Green Lawn and Garden
If a new electric lawn mower isn't in your budget but you still want to be a little kinder to the environment while you work in the yard, there are a number of low-tech, low-budget ways to go green.

Cut back on the amount of water you put on your lawn by keeping track of rainfall with a rain gauge. Most lawns need about one inch per week.

Also, mix in compost whenever you're working the soil. A product called Oma Gro is one that is produced locally from Omaha's own yard waste.

UNL Extension educator John Fech says being green in your landscape doesn't have to be expensive.

He says, "There may be one or two brand new gadgets that are going to help you out but most of the time the best way to make an impact and to use less input and to keep the planet a little bit greener is to make decisions. Is there some way I can do this for less? Could I put on a more organic source? Could I put on less water? Could I plant a type of shrub that resists disease instead of having to be sprayed? So it's really about decision making. And it's really about thinking through everything we do."

John also suggests pruning shrubs selectively instead of using hedge trimmers. It keeps the plant healthier and naturally more resistant to disease.

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