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Sustainable lawn care guide

Posted on October 5, 2021 at 3:45 pm by

An eco-friendly lawn makes a great centrepiece for any garden and grass has plenty of benefits in terms of drainage, carbon capture and all-around sustainability – so its sensible to adopt sustainable lawn care methods too.

Those looking to invest a little more can lower carbon emissions with a robot lawn mower, but there are also plenty of ways to keep your lawn looking great using natural fertilisers and resources recovered from the environment.

The top tips below should give you an introductory sustainable lawn care guide to help you get started with an environmentally friendly lawn.

Removing excess fertiliser

If excessive fertilising over the years has left your soil imbalanced, there are several ways to get it back under control.

The fastest but most difficult is to remove several inches of topsoil and replace it with fresh, good-quality soil free from excess chemical fertilisers.

Alternatively, if you have the time, you can plant mustard which is known for drawing large quantities of nutrients from the ground, and can work well as an eco-friendly one-year ‘reset’ button for your soil.

Of course if you’re laying a new turf lawn, this is the perfect time to remove some topsoil, making it an opportunity to tackle your soil fertility at the same time.

Garden fork turns compost

Natural lawn fertilisers

Again, there are several natural lawn fertilisers if you want to keep your grass lush and green, without using artificial chemicals.

Just some of the best natural lawn fertilisers include:

Compost leachate

Also called ‘compost tea’, this is the richly fertile fluid that drains from the bottom of a compost bin.

Some bins drain this liquid out automatically but some retain it, allowing you to release it via a tap and use it on your lawn or flowerbeds.

Pond algae

If your garden has a pond, don’t waste the nitrogen-rich algae you skim from the surface or extract from your filter box.

Algae can be composted to recover those valuable nutrients, or if you have exposed soil for a future lawn or flowerbed, you can dig the algae into it as an instant fertiliser.

Grass clippings

Your lawn is one of its own best fertilisers, so don’t make the mistake of removing your grass clippings or dumping them in your garden waste bin.

Try ‘grasscycling‘ instead; leave the cut grass where it falls to naturally mulch back down into the soil, or put your clippings in your compost bin to rot down separately.

Watering your lawn

Lawns cope well with hot weather – even if they turn brown, they’ll usually be back to green when the rains come – but there are eco-friendly ways to water them.

Keep a rainwater butt somewhere in your garden and you’ll have an easy source of water for your lawn and flowerbeds, without any of the chemicals that are in tap water.

The water pressure of a full butt alone could be enough to power a hose or irrigation pipe, or you can use a watering can for targeted coverage.

With just these few simple steps, you can create a sustainable lawn care routine that’s easy to start, easy to follow, and costs practically nothing over the long term.

Contact Carbutts Turf to learn more about our turf supply and laying services, or check out our new turf guide and lawn care calendar for more tips and tricks.