Click below to listen to my Garden Bite radio show: LILaC – it’s not a shrub
Our views are changing on our home landscapes. In particular, the all-American lawn. The amount of fertilizers folks use to keep that lawn looking green is wreaking havoc in our lakes and creeks, which, in turn, causes problems with our drinking water, which is a major issue and not just for farmers. There are over 20 million acres of lawn in the United States. We spend $5 billion on fertilizers.
I realize that most folks like their lawns, but there is a way to use less chemicals AND less water.
Let’s talk LILaC – it’s an acronym for Low Input Lawn Care – that link is a comprehensive introduction to LILac.
There are some caveats to the lilac approach. It does take time and effort to transition your existing lawn to this low maintenance approach. These lawns may not be able to take as much traffic either. The benefits are long term in water conservation and chemical use.
Here’s another link to a more palatable version of LILaC
A couple of considerations are leaving your lawn at 3 inches in height and mowing often so that you can leave the cut grass on the lawn. The nitrogen then leaches back into the soil, leaving you to fertilize just once a year at most.
Low Input Lawns allow for some weeds – these are usually in the form of clover. Check out the photo below… I wouldn’t mind my lawn looking like that!
Here’s a look at a different blend of grass seed!! Dig this…
It’s called Fleur de Lawn and it’s from Pro Time Lawn Seed. How well it works in YOUR area, I don’t know for sure but it looks worth checking out. Find out your soil type, what your sun/shade conditions are and do a little research.