Going green isn’t just a trend; it is a lifestyle option that is here to stay. You may use ready-to-use organic products to protect your plants from insects and plant disease, but do you apply the same “all natural” methods to your lawn care? A lot of lawn enthusiasts balk when it comes to using organic fertilizers on their grass because it seems complicated, but it is much more simple than you think!
Let’s review the steps of growing an organic 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 draught 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!
Having an organically treated lush, full, green lawn is easier to achieve than you may think! Products are available to help you create the yard of your dreams and our experts are available to answer your questions. Tweet us or join us on Facebook to continue the organic lawn conversation!