Lawn Stripes And Hedges proudly focus on doing their very best as a company to protect the environment whilst continuing to do what we do best but on a eco-friendly basis.
According to Swedish study’s, operating a typical lawn mower for just one hour can produce the equivalent hydrocarbons as driving a car for 93 miles, this just goes to show that the environmental impact of using lawn mowers can really add up.
If you are already concerned about the carbon footprint from your driving, it’s also worth while looking at what’s lurking in your shed and garage because believe it not but other items such as leaf blowers, chain saws and other garden equipment are also responsible for the same concerns.
Even though things have improved since first researched we strongly believe there is still plenty of room for improvement and change.
As an eco-friendly company we have purposely bought all our tools and some of our regularly used mowers from Makita which are all battery powered.
Changing the products you use on your lawn can make a huge difference too, see below for some eco-friendly and easy tips to achieve that perfect lawn you have always wanted.
Organic Lawn Care Tips That Bloomin' Work
1: Don’t spoil your soil - It takes healthy soil to grow healthy grass, so if you want to enjoy a super-green, super-healthy lawn this summer without using any nasty chemicals to get you there the best thing you can create is a foundation but in nutrients, not money.
To do this in a way that best pleases our planet, try aerating your lawn a couple of times a year and then throwing down a top-dressing of compost. And if your lawn still looks a bit thin in places (which it won’t), simply overseed your turf with some high-quality seed mixture. Why? Because the thicker the grass, the less room there is for weeds.
2: Get the right grass - Were not actively trying to overcomplicate the world of lawns, but you should know there are different types of grass, and the reason you should know this is nothing will keep your lawn greener than the lawn itself. Anyway, to give you an idea of what I’m talking about, there is: ryegrass, fountain grass, perennial ryegrass, Chinese silver grass, scutch grass, tall fescue, common couch reed, canary grass and roughly 6,764 other types of grass. It’s crazy.
3: Mow more problems - Rule number one of lawn care: always mow at the proper height. Rule number two of lawn care: always mow at the proper height. Were saying this because grass cut too short is going to get more stressed and that’s because shorter grass is more prone to insects and disease and drought. So, when you next cut you lawn, make sure you set the deck to 3-3½ inches.
4: Don’t panic, go organic - Your lawn loves a splash of fertiliser, like really loves it.
If there was a given choice of synthetic and organic fertilisers, we can guarantee to pick the organic stuff. Why? Because they’re made from natural things, like bone meal and kelp meal and fish meal and alfalfa meal and carbon, the good stuff.
If you were to dig a little deeper, you’d find your lawn also loves slow-release fertilisers, which are so clever they enable your grass to absorb more of the nutrients it’s craving. As for when to fertilise, the best time to throwing this stuff around is spring and then again in the autumn.
5: Always check the label – What we mean by this is when you’re buying food, you probably have a quick glance at the back of the packet to see what ingredients have been chucked in it before you buy (and if you don’t, you should). Anyway, the same goes for your fertiliser, weed control and lawn care products in general.
Don’t worry, the rule of thumb is pretty simple: if you see the words or signs for ‘hazardous’ or ‘toxic’ on the product label, you can be pretty sure there are some seriously nasty chemicals inside. We understand that nothing can be sold without stringent testing by industry regulators, but if you want to keep your lawn lean, green and lush, stick to the natural stuff.