Healthy lawns are resilient to pests and disease, eliminating the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Many lawn and garden chemicals persist on your lawn for days or even months after application, and can be tracked into your home or washed into local waterways when it rains. Pesticides may kill beneficial insects and soil microbes, disrupting the ecological balance of your lawn and garden.
We've assembled tips and resources for you to keep your lawn beautiful and healthy naturally.
Lawn Care Tips
- Avoid over-watering. Lawns need an average of one inch of water per week. Too much moisture can promote moss (read more about controlling moss).
- Water before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. and avoid watering on windy, overcast or rainy days. This can save as much as 300 gallons of water per month.
- Let your lawn go brown. It's not dead, just dormant. When the rain returns, so will your green grass.
- Replace your lawn with drought-tolerant grass and naturescaping.
- Aerate your lawn to prevent runoff and give water easier access to roots.
- Mow high and often. Cutting your lawn higher (two or three inches) encourages a stronger root system and reduces evaporation.
- Use a mulching mower that chops grass and leaves it on the lawn as natural fertilizer.
- Fertilize your lawn in the fall using a naturally derived fertilizer, made from bone, rock, seaweed or blood meal (tips on using nitrogen fertilizers).
- Review our Spring and Fall Natural Lawn Care Guide.
- Pledge not to use weed and feed
- Find safer chemicals
For more information about lawn care and other watershed issues contact Keri Handaly at Keri.Handaly@GreshamOregon.gov or 503-618-2657.