How Do I Keep My Lawn?
February 25th, 2015
Thank you James Harper for the suggestion.
Before doing some research I was the worst person to ask about lawn care but after reviewing many websites and videos I may try to grow something other than moss. As you can imagine there’s plenty of information on this topic. It seems the push today is toward natural or organic and away from chemicals. If your lawn has been maintained with chemicals it has an addiction to them and going to organic may take years. The organic alternative seems to be in the best interest of everyone and everything including your lawn.
As common sense would dictate the soil is quite important; not just the nutritional make up but it’s density and soil life. There are actually insects that thrive on pest that will eat your lawn. Believe it or not the Ladybug eats a pest known as an Aphid therefore Lady bugs are good. You may have guessed that worm poop is a good fertilizer and you can purchase combinations of it to be great fertilizer. These websites and videos will take the battle for your lawn to the microbial level.
The first site has the most reading. Depending on your preference you may want to save it until last. Natural Lawn Care Techniques has a link called “organic fertilizer” where you can purchase lawn products if you choose to do so. It is thorough but still leaves room for the other websites and videos to be informative. They include facts that you may not have know about; like removing only 1/3 of your lawns length is best for your lawn or that thatch which is normally reincorporated back into the soil can accumulate at the base of your grass and leaves your lawn susceptible to disease. Thatch can be raked away or a specialized tool may be used.
The next site is “The Best Management Practices for Lawn Care & Landscaping“. It uses California to reference different types of grasses but chances are there is a grass type that matches your region. You may want to talk with someone in the lawn and garden department about which of the grasses mentioned is best for you.
Prefer videos? SafeLawns has more than a few videos to watch. Earth friendly with some techniques and tools you may not have known about like the reel lawnmower. I’m thinking about getting one. They’ve come a long way.
This last site includes herbicides. That’s not a choice I can’t make for you. Just remember your lawn will get addicted to chemical fertilizers. You can always mix and match chemical and natural lawn care methods. “To Over -Seed or Start Over with Your Ugly Lawn?” has options such as “Not to Bad” to “Pretty Bad” to “Completely Horrible”.
Hopefully you have found what option is right for you in this blog. Until next week; keep your home well.