Tip of the Week: Mulching, Raking Leaves and Other Sustainable Yard Care Techniques

When it comes to lawn and garden maintenance, sustainable landscaping methods can help reduce the negative environmental and health impacts of using fossil fuel powered equipment and toxic chemicals, specifically:

  • Soil contamination from spillage of fuels and other chemicals
  • Air pollution resulting from fuel combustion and dispersion of ground sourced materials
  • Water contamination from spillage of fuels and other chemicals as well as disposal of organic materials into storm drains, e.g., grass clippings and leaves
  • Excess water use
  • Greenhouse gas emissions contributing to climate change
  • Degradation of the natural habitats and ecosystems.

There are a variety of ways to be more eco-friendly and more health-friendly.

  • “Green” your lawn care.
  • Rake leaves, don’t blow them. High velocity air jets, noise, and pollution injure wildlife, habitats, and ecosystems, and damage plants.
  • Mulch leaves, don’t remove them. Return needed nutrients into the ground. Don’t deplete your soil – it’s bad for the health of your plants and the soil.
  • Conserve water with drought resistant plantings and biochar. It reduces dependence on fertilizers and toxic chemicals. Biochar retains water and sequesters carbon.
  • If you have to use power equipment, use electric. It eliminates emissions at point of operation (and totally, if using solar charging). Electric tools are available today that are also 50% quieter than fuel-powered tools.

For Green Newton’s list of lawn care providers with sustainable practices click  HERE.