Fertilizing Your Lawn 101

Going green isn’t just a trend; it is a lifestyle option that is here to stay. You may use products that are safe for use in organic gardening to protect your plants from insects and plant disease, but can you apply the same “all natural” methods to your lawn care?

A lot of lawn enthusiasts balk when it comes to using such fertilizers on their grass because it seems complicated. Aiming for an organic lawn may seem even more difficult, but it is much more simple than you think!

Let’s review the steps of growing a healthy lawn:

  1. Testing — Checking your lawn’s acid/alkaline balance.
  2. Composting — Adding nutrients to your yard.
  3. Mowing — You probably do this, but do you do it right?
  4. Watering — When and how much to water.
  5. Weeding — Keeping competing plants at bay.

Step-by-Step: Fertilizing Your Lawn

Step 1. Testing – Skip this step at your lawn’s peril!  Testing doesn’t have to be hard, you can use one of the do it yourself kits or your local ag extension service.  Lawn professionals also offer this service.  Grass flourishes at soil pH levels between 6.5 and 7.0.   If your soil is alkaline (above 7.0) add sulfur or iron to balance it.  If it is too acidic 9below 6.5) add lime to balance the soil.

Step 2. Composting – Adding a spring and fall topdressing of compost to your yard will make an incredible difference. The additional minerals and beneficial microbes will improve your soil. Need help getting started with composting? Ringer® Compost Plus is a great starter product for those interested in keeping their own compost.  If you do not compost, Ringer® Lawn Restore is a great alternative.  It is nutrient rich and packed with beneficial microbes to help make your lawn drought and disease resistant.

Step 3. Mowing – Shaded soil keeps weeds from germinating and better holds moisture. Help your lawn’s soil by keeping your mower settings high, at 3 inches tall, and leave your grass clippings on the lawn.

Step 4. Watering – We’ve got good news for you! Your lawn only needs about 1 inch of water a week and the soil benefits from drying out between waterings. Try watering your lawn earlier in the day so it has time to dry out before cooler evening temperatures. A lawn that is damp for a period of time could develop fungal issues.

Step 5. Weeding – Your lawn should be full of grass, not weeds, so take a measure of prevention. Corn gluten meal is an organic material that is extremely effective for dandelion control and crab grass. Concern® Weed Prevention Plus should be applied to your yard in early spring and again in the fall.  It prevents weed seedlings from taking root, solving weed problems before they start!

Building the Perfect Yard

Having a “green lawn” takes time and effort, but it’s worth it for the peace of mind! Products are available to help make fertilizing your lawn a simple process and create the yard of your dreams! Do you have an questions for our experts? Leave a comment below or or join us on Facebook to continue the conversation on healthy lawns!
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