In the Pacific North West, going natural means that a healthy lawn is a medium green. It also means you’ll mow a bit higher than you might be used to and you might notice a few more weeds than you used to. But you'll still have a healthy, good-looking lawn that's easier on the environment. And that's a good deal for fish and everybody.
Grass clippings are overloading our compost facilities
Those grass clippings could supply at least 1/4 of your lawn's fertilizer needs. It's called "grasscycling" - just leave the clippings on the lawn. This saves you time and money and helps prevent the growing problem of overloaded compost facilities. And if you use less fertilizer, there's less chance of it washing off into our streams.
Healthy lawns grow on healthy soil
Using proper soil preparation and lawn maintenance practices will help to build healthy soil and vigorous, deep-rooted lawns. These lawns are more resistant to disease, tolerate some insect and drought damage, and will out-compete many weeds. The practices recommended here can help make lawns healthier for our families, protect beneficial soil organisms, and protect our environment too.
Here's how to get started:
- Proper mowing
- Proper fertilizing
- Proper watering
- Improve the soil
- Avoid weed and feed and other chemicals
- Consider alternatives to grass