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Reducing Chemicals in the Yard

You do not need to use a lot of chemicals to keep your lawn healthy. Save money and time by creating a low-maintenance and low-input yard by following a few simple tips below.

Don’t mow too short
Mowing your grass to a height of 2.5 to 3 inches allows the roots to grow deeper and makes your grass more tolerant during dry periods.

Leave grass trimmings on the lawn
Grass clippings act as a natural fertilizer to your yard. Leaving clippings on your lawn all summer is equal to one application of fertilizer per year.

Use zero phosphorus fertilizer
If you do choose to use a fertilizer on your lawn, make sure it is free of phosphorus. Applying in the fall will yield the best possible results.

Water infrequently
Watering too much can do more harm than good to your lawn. Water once a week. The best times to water are early in the morning or in the evening when the sun is setting. 

Reduce weed killers
If you are battling weeds, try not to use toxic pesticides on your lawn. Remove weeds by hand or use a handheld tool to assist you.

Compost
Composting turns yard trimmings, leaves, and many kinds of kitchen scraps into a nutrient rich mixture that can be used to improve the soil and reduce your use of fertilizer and water.

For more information on reducing the chemicals used in lawn care, visit reduce.org and click on In the Yard.

Last updated: 3/4/2014 9:42 AM