All About Organic Lawn Care

You can have that lawn you’ve always wanted without spending hours and weeks at a time taking are of it. Never heard that before? That’s right, an organic lawn is almost maintenance free! Besides the lush carpet feeling when you walk on it, you can have a peace of mind knowing that your family, pets, and beautiful wildlife are completely safe. Safe from artificial fertilizers and pesticides. In the pages ahead I will show you lawn care tips the organic way. You will learn what your grass needs to be healthy, how organic fertilizers can be applied safely, and how mowing can keep your lawn weed-free all season. I can promise you that growing a organic lawn will be so easy and rewarding that you will want to show your friends how to do it.

If you listen to what a lot of people say they would have you believe that it is impossible to have a weed-free, healthy lawn without using chemicals. You will also find that by not using chemicals you will maintaining will be easier and your effort will not be in vane. When you stop adding synthetic fertilizers on the lawn you will find out that it doesn’t grow as quickly. This in turn will lead to less mowing for you! Lawns that are grown organically will also have deeper roots which will require less water which means more money in your pocket, especially during the hot month of summer. These lawns can with stand the toughest droughts because they have deep roots. If by some reason a problem does arise the fix is simple and safe. When changing over to a organic lawn it is important to stop the old school ways of lawn care. To get started there are a few things you need to stop immediately.

Some lawn care professionals will tell you that aerating is a must to have a healthy lawn. This process is known to breakup and loosen the compacted soil to encourage roots to grow. This process is done in a variety of ways. Some have been known to use spiky shoes, rental equipment etc. This process opens the ground to let oxygen water and other vital nutrients flow into the root zone. In most cases aerating in not necessary. Compaction is the main reason to aerate but a most homeowners don’t have enough traffic to compact the soil for aerating to be relevant. Not even that, aerating can actually cause compaction by introducing the increase flow of air which spends up decomposition of the organic material that opens the soil and keeps it loose. Aeration does come in handy if you have a lawn that is composed of heavy clay. This is pretty common in new home construction sites.

As we all have seen, synthetic fertilizers cause our grass to grow at a high rate of speed which leads to more mowing. The organic decomposers that we can’t see such as earthworms can’t keep up with the amount of grass being laid down as organic matter. The end result is thatch. (I will talk more about thatch in a moment). We want out lawns to grow in a timely matter. Quick growth is not healthy and does not build strong roots that can stand droughts or invasions of foreign pests. Dethatching is not necessary if your lawn is growing at a normal rate as mentioned above. Too much nitrogen from synthetic fertilizers causes your grass to grow fast producing stem, roots and leaves quicker than decomposers can eat. If you don’t know what thatch is then go outside right now and grab a hand full of material right above the ground. Thatch is the clippings and dead material shed by your grass. This should not be more than an inch thick. Anymore than an inch will prevent air and water from reaching the soil. Dethatching can be done in a few ways. Some recommend using a dethatching machine. Another traditional way of causing thatch is spraying chemical pesticides. The pesticides kill the important decomposers in the soil from gobbling thatch.