Spring is here; time to start sprucing up your lawn and garden. Instead of landscaping this year, why not try greenscaping? Greenscaping not only helps the environment, it also saves money.
You might not think that what you put in your yard impacts the environment but it does. All of the water that drains from your property in Woodstock ends up in Lake Allatoona, a lake that is currently at risk due to elevated levels of fertilizers and pesticides.
Here are some tips for greenscaping your yard:
Minimize lawn areas replacing turf with native and other low maintenance plantings.
Improve soil structure by aerating your lawn and top dressing with compost.
Grasscycle: leave grass clippings in place when mowing (don’t bag).
Use the least toxic method for weed and pest control (such as hand pulling).
Cut lawn no shorter than three inches to encourage deep roots.
Don’t over water lawns (excess water washes out soil nutrients).
If you choose to fertilize or use pesticides:
Test your soil annually before any application of fertilizer.
Apply products sparingly, no more than two pounds of nitrogen per 1000 square feet per year, for example.
Choose organic fertilizers that slowly release nutrients over time.
Read, understand, and follow all pesticide product labeling.
Avoid run-off, do not apply fertilizers or pesticides within 100 feet of surface waters or wetlands, when the ground is frozen or when there is a chance of rain.