I receive a few emails every once in a while, from people asking me for guidance on how to start an organic lawn care program. And specifically they request some lawn care tips. There are a few thing you should do, if you want to stop using pesticides. From my experience, I can tell you than an organic lawn can be self sustainable in just a few years. Stopping the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides doesn’t mean your yard is organic. Not until you change the soil biology.
Few simple lawn care tips for a healthy yard
- Use compost every year to bring back the microbiology. This is specially important if you have been using pesticides.
- Mow the lawn at 3 inches during the growing season. Longer grass means it will delay weed seed germination. This is a great way to fight weeds naturally.
- Don’t bag the grass clippings. It is a good source of nutrients for the microbes in the soil.
- Use organic fertilizer. You can apply granular or liquid fertilizer. The beauty about organics is that you don’t need to use a specific brand of fertilizer. Most organic fertilizers from your local store will do just fine.
- Spread grass seed in the Spring and Fall. Contrary to the advice of many lawn care businesses, Spring is the second best time to reseed your lawn. Remember, the more good grass you can grow during the season, the better.
- Aerate in Spring or Fall right before you spread grass seed. Aeration will bring more moisture close to the root system of the grass where is needed. It will also bring more oxygen to the root system.
- Think before you spray any type of weed killer. Be tolerant while your lawn is in transition. Remove by hand some weeds instead of spraying the whole lawn.
Fix the soil. Feed the microbes in the soil. Be tolerant, and enjoy your yard.