At Sunday, we are creating a new way to care for our land that reconnects us with nature, supports the environment, and saves our resources, money, and time. The Sunday way is our core belief that with a more thoughtful approach to our property we can have a positive impact on people and the planet.
Our lawns are more than just great places to play and relax. They are home to birds, bees, insects, and, well a whole ecosystem. With 40 million acres of lawn across the US, it’s our third largest crop. After decades of dependence on pesticides, herbicides, and other “quick fixes”, it’s time to build a more rewarding relationship with our yards for ourselves and for our planet.
When we encourage lawns to grow slowly through mindful care practices, they grow deeper and stronger. A stronger lawn is more resilient and easier to care for. The key to making a shift like this possible, it is actually easier. With a little more care upfront, you will end up with a green lawn that requires less of everything from watering and mowing, to fertilizer and herbicides.
This may sound strange coming from a company that sells products for lawns, but our goal isn’t to sell more products. Our goal is to help people grow lawns that work for them and the ecosystem, that crowd out weeds and resist disease, because a better lawn means a better planet, for all of us.
Watering less frequently for longer times trains your grass to be more resourceful. It encourages deep, expansive root growth which helps your grass reach for nutrients and water deeper in the soil. Eco-bonus: Your new, deeper root system will allow your lawn to sequester and store more carbon from the atmosphere.
Finding the highest grass height that works for you will help your grass grow slower, which means less fertilizer, less water and deeper roots. Deeper roots help your lawn sequester more carbon and taller grass crowds out more weeds. Eco-tip: Leave the grass clippings on your lawn after mowing. This is called grass cycling or mulch mowing and it allows your lawn to recycle nutrients back into the soil naturally.
Having the right nutrients in your soil maintains plant health and deep expansive roots, but when you add too much soil can get lazy and become reliant on inputs. Sunday-bonus: Through data and soil testing we target exactly what nutrients your lawn needs, how much, and when to apply to maintain healthy growth and out compete weeds.
Growing a strong, healthy lawn is the most effective way to combat weeds and most other lawn issues. When an imbalance in weeds, insects, or disease arises, address it in the most environmentally-friendly way you can. Overuse of any pesticide or herbicide will make your lawn more susceptible to disease. Eco-tip: Cut out short-term, synthetic products to keep your system in balance and prevent unnecessary harm to local flora and fauna.
Pulling weeds out by hand is our go to. It’s easier to keep weeds from spreading if you catch them early before roots grow deep and flowers become seeds. Eco-tip: Being watchful will help you monitor weeds and stay in touch with the overall health of your lawn.
Spot-treating weeds with a natural, herbicidal soap or iron-based product can help you get rid of weeds, if pulling them up by hand isn’t an option or isn’t working. We view any herbicides, even the ones we sell, as a last resort for targeted conditions to restore balance among your grass.
Overseeding or starting a new lawn is the perfect time to evaluate what type of grass is going to work best with your climate, soil, and light. This choice will have a huge impact on how much work it takes to upkeep your lawn. Eco-tip: When possible choose grass varieties that naturally have low thatch, require less water, and root deep.
Adding diversity to your yard will strengthen your ecosystem and bring texture, color, and beauty. Evaluate your lawn activity needs. Keep what you use and consider planting areas of native plants, flowers, or trees for the rest. Or add a garden to enjoy your own fresh vegetables and herbs. Eco-bonus: Native plants, flowers, and trees are adapted to your local climate and will provide much-needed habitat for local pollinators, birds, and other wildlife.