Organic lawn care doesn’t have to be complicated.
There are just a few things you should consider, before applying anything to your lawn.
1. Take a soil sample. Without a soil sample, how do you know how much product is needed? After a few years, most organic lawns will not require any type of fertilizer, compost or lime. Soil test results will tell you exactly how much product will be needed for the entire season.
2. Water deeply and infrequent. Deep water promotes deeper roots, so the grass will not suffer much during the summer. Daily water will cause superficial roots, and the plants can suffer during periods of drought. If you don’t have sprinklers, you should rely on rain storms. Also, try to keep the grass long until it rains.
3. Mow high. The higher the better. 3-4″ in the Spring and Summer, and 2″ in the Fall. The longer the blade, the longer the root system. Also, when keeping the grass tall, it will shade the soil, delaying the weed seed germination. The rule of thumb is to mow no more than 1/3 of the grass leaf blade, so, if you keep you lawn at 4″tall, you should mow it back to 3″ tall.
4. Don’t bag the grass clippings. Grass clippings is a great source of fertilizer. It adds approximately 2lbs/1000sf of Nitrogen to the soil. More than enough for the grass to grow for the season. Besides, grass clippings are almost 95% water. And no, it does not cause thatch.
5. Re-seed your lawn. When you mow your lawn too short, you don’t let the grass go to seed. Letting the grass grow tall during the Spring and Fall, will improve the turf condition. Basically your lawn will reseed itself regularly, so this is the right way to choke out weeds.
6. Feed the soil. You need to feed those hungry microbes in the soil. They are the ones that decompose the organic fertilizer, and they are also the ones that feed our plants. Common fertilizer you can use are, leaves, compost, chicken poop, grass clippings, seaweed fertilizer, corn gluten…