Organic Lawn Care – DIY Guide
Organic lawn care is starting to become quite popular in Central Oregon. With environment issues, progressive values and water conservation, organic lawn care is brought up quite often. The reason people are switching from chemicals to organic is one, children play in the grass and two, to not let harmful chemicals into the environment. The chemicals that kill weeds and insects are considered pesticides and there are several studies from both angles if they are harmful to humans or not. If this is something you care about and want to make sure your lawn is completely organic, follow these steps.
Set your lawn mower blades high. Tall grass gives thicker roots which helps suppress crabgrass better than using herbicides. Set the blades 2 1/2 – 3 inches high. Leave the clippings on the lawn. When clippings break down, they create nitrogen which feeds the growing grass. There is a myth that clippings create thatch, but the culprit is just too much fertilizer. It’s so easy to over fertilize a lawn. Fertilizer manufacturers want you to add more fertilizer because that means you need to buy more. A good rule of thumb would be to use 2/3rds of the settings or amount they want you to use. Adding less is better than adding more.
Water deeply. This creates strong roots that grow deep and offer protection during the dry spells. Water in the morning so excess moisture can evaporate in the sunlight preventing fungal growth. And finally, start using organic fertilizer. It’s way more expensive. In fact, you can expect to pay 40% more in costs in the short run, however, in the long run, you will be putting less chemicals and less organic fertilizer because you brought back the microbiology. The earth worms will come back, the weeds will disappear and you will not need to thatch or aerate which both processes costs money.
Bottom line, you will spend a lot more money getting your lawn back to the natural microbiology state. But in the long run, it will be way less expensive because you are doing and adding less things to a natural healthy lawn. Expect the results to take a few years, however. If you have been using chemicals, it takes time to cleanse it out of the soil and for the works to come back. In some cases, it can take up to 3 – 4 years. It’s a tough decision to make, but your organic lawn care will be worth it along with peace of mind. Click here for a free consultation.