How to Make Your Lawn Care Eco-Friendly

Having a lush, green, golf course-like lawn is always an essential part of home ownership. Who wouldn’t want to have the greenest lawn on the block?

We do lots to keep our yard in pristine condition. Many of those chores, though, are not economically friendly. From pesticides, herbicides, overwatering, and fertilizing, many things that improve the look and shape of our lawn can actually do harm to the environment it lives in.

Making your lawn care routine economically friendly will not just benefit the environment and your yard, but it will also help save you money down the road.

Ready to switch to a more eco-friendly lawn care routine? We have six tips to help you out.

Use Compost

Composting is a habit that everyone should consider getting into. When you compost, it helps out your household in many ways. The most obvious benefit is that it reduces the amount of garbage you throw away each week. Having less trash in the landfills helps our environment.

Not only that, compost is an excellent natural fertilizer for your yard and garden. Food that breaks down still has lots of nutrients in it. Instead of tossing away all the nutrients, spread compost over your lawn to fertilize it. That compost will help promote healthier soil to strengthen the grass.

Leave Grass Clippings Behind

Did you know that when you cut the grass, those grass clippings many people throw away still have valuable nitrogen that could go back into the soil? Each clipping from mowing the lawn can benefit the ground if you leave it behind.

Water Less Often

Overwatering your lawn will waste quite a bit of that precious resource, and it could drown the grass. Your lawn doesn’t need as much water as you likely think. Giving the grass less water will promote a stronger lawn, by forcing the roots to grow deeper into the ground in search of food.

Keep Grass Longer

When it’s time to mow the lawn, keep it on the longer side. Especially during the scorching summer months, cutting the grass too short can leave it susceptible to the sun. That extreme heat can burn and kill the lawn.

If you cut the lawn short frequently, you’ll need to water it more often to prevent the grass from burning. Keeping it longer will help protect it from the sun.

Use Organic Fertilizer

If you’re not a fan of composting, invest in organic fertilizer. Organic options don’t have the same harsh chemicals that nonorganic fertilizers have, making it better for the environment. Opting for organic fertilizer also mitigates the dangers of synthetic fertilizers.

Use Natural Weed Killer Formulas

Weeds are a pain that no one wants in their yard. However, you don’t have to always reach for the hard-core weed killer that ends up killing the grass around it too. You can combine white vinegar and orange oil to tackle those stubborn weeds. Spray directly onto the weeds during the hottest parts of the day. 

Use the tips to help develop an eco-friendly lawn care maintenance routine. The more you can do to switch to natural methods, the more we can do to protect our environment.


Nikki is an author and writer specializing in green living ideas and tips, adventure travel, upcycling, and all things eco-friendly. She's traveled the globe, swum with sharks and been bitten by a lion (fact). She lives in a tiny town with a fat cat and a very bad dog.

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One thought on “How to Make Your Lawn Care Eco-Friendly

  1. Gary

    The natural weed killer is definitely worth a try! Click on the link for further info/mixing advise. Thanks for this; makes my skin crawl when I see my neighbors spraying Roundup all over their yards!!

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