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For a Greener Hill: Gardening/Lawn Care

Submitted by Editor on April 19, 2011 – 11:47 pm | Print or Email »2 Comments

by Jessica Miller (Emery Street) | This column provides tips on reducing waste while saving money.

Gardening/Lawn Care

Save gas

  • Mow less often: longer grass strengthens root systems that help retain moisture.
  • Switch to a push-reel mower: the tip of your grass will be greener because they will be cut, not shredded (and you will get a bit of exercise – no more gym membership fees).

Forget chemicals

  • Leave clippings on your lawn. They contain nitrogen, which acts as a fertilizer.
  • Cover your garden plot with a dark tarp to kill all weeds before the season starts.

Reduce your water bill

  • Water less, but more efficiently. Apply about one inch of water every other week to your lawn. Watering less often will encourage the roots to grow deeper for healthier, greener grass.
  • Water early in the morning to prevent evaporation in the sun. Water near the ground to avoid waste, and try not to water in the evening to avoid diseases caused by sitting water.
  • Make a rain barrel out of used 50-gallon containers. Tutorials are available online.

Those tips are adapted from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. To find out more, download: http://tinyurl.com/wdnryard

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  • Here in Finland the days are very long and the season is very short. Most people don’t pay much attention to there lawns. I have been here for 20 years and have never seen a landscaping company. Maybe someone would like to start a new business here?

  • Scott Brown says:

    So many times I come upon a lawn treated by either homeowner or another lawn company, to find visible signs of moss growing on the surface of the soil. As an FYI to readers anytime – ANY time you see moss, it is purely indicative of the pH being too acidic. The rule being, if moss can grow, usually grass cannot.

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