Tired of yardwork? Skip a step: use your mower to mulch the leaves in your yard! The leaves add nutrients back into the soil and encourage moisture to stick around.
Fertilizer is the largest pollutant in stormwater runoff and spawns large algae blooms, nutrient overload, and hypoxic (or Dead zones) in ponds, lakes, and rivers. Protect water from fertilizer:
– Apply fertilizer according to instructions
– Use only the amount needed
– Sweep stray fertilizer back onto the lawn or garden to keep it out of the gutter.
– Switch to native landscaping which require less fertilizer and water for their upkeep.
Fall, right after the first freeze, is the best time to fertilize the lawn and combat weeds as the plants take the fertilizer and herbicide deep into their systems as they shut down for the season.
Remember to apply chemicals “Sparingly and Caringly” – using only the amount needed according to instructions – to promote plant health and prevent waste. Sweep any extra back onto the lawn after application to prevent loss in runoff as fertilizer and pesticides are the top non-point source pollutant in US surface waters.
It’s the height of mowing season (Yes, bad pun) with many uses for grass clippings:
1. Leave clippings on the lawn as a natural fertilizer.
2. Compost clippings, making sure to mix the grass into the pile to enhance aeration and prevent compaction.
3. Make (Lawn Clipping) Tea
Make lawn clipping tea by placing fresh cut clippings in a bucket of water and allow it to steep for about three days. Then pour the nurtrient rich brew onto the roots or spray on the leaves.
4. Mulch with clippings to retain moisture, suppress weeds, keep the soil cool and improve its fertility.
5. Raised Bed are a great way to use up your excess grass clippings. Thin layers of clippings alternate with thin layers of shredded leaves to provide a nutrient rich compost base to the bed.
6. For the truly crafty use clippings as a natural organic fabric dye.