and lower your stress levels. You can try it out by simply looking at a picture of a garden, a meadow or a rainforest. Just by observing a green ambiance, you’ll notice that you feel more at ease. Now imagine spending time outdoors and being surrounded by nature it self.
Once you’re working on improving your physical activity your mental health will benefit from it instantly. Without enough sunlight exposure, our serotonin levels can drop, causing us to feel depressed, anxious and lethargic. That’s why you should think about building a garden spot for you in the backyard and spend at least an hour every day outside working on your plants. Make sure you’re always protected from the harmful UV rays and have an opening pergola roof in the backyard to be fully comfortable and have enough shade in the warm summer months. Maintain muscle tone, feel good and relieve anxiety every day through daily work in your garden.
Maintaining a verdant lawn using exclusively eco-friendly methods is possible. Moreover, the 8 tips listed above demonstrate that you can save a lot of money by recycling. From an opening roof to a compost box, the oasis can spring to life as of today!