Green lawns are the pinnacle of all homeowners’ landscaping. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing your home outlined with a nearly perfect manicured lawn with well-kept hardscapes and landscaping. Your neighbors are probably vying over your lot. Yet, there are ways to make the grass greener on your side of the street–and we’re talking eco-friendly lawn practices–just in time for Earth Day.

Conserving Water

Green lawns require a watering regimen. Yet, watching your water bill skyrocket through the roof is also not a pretty sight for sore eyes. First, you can save water by watering in the morning. The best time to irrigate is during the a.m. when water is less likely to evaporate since temperatures are significantly lower. These savings can be seen in studies about agricultural irrigation. A recent study proved that farmers could save up to $66 per acre by converting a high-pressure sprinkler system into a low-pressure system. These savings could translate to you saving a few bucks every time you turn on your sprinkler.

By adding an irrigation or sprinkler system to your yard can help you monitor how much water you use overall. Rain Bird® irrigation systems are specifically outfitted with eco-friendly controls including rain-sensing devices, which eliminate overwatering. Our professionals at Land Concepts also install irrigation systems that reduce run-off and curb water waste overall.

Find Natural Forms for Fertilizing

Flower beds and lawns could all use a little pick me up throughout the year. Many homeowners often opt for chemical fertilizers to boost their yard’s appearance. There are a few other eco-friendly lawn options to help your yard improve its overall appearance. Mulch and compost are two options that can be used in your landscaping to improve plant health. Mulch can be used to increase the pH level of the soil and prevent weeds from growing. Compost helps the soil hold more moisture and adds nutrients to keep the soil healthy for longer.

Attract Pollinators

Bees, butterflies, and bats, oh my! You heard us right, bats are also valuable pollinators to have around. Pollinators help plants reproduce and keep the ecosystem functioning efficiently. Between 75 and 95 percent of all flowering plants on the earth need pollinators. To put this into perspective, one out of every three bites of food is a result of the hardworking pollinators. To help pollinators perform to the best of their ability, homeowners can plant flowers that are pollinator-friendly. Homeowners can also eliminate the use of pesticides that are harmful to some pollinators.

It is possible to get greener lawns by also being environmentally friendly. Get greener lawns without putting additional stress on your environment with help from your friends at Land Concepts. Happy Earth Day!