All homeowners strive to achieve a perfect, lush, green yard on their property. A healthy lawn improves the curb appeal of your home and provides your family and pets with wonderful outdoor space for socializing, relaxing or playing. However, often this “perfect” lawn is accomplished through the use of several chemicals, pesticides and other substances that can seriously harm your family if they are in contact with the toxins. Therefore, many homeowners are looking for safe, organic ways to achieve the same great looking lawn, without sacrificing the health and security of loved ones. Here are 5 organic lawn-care tips for a lush and green yard.
- The best place to start is with the source of your grass–the soil. You should have a soil analysis performed on your lawn. To do this you will likely need a few samples from different areas of your lawn. You can often bring these samples in to a lab or a garden center where they can test and assess your soil. These tests will allow them to see which nutrients your soil is lacking so they can be added to your soil for improved lawn results. For example, often soil lacks nutrients like calcium or magnesium. Once you know what is missing you can purchase and add amendments to the lawn. Before adding, be sure to mow your lawn properly and remove any brush or debris in the area.
- Another organic lawn stimulating option is to begin composting. This compost material can be added by spreading approximately a half-inch of the compost onto the lawn regularly. Regardless of the amendment nutrients your analysis suggested, this compost can and should be used for all lawns to maintain overall vitality and lusciousness. The compost provides the soil with other things it needs besides nutrients such as bacteria, algae, fungi and more. You can buy compost of organic plant materials at a garden store or you can create it yourself with a backyard compost bin.
- When choosing fertilizers, stay away from those with harsh chemicals. Instead use organic fertilizer options, which are better for you and your family and provide your lawn with the things necessary for an added boost of green and fullness. Organic fertilizers work over time and provide the grass and soil with seaweed, bone meal and feather meal with nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen.
- Another way to improve the health and condition of your lawn is to over-seed it or replace it altogether with native or organic grass seed. Organic lawn seed is grown without the use of synthetic herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers. If you choose to replace your lawn with turf, choose turf that is native to your particular area. This will ensure that the lawn requires less maintenance or watering because it is meant for your yard’s soil composition and the rainfall in the area. It will also be able to resist common diseases and other issues much better than other types of turf grass.
- Finally, removing weeds and pests is a safe way to keep your lawn in top shape without having to use harmful chemicals or techniques. To prevent weeds, consider spreading corn gluten meal on your lawn in the spring. You can also pull single weeds as they pop up. If bugs and insects are the sources of your lawn problems, stay away from harsh bug repellents and sprays. Instead you can use nematodes. Nematodes come in a spray form and are microorganisms that devour grubs and will not harm your grass.
Maintaining a beautiful lawn does not need to require unsafe methods. Instead, choose effective organic methods such as organic seed, a soil analysis by a center such asMorGreen nursery and landscape, or chemical-free fertilizers. All of these tips will help you to maintain a healthy, attractive lawn all year long while also preserving your piece of mind.