TAKE THE GREENSCAPES PLEDGE
What is the Greenscapes pledge? It is a list of ways to care for your yard that will save you time, money and water.
Water only at dawn – At dawn plants can absorb the water they need, whereas watering in the heat of the day can actually burn your plants. Night watering encourages mildew and bacteria to grow.
Water only when your lawn is thirsty – Frequent, light watering discourages root growth. Watering to a depth of 6 inches no more than once a week will give your grass the stamina to withstand hot summer days by encouraging long root growth to reach water that is stored deeper in the ground.
Mow with a sharp mower blade – Dull blades tear the grass, allowing mildew and bacteria to enter. Experts recommend mower blades should be sharpened every 10 hours of mowing time for a healthy, clean trim.
Leave grass clippings on the lawn – They will decompose quickly, leaving the equivalent of an expense free nitrogen fertilizer behind.
Keep your grass at least 3” tall – Tall grass shades out weeds. A study showed that grass cut at a 3” height had 7% weeds, whereas 1” grass had 55% weeds. Less mowing = less weeding = less work. A good gauge of 3” is a credit card, held lengthwise, or see our guide below.
Use only compost on your lawn and garden – Compost builds healthy soil by encouraging the growth of important microbes, which feed the plants. Synthetic lawn products can kill these microbes, requiring your lawn to need more and more chemicals each year. In addition, it is estimated that 80% of the synthetic products don’t stay put – they wash into our rivers, lakes and oceans.
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