The Natural Gardener: Bio Green Lawn Care

| 8/13/2010 3:51:09 PM

Jenn Leonard

Jenn Leonard is an eco-consultant, natural living advocate and educator, homeschooling mom, suburban homesteader and owner of Be Well Consultations in Washington State.

My family tries to live as healthy and natural a life as possible in this world of manmade “food” and chemical-laden plastic. We have a fairly large garden, recycle, keep chickens, compost and have a rain barrel.

We also live in a neighborhood with an HOA.

Part of the requirement of living in this little suburban homestead of ours is that we have to “keep up appearances” for the neighborhood. This means keeping at least a little lawn in the yard. We're still working on expanding our edible landscape. In the backyard, we like to keep a lawn for the kids to play. 

It's difficult to keep the grass naturally green and plush. Every spring and summer our neighbors spray their lawns with all kinds of nasty chemicals. Many of them hire conventional lawn services to do this for them. Every year I cringe when I see the trucks pull up and smell the chemicals wafting through the air—no doubt landing all over my lawn and garden I work to keep organic.

Ironically, every year my husband also cringes…at our brown lawn that is covered in clovers and dandelions. We are at an impasse.