There are plenty good reasons why organic lawn care is better for your lawn. Organic methods of caring for your lawn create healthier soil, stronger grass turfs and uses the natural ability of the lawn to fight off undesirable weeds and diseases. Contrary to what many people think, organic lawn care is not expensive. When you know what to do and why you need to do it a certain way, you will see that organic lawn care is really the best method for growing a lush and healthy lawn.
Here are some organic lawn care tips for your lawn:
- Mow high. When cutting the grass of your lawn, adjust the settings so you cut at the highest setting. Some homeowners think that if they cut the grass short, then that means they spend less time cutting grass. But actually, what happens is you impair the ability of the grass to produce sufficient food for itself. Very short grass means less surface area exposed to sunlight, which means less food production. Less food means less energy to grow strong roots. When mowing your lawn, the most that you should cut is 1/3 of your leaves.
- Water infrequently. Wait for your lawn to show signs of thirst before watering. Water less often, but when you do, make sure your lawn receives a lot - about 3/4" to 1" of water. This allows the water to penetrate deep into the soil and will encourage your grass to grow strong roots deep into the soil. When your grass develops deep roots, that will allow them to absorb moisture and nutrients found in the deeper layers of the soil, making them stronger and less susceptible to drought.
- Maintain a neutral pH level. Have your soil tested annually to check the acidity of your soil. The grass in your lawn thrives on soil that has a pH level of 6.5. Weeds like dandelions prefer a pH of 7.5. As you can see, maintaining the right pH level will allow you to deter unwanted growths and encourage healthy grass turfs in your lawn. If your soil's pH is too high, then it means it's too acidic. Add lime. If your soil's pH is too low, opt to add gardener's sulfur.
- Check the amount of topsoil that you have. The optimal amount of topsoil you need to grow a lush lawn is 8 inches or more. Anything below 4 inches of topsoil will produce a poor lawn because your grass won't have sufficient space to grow deep and strong roots. The quality of your soil is also important. If you see that your soil resembles dirt more than it resembles soil, then you are probably right! This is bad for your lawn, so you should immediately address it by adding organic fertilizer to your lawn.
- Add top soil - a part compost, 2 parts dirt. If your lawn has too little top soil, then add soil in this ratio. Adding compost to your soil makes your soil richer and more attractive to microbes that are important to a healthy lawn.
- Use organic fertilizers. Synthetic fertilizers contain salts, which actually depletes your soil the longer you use it. As you can see, it is not a sustainable or efficient way of nourishing your lawn. Organic fertilizers on the other hand helps you create healthier soil - one that encourages microbes, which are essential to growing healthy grass turfs.
- Apply fertilizer at the right time. Find out whether the grass in your lawn is a cool season grass or a warm season grass. This tells you when these grasses are most active. Fertilize during the times when they are active because this is the time when they need the nutrients the most. For cool season grasses, fertilize in the fall. For warm season grasses, fertilize in summer.
- Leave mulch on your lawn when you mow your lawn. These grass clippings add organic matter to your soil and make it richer. Not only does it require less work and less time, it's also good for your soil.