Make Your Yard Greener with These Eco-Friendly Lawn Care and Gardening Products
Whether you’re tending to a patch of grass or a sprawling lawn, you want to keep it clean. These are some of our favorite environmentally-friendly go-tos for your greenspace.
Lawn care tips can be notoriously tricky, and lawns aren’t necessarily great for the environment, even if they are green in a literal sense. Few people need to be reminded of the importance of lawn care, but many people probably want to keep their manicured green lawns free of dangerous chemicals and toxins in addition to stray leaves and brown patches. Using eco-friendly lawn care products is good for the lawn itself and for the surrounding environment, and it can be surprisingly easy.
Learning how to compost and using a homemade weed killer are great first steps for making lawn care (and gardening in general) more eco-friendly, but you can go the extra mile in your gardening and lawn care by using products that are good for the soil, are recyclable, and save water. Try these Mother-Earth approved options—your fall, summer, and spring lawn care routines will be greener than ever. (Your garden might benefit, too.)
1 Kellogg Garden Organic Soil
With a wide range of soil mixes suited to whatever your greens need, this clean line of eco-friendly lawn and gardening products is a stand-out in the organic market.
To buy: Shopping info at kellogggarden.com.
2 The Organic Lawn Care Manual
This comprehensive guide gives you all the essential info you’ll need to maintain a gorgeous, green lawn and garden, using all-natural methods and avoiding the use of harsh chemicals.
To buy: $12; amazon.com.
3 Clovers Garden Fiber Seed Starter Biodegradable Pots
Sold in packs of 54, these biodegradable coconut fiber pots break down directly into the soil, and don’t mold as easily as peat pots. So once your seeds have started to sprout, you can plant these handy pots directly in your garden without needing to transfer the soil.
To buy: $36 for 54 pots; cloversgarden.com.
4 Purely Organic Products Liquid Lawn Food
This plant-based spray is easy-to-use and fast-acting. Plus, because it contains all-natural, healthy ingredients, you don’t have to keep the kids off the lawn for long.
To buy: $15; homedepot.com.
5 FCMP Outdoor Rain Barrel
Want to save water? Collect it in one of these barrels, made from recycled, BPA-free materials. Place it under your downspout and it’ll gather all of the rainwater that would otherwise go to waste. You can then use the gallons of H2O to water your lawn and garden with the included hose, rather than tapping into the water supply.
To buy: From $90; fcmponline.com.
6 Dr. Earth Super Natural Lawn Fertilizer
An Amazon Choice for lawn fertilizers, it contains a blend of organic ingredients like fish meal, feather meal, alfalfa meal, and seaweed extract, as well as beneficial soil microbes that ensure your grass is getting the necessary nutrients at a more effective rate.
To buy: $49; amazon.com.
7 Soil Moist Granules
Save water with these super-absorbent crystals, which store more than 200 times their weight in water. They trap moisture in the grain and, as the soil dries, they release water back into the plant, giving your greens a steady dose of hydration without having to rewater—great for surviving droughts and saving water year-round.
To buy: $6; planetnatural.com.