From an environmental standpoint, we invest an incredible amount of resources into our lawns. This investment yields a return that goes well beyond our (unnaturally) green lawns.
Here are some stats that will surprise you:
• Lawnmowers account for about 5 percent of the nation’s air pollution.
• More than 17 million gallons of fuel are spilled annually refilling lawn and garden equipment—more than the oil spilled by the Exxon Valdez.
• Homeowners typically use 10 times the amount of pesticide and fertilizers per acre on their lawns as farmers do on crops.
• Thirty to 60 percent of urban fresh water is used on lawns.
To make matters worse, most of the chemicals that are used are wasted due to inappropriate timing and application. These chemicals consequently become a major source of water pollution. Lastly, most of this water is also wasted due to poor timing and application.
How much is too much?
This question is more than rhetorical. It is a battle cry that should involve all Americans. How badly do we want our green lawns—and must it be right now?
Sure, building an organic program for your lawn and/or garden takes time. Frankly, it might take an entire year before you see a noticeable difference in the appearance of either. However, what is taking place beneath what you see—the soil—will make a difference for years and years to come.
Alternative to traditional lawn care
It is sometimes referred to as “revolutionary,” but your approach to lawn care can in fact require very little maintenance. From beautiful, low-maintenance groundcovers like creeping thyme to native trees, shrubs and grasses, your lawn does not need constant tweaking or work.
Xeriscaping is another way to rethink and reinterpret your lawn. Promoted in regions that do not have easy access to water, xeriscaping is landscaping that reduces or even removes the need to irrigate from supplemental water sources altogether.
If you have questions, call Heidelberg Farms at (603) 501-9919. Together, we can make a difference.