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Tips to Make Your Lawn and Garden More Environmentally Friendly

Electric Lawnmower These days, everyone is looking for little ways to go green around the house. You can make your lawn and garden more environmentally friendly this year with these handy tips:

Leave Grass Cuttings

Instead of raking the lawn after you mow, you can save yourself some time and effort while protecting the environment by leaving grass cuttings where they are. They’ll decompose quickly, providing the soil with vital nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous. This way you won’t need to use chemical fertilizers in your lawn, which are not always so environmentally friendly.

Grow the Right Kind of Grass

While we’re on the subject of grass, make sure the grass species in your lawn is suitable for your climate to avoid wasting water. For example, Kentucky bluegrass needs extra water and extra care in dry, warm climates like California or Arizona. Do your research to determine what type of grass is best for your area.

Water Wisely

Avoid watering your lawn during the hottest part of the day (between noon and 5 p.m.) or in high winds to prevent excess evaporation. Also, try to water less frequently but more deeply. Water every three days instead of daily, and leave the sprinkler on for an extra 5–10 minutes each time you water. For bonus points, you can also use a rain barrel to capture rainwater for use in your lawn and garden.

Ditch Your Gas-Powered Lawnmower

A gas-powered lawnmower can generate as many atmospheric pollutants as 11 automobiles, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Riding lawnmowers, meanwhile, generate even more pollution. The good news is, electric lawnmower options have become far more capable and widely available in recent years. If your lawn is relatively small, you might even opt for a manual reel lawnmower.

Looking for professional, friendly lawn care and tree services in the Fairfield County area? Contact Brother Tree & Lawn Service today at (203) 767-2915 to get started.

Why You Should Remove Dead Trees on Your Property ASAP

Why You Should Remove Dead Trees on Your Property ASAP

At their best, trees can be a welcome addition that adds beauty to any backyard. But when they die or are in the process of dying, removing them as soon as possible is of paramount importance. Dead and dying trees can do quite a bit of damage to your home and surrounding property. If you… Continue Reading

Don’t Make These Mulching Mistakes in Your Garden

With springtime in full swing, you may be preparing to freshen up your flowerbeds with new plantings and a healthy layer of mulch. In addition to giving your garden a neat, finished appearance, mulch also offers important practical benefits, preventing weed growth and helping the soil retain moisture. If you’re not careful with your mulching… Continue Reading

Importance of Landscaping in the Spring

Importance of Landscaping in the Spring

Spring is finally here, even though the weather still may not seem like it. The warmer weather is coming soon though, which means it is time to start thinking about cleaning up your yard before the summer season. It can be difficult to handle all of the landscaping yourself, especially if you have a large… Continue Reading

How to Help Trees and Shrubs Recover From Winter Damage

How to Help Trees and Shrubs Recover From Winter Damage

At this point in the season, you may be concerned about the effect all this harsh winter weather is having on your landscaping. The good news is, healthy trees and shrubs are pretty resilient, so you shouldn’t have to worry too much about most of the plantings on your property. If you’re still worried about… Continue Reading

Why You Shouldn’t Tackle Tree Removal on Your Own

Why You Shouldn’t Tackle Tree Removal on Your Own

If there’s a tree in your yard that is unhealthy or growing dangerously close to your home, you may be thinking about trying to remove it yourself. While this might sound like a good way to save a little money, removing a tree on your own is often more dangerous than it’s worth. Here are… Continue Reading