Spring Weather = Cleaning Up, Gardening, and Lawncare
Let's Make Some Changes to Help Move #WestonAhead
Let's think differently about those grass carpets.
Traditional lawn maintenance of fertilizing and mowing is just not great for the environment. Excess fertilizer can wash off the lawn and ends up in streams and lakes causing algae growth that harms our aquatic wildlife. Most grasses require modest nitrogen levels to grow and thrive, so instead, utilize what nature has already provided.
Aerate your soil and scatter fresh grass seeds to help block out weeds. Leave those grass clippings where they fall, which serves as mulch to conserve soil moisture. Spread compost as an alternative to chemical fertilizers. Or better yet, mulch your autumn leaves instead of raking them up. The mulched leaves provide excellent nutrients to the soil and grass.
When it comes to mowing, bring the blade up to encourage deeper roots. This saves on watering, too. Grass only needs an inch of water per week. Using more, and the roots aren't as healthy.
Your best alternative to lawn care? Forego the grass and plant native ground covers
, shrubs, or a pollinator meadow instead. The traditional manicured green lawn is high maintenance, is not particularly beneficial to the environment, and uses a lot of water. Learn more about how you can help pollinators survive
by making a few adjustments to your lawn care.
Talk to your landscapers if you're hands-off in this department. You'll find that you'll save money, water and backaches. The state has some great information on how lawns and landscapes impact our local watersheds
and provides guides to help you become more environmentally responsible.
Today, the Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs declared drought conditions in most regions of the state due to below-normal precipitation, streamflow and groundwater. We're just in April. Lawncare in Weston is an excellent place to start making changes by adopting more sustainable and environmentally-friendly practices.