Lawns are supposed to be nice and green, right? Whether you enjoy a lush turf in your backyard, or perhaps heading to the local park in your neighborhood, do you know what it may cost you carbon-wise?
Certainly, anyone from a dry, desert region knows that grass is not the wisest landscape choice when it comes to water conservation. But the rest of us can breathe easy, right?
Not so fast!
The carbon footprint of your lawn could be entirely offsetting the carbon absorption that naturally occurs with landscaping. Up to four times as much CO2 emissions may be released through yard work pollution, according to a study from the University of California, Irvine.
If you want your grass to be greener, there are some steps you can take. Its not too difficult to reduce the carbon footprint of lawn maintenance, for an eco-friendly yard.
When you think about yards and parks, you don’t typically consider greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, nitrous oxide may be released from chemicals and fertilizers, and substantial amounts of fuel are burned to power lawnmowers, edgers, leaf blowers and more.
You can make your grass greener by:
1. Leave clippings to nourish the lawn and reduce watering.
2. Invest in organic fertilizers (manure, fish emulsion, bloodmeal, cottonseed meal, etc.) Not only are they gentler on the environment, but grass grows more slowly than when treated with chemical fertilizers. That means less mowing! Hooray!
3. Push mowers are one of the greenest ways to trim your lawn. Think of it as an inexpensive treadmill! But, if you love yard gadgets, perhaps you should consider the solar powered automower?
4. Use old-fashioned hand tools, instead of gas or electric-powered options. Remember the rake and the broom? You’ll get in a great workout, and your neighbors will appreciate the reduced noise pollution.
5. Don’t forget the obvious: water conservation! Water early in the morning or after sundown to prevent excess loss of moisture to evaporation.
Now, get out there and enjoy a greener lawn!