Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Let’s think for a minute about the rain that falls on your yard. You know that the water that soaks into your yard helps your grass grow and thrive. That’s great — but the water that runs off the lawn ends up in the local creek. So how you take care of your yard can make a difference for how clean your nearest creek is, and how healthy the water is for people and animal who depend on it.
Here are a few tips for how green thumbs like you can do their part for a healthy environment.
Tip #1) Set the Mower Blade to 3 Inches or Higher
From the perspective of our planet, three inches is an “optimal” height for grass. Grass this high retains water better shorter grass. It’s more resistant to disease and leaves less room for weeds. When you mow your grass to three inches, you’ll have to water it less often won’t have to use herbicides and fungicides that wash into the creek.
You can still mow every week to keep that neat, well groomed look. Just set the blades a little higher and you’ll feel great about doing your part.