CLIMATE-WISE GARDENING

 

Turn the lawn

A lawn stores carbon in the soil very efficiently, but gas mowers and chemical fertilizers can create more carbon than your lawn can store.

  • Use a push mower for a weekly aerobic workout, if your lawn is small enough.
  • If you use a power mower, use a mulching blade and leave the trimmings on the lawn.
  • Mow high for healthy less-thirsty grass roots.
  • Choose bluegrass only for high traffic areas near your home. Use drought-resistant grasses, meadow mixes or ground covers in other areas.
  • Look for organic alternatives to chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
  • Get your soil tested, so you can fine-tune your watering and fertilizing.

Patch of grassEven a tiny patch of grass can offer some of the same delights as a large lawn: sweet-smelling, cool and soft underfoot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jean Morgan mowingJean Morgan mows her buffalo grass lawn only once a year with an electric
weed-whacker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meadow alternativeThe Matanky-Holgate garden planted a wildflower meadow
instead of a lawn. No mowing or watering is needed!

Swing and hoseIn addition to storing carbon, a lawn is a good water filter.
It builds soil for other plants, cools the area and is a great urban fire control device.