Natural Lawn Care Tips
There’s just something about a lush green lawn. When the summer is in full-swing, you expect to look out your back door and see a sprawling, healthy lawn. And when guests arrive at your home, you probably want them to be greeted by a good-looking lawn.
Most homeowners may be under the impression that it takes a lot of harsh chemicals and treatments to get their lawn looking its best. But, you really don’t have to sacrifice the safety of your family, pets, and the environment to make your lawn the talk of the block.
Here’s how you can maintain and care for your lawn organically, all season long:
1. Take the time to test your soil
Before investing in any organic treatments, you should always test your soil first to find its pH levels. That way you’ll know that if your soil is too low in pH, you can always add sulfur to remedy that. On the other hand, if your soil is too acidic, you can add lime to bring its pH level back down. Sulfur and lime are just a few organic alternates to harsh chemical fertilizers that your lawn will actually love!
2. Assess and remove thatch
To grow green and lush, grass needs ample sun and water. A large build-up of thatch prevents both new grass and established root systems from receiving the nutrients they need to keep growing and thriving. Don’t jump straight to mowing your grass if you have a lot of thatch. Your best option is to gently rake and wait. You want to ensure you’re effectively removing the thatch while giving your grass enough time to regain strength afterwards.
3. Know your grass
Next, it’s important to get to know your grass. The type of grass blanketing your lawn greatly depends on where you live and your soil composition. If you’re trying to repair damaged grass or regrow empty spots, you have to choose the right grass for your climate. There are both cold and warm weather grasses, do your research to find the best fit for your lawn based on your soil composition and climate.
4. Use what you have
Just like flowerbeds, your grass can benefit from some organic fertilization too. Those pesky bare spots on your lawn are probably lacking important nutrients. You can use the decomposed matter from your own organic compost pile to fertilize these spots too. Don’t have a compost pile? Start saving organic food scrapes, coffee grounds, and lawn trimmings for the very best fertilizer around.
5. Rethink your pests
It’s easy to see grubs, worms, and weeds as pesky pests. In the case of insects, the last thing you want to do is kill them. Certain insects keep your grass healthy, providing it with food and natural aeration. The same goes for “weeds” like dandelions and clovers. An overabundance of pests means you need to assess and repair your soil, not treat them with harmful chemicals. More often than not, these pests aren’t really pests at all – juts a good indicator of your lawn’s needs. If you watch and listen before treating, you’ll lawn will be much better off.
6. Mow with care
After you’ve spent a lot of time and energy caring for your grass and everything that comes with it, the last thing you want to do is ruin it with an aggressive mow. Cutting grass too low, or even using dull blades and rickety parts, can seriously harm your delicate lawn. Take the time to replace your John Deere garden tractor parts and sharpen blades before you set out to mow. Leave enough grass after you mow to ensure its roots are protected from the sun, avoiding scorching.
Caring for your lawn is a delicate balance. But, it’s not something that has to be aided with the use of harsh and harmful chemicals. You can achieve a truly beautiful and green lawn organically!