Is your lawn in harmony with the environment?

155238669Did you know your lawn can be both beautiful and earth-friendly? In other words, you don’t have to sacrifice curb appeal and healthy outdoor play space for rubber tire pellets or artificial grass.

Eco-friendly lawn practices start with choosing the right variety of turf. Harmony’s goal is to keep our environment green and healthy. For example, Harmony’s turf varieties requires one-third less fertilization than other varieties, and are drought-tolerant.

Combine the right turf variety with some of the best practices listed below, and you can feel even better about being outside communing with nature.

Environmentally friendly reasons for choosing turf over other ground covers

benefits of lawns

A healthy lawn provides many benefits over artificial or plant-sparse landscaping. These include water filtration, prevention of erosion and reduction of “heat islands.”

A healthy lawn can have a positive impact on the environment in numerous ways. Those include:

  • Preventing erosion and storm water run off
  • Trapping, filtering and eliminating pollutants through the root system
  • Adding organic matter to the soil to support beneficial microbes
  • Creating oxygen through photosynthesis
  • Cooling the air temperature
  • Absorbing sounds to reduce noise pollution

Best practices for a green lawn and a healthier earth

In addition to needing less water and fertilizer, Harmony Brands turf is resistant to cinch bugs. It’s also developed specifically for how you intend to use it, from shade to high traffic. All of this puts you way ahead of others in terms of easy, environmentally healthy lawn care. Here are more simple steps for reducing your need for water and fertilizer.

  • Test your soil pH a few months before growing season. This is a preventive measure. It will give you time to add any necessary nutrients to your lawn, so that you may not need to add chemicals to combat problems later on.
  • Avoid watering by hand. Having an automatic, timed sprinkler system will ensure uniform irrigation across the entire lawn.

    Keep your lawn eco-friendly by installing drought resistant varieties, using efficient watering systems at the right times, and mulching the clippings.

    Mow your lawn higher during the growing season. Taller leaf blades, about three inches, produce more food for the grass, resulting in a better root system and a thicker lawn. So adjust your blade slightly. And remember that you only need to remove the top third of the grass blades each time you mow.

  • Water only when necessary. If you can easily stick a screwdriver into the ground, the soil is probably plenty moist.
  • Leave the lawn clippings in place. Grass clippings are full of nutrients and can add up to 25 percent of your lawn’s fertilizer needs. Also grass clippings are made up of 70 to 80 percent water (moisture). They decompose quickly, so they actually reduce the amount of water you’ll need for your lawn.
  • Top your lawn with organic compost. This will also help improve the soil quality, and contribute up to 50 percent of the nitrogen your lawn needs.
  • Consider using corn meal gluten as a pre-emergent herbicide. Corn meal gluten helps to stop weeds from germinating. You’ll need about 20 pounds for every 1,000 square feet of lawn.

Following these measures will give you a beautiful lawn that benefits the soil and air, while reducing your use of chemicals and water.

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