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Are lawns green or not

There is been a great deal of discussion on the Internet about people helping the environment by not growing a lawn, various environmental activists are instead encouraging people to grow plants and moss in their garden instead of the traditional green space. The movement has some resistance as generally people enjoy lawns as they provide a nice green area in the garden as well as a practical living location.

However, several people have highlighted that there is very little biodiversity in a lawn and that they also consume a large amount of fertiliser and energy. In the United Kingdom lawns are particularly popular as they thrive in an environment without extreme weather, even a lawn that is not taking care of will still do quite well.

It is not completely necessary to get rid of a lawn if you want to be more environmentally friendly, there are several steps that you can take in order to make your lawn a more environmentally sound option. People are regularly cutting their lawns with a lawnmower that is driven by electricity or fossil fuels, if you switch to a manual lawnmower you will be helping to protect the environment. Push mowers also have the additional benefit that they are cheaper than their petrol alternatives and also provide you with a fairly decent workout.

The rising cost of fuel and increasing environmental awareness of the population has meant that push mowers are making something of a comeback. Many companies are releasing new models that have been designed in an ergonomic way so that they are easier to use.

Nitrogen-based fertilisers are a very popular option for people who want to encourage their lawn to grow thick and green. However, the companies that manufacture this type of fertiliser produce a great deal of greenhouse gas so it is a good idea to find a more environmentally friendly alternative. A fantastic option is to use something called microclover, these are a type of plant that take nitrogen from the air and put it into the lawn. Grass seed mixes that include microclover are available and will ensure that you have a green but environmentally sustainable lawn.

Lawns are not just something that are fertilised in the summer, the roots of grass continue to grow throughout the winter and fertilising a lawn in the autumn is common. Generally, phosphorous-based fertilisers are used but these are not sustainable as phosphorous is a resource that must be mined. There is however a source of phosphorous in your own backyard: dandelion roots are rich in the substance and it is easy to use them as an alternative.

A common fear during hot summers is that a lawn will die. People see the lawn turning brown through lack of water and worry that it will not return. Grass does not die in these conditions simply turns dormant, when the rains return the grass will go back to its original green state. Therefore it is unnecessary to water your lawn with the hose if you can bear it is looking brown for a few weeks.

There are several other methods that can be employed by someone who wants to have an environmentally friendly lawn. A popular option is to aerate the soil with a fork – go over the ground and push deep holes into the soil.



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