Problem: Lawnmowers create 5% of US air pollution (EPA)
Remedy: Buffalo Grass tops out between 4-5 inches and has a growing shorter season; thus requiring less mowing.
Problem: Lawn owners use 10 times the amount of pesticides and fertilizers per acre than farmers use on their crops (National Academy of Sciences).
Remedy: Native grasses are used to drier conditions. Even traditional grasses can be trained to use less water.
Problem: Traditional grasses use more water
Remedy: Native grass species require less chemical input since they’re already adapted to succeed in our soils and climate.
Problem: Native grasses aren’t as pretty, soft, green, etc.
Remedy: Check the different types. Tatanka buffalo grass is actually used on golf courses. (Which is an activity you’ll have more time for by raising a sustainable lawn.)
Trees and plants may be parched and in need of water due to Winter being very dry, windy and warm here in the Panhandle.
– Water trees, shrubs, lawns, and perennials during prolonged dry fall and winter periods to prevent root damage that affects the health of the entire plant.
– Water only when air and soil temperatures are above 40 degrees F with no snow cover. Apply water at mid-day so it will have time to soak in before possible freezing at night.
– To water trees, apply water to the most critical part of the root zone under the tree canopy and let the soil soak to a depth of 12 inches.