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Earth-friendly Lawn Tips

woman's bare feet standing in grassHow we go about lawn care can have a big impact on the environment. With a few simple steps, you can make your lawn earth-friendly — and save time and money, too.

  • Use native plants — Decrease the mowing area by planting native flowerbeds and shrubs. Native plants require little or no maintenance, and less water, fertilizer and pesticide than grass.
  • Tune up your lawn mower — Routine lawn maintenance contributes significantly to air pollution in Greater Kansas City.
  • Compost yard waste — Composting reduces strain on our landfills, water pollution, and provides a nourishing additive for your garden.Consider grasscycling – Recycling grass clippings by leaving them on your lawn instead of bagging and disposing of them has numerous lawn care and environmental benefits.
  • Use lawn chemicals sparingly — When lawn chemicals are applied improperly, they run off into streams, harming fish and other animals and contaminating our drinking water.
  • Test your soil — Have your soil tested before using fertilizers to prevent over application or using chemicals your lawn may not need.
  • Dispose of chemicals properly — The health and safety of people and animals, as well as the health of our communities and the environment is endangered when household hazardous waste products — including many lawn chemicals — are discarded in household garbage, sinks or washed down storm drains.
  • Pick up after your pet — If not disposed of properly, thousands of pounds of untreated pet waste flows into streams and lakes every time it rains posing a danger to human health and aquatic life.

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