Lawn Watering & Irrigation
1. Harvest rain to water your plants.
2. If you must water your lawn and garden, water in
the morning or at night to prevent evaporation. One
inch of water a week is better than several short showers.
3. Don't over water your lawn. Most people do!
4. Use efficient irrigation (such as drip irrigation)
where possible. Buy an irrigation controller that reads
the weather and adjusts water according to the conditions.
5. Put a container under your eaves trough downspout
to catch water when it rains. You can use this to water
indoor plants, your garden and wash your car.
6. In a drought, don’t waste water on a lawn
beginning to turn brown, it will revive after normal
7. Attune your plants and water-consumption to your
region’s natural cycles. Plant low water-use plants.
8. Reuse water from your house in your yard. If possible,
install a gray water system to irrigate your plants
with water from your sinks, laundry machine, and showers.
Lawn Grass & Planting
1. Plant native plants in your garden - they need a
lot less water and maintenance than introduced species.
2. Choose well adapted and disease resistant varieties
of grass such as ryegrasses and bluegrasses.
3. Compost your yard waste.
4. Plant flowers, trees, ground cover and vegetables
instead of grass. A lawn is an unnatural ecosystem.
Planting one plant species over a large area encourages
weeds, insects and other plant and animal life.
5. Spend an evening outdoors weeding your lawn by hand
early in the season.
6. Grow ground cover or use mulch in your garden to
cut down on water use (it also helps control weeds).
outdoor pests the natural environmentally friendly way.
Lawn Mower & Lighting Ideas
1. Set your mower blades to high. The minimum height
for grass is two and a half inches. Anything shorter
is hard to maintain, encourages weeds and disease and
requires more intervention. Longer grass also protects
the roots, offering more shade and preventing water
2. Keep your lawn mover blades sharp. Dull blades will
tear the grass, damaging the plant, making it require
more water than healthy plants.
3. Take the grass catcher off the lawn mower. The sun
and rain will break down the grass clippings and reward
you with instant compost or use the clippings in your
4. Use solar lights to light your garden, lawn, or
Greener Environmentally Friendly Lawn Care Ideas
Organic Gardening Tips & Ideas
Safe Organic Pesticide Recipes
Friendly ways to deal with Weeds
Environmentally Friendly ways to deal with Outdoor Pests