Can sustainable gardening help your lawn?

Posted on February 16, 2020 by Greg Pelka

Yes!

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If we had to give you a one-word response to our title question, the answer is yes, sustainable gardening can help your lawn. So, if it’s something you have considered but not acted on, now is the time to start! We have put together some of the best sustainable gardening tips and tricks that will help with your turf however if you need a little extra assistance, give Rosemount Turf a call on (07) 5448 6398 and we can discuss.

Grass Clippings

Reusing your grass clippings is a great sustainable gardening tip, as there are so many different uses. These include adding to your compost, making liquid fertiliser and making mulch for your garden beds.

Check out our post on using grass clippings here.

Watering

Grey water can be used to water your lawn, using either a bucket or a grey water system. This saves drinking water and is a great way to reuse water, however make sure you don’t use any detergents that may harm your turf or garden.

Remember however that different states, territories and councils have varying regulations when it comes to grey water, so always check with the authorities before using grey water on your lawn.

Pesticides and Herbicides

If you follow a lot of these tips, pesticides and herbicides hopefully won’t be needed! If a weed or two pops up, just remove by hand.

Always remember, removing weeds early is the key – remove them carefully though, all roots included, otherwise they will be back before you know it.

Mowing

When it comes to mowing, there are few tips to ensure your lawn is at the best:

  • Mowing your lawn too short encourages weeds.
  • Lawns that are a little longer are great in combatting blown in seed germination.
  • Longer lawns also need less water.
  • Regular lawn mowing keeps your lawn looking thick and lush, which also helps to choke out weeds.

Consider using an electric mower for something a little more eco-friendly, which are also easy to maintain and generally cheaper than petrol models. They cut well too!

Choosing a lawn

A drought tolerant lawn is a great option, as it can be established and continue growing with a lot less water. Consider TifTuf here as it can establish roots in just 7 days!

Soil Improvement

Soil amendments are sometimes needed to keep your soil healthy, but this doesn’t have to negatively affect your turf. There are sustainable options around – check out this Lawn Solutions Australia post for a little more information 

(https://lawnsolutionsaustralia.com.au/lawn-care/other-lawn-maintenance/soil-renovation/).

The above are just the beginning – sustainable gardening has so many benefits! Give us a call if you’d like to know more.

Resources:

Lawn Solutions Australia
Sustainable gardening that benefits your lawn
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Greg Pelka

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