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Purely Organic Lawn Care

Purely Organic Lawn CareWhat is purely organic lawn care? We are seeing this term more and more in the industry and the writer actually had a difficult time finding out just what is really meant by organic lawn care. Here is the definition that we were able to come up with for organic lawn care after searching for quite a few websites.

Organic Lawn Care – the process of maintaining a healthy lawn without using chemicals such as fertilizer, herbicides, or pesticides. The term organic actually refers to material that is made up of carbon-based compounds from living organisms. Organic fertilizers are produced from these types of materials.

Purely Organic Lawn Care

More and more towns and cities, even some provinces in Canada have banned the use of chemical-based pesticides and herbicides for use on homeowner lawns. This has left many lawns full of weeds and the grass looking unhealthy.

Some homeowners are unwilling to explore ways of managing their lawns or spending the time it takes to have a healthy lawn. The term, purely organic lawn care, has become a marketing term as well for many lawn care companies who promote their services as well.

What is the average homeowner supposed to do and how can they maintain their lawns without using chemicals? How can they have that green healthy lawn that looks great and makes our homes look fantastic as well?

Organic Lawn Care Tips

We have found many tips for maintaining your lawn.

  • Add organic matter to your lawn to increase the soil by watering it in, during the fall
  • Pick weeds at least once per week. Dig them out using a weed removal tool so you get at the roots
  • Adding organic matter to the soil will help the soil retain water
  • Always use slow-release organic fertilizer to feed the lawn over a longer period
  • Dig out dandelions as soon as you see them. Be sure to get the roots
  • Keep your lawnmower’s blade sharp to cut the grass blades evenly
  • Use a rotary lawn mower to shear the grass blades and protect the grass from disease
  • Aerate your lawn every couple of years to allow for air and water penetration
  • Water less often but for longer. Your soil should be damp down to four inches
  • There will always be some weeds so do not freak out about it
  • Mulch your grass cutting so that it disintegrates more quickly and fertilizes your lawn
  • Prevent your weeds from going to seed, pull them before
  • Raising the height of your lawn to 2.5 inches will make it healthier and more difficult for weeds to grow
  • Most insects in your lawn are considered beneficial
  • Using corn gluten meal to add nitrogen to your lawn and prevent weeds from growing
  • Avoid mowing when the lawn is wet to avoid clumping and an uneven cut
  • Avoid using chemical fertilizers that kill insects, earthworms, etc
  • Apply the correct type of grass for your area, check with your local lawn care store
  • Water in the morning to prevent evaporation and mold growth on your lawn
  • Get rid of the grubs in the soil. They attract raccoons and moles as well as eat the roots of the grass.

Avoiding Chemicals in Your Lawn

This is a rather long list; however, these various steps do work and provide a healthy-looking lawn. Some homeowners may find that it takes a little more work than they are used to, however avoiding the use of pesticides is a very positive thing since these chemicals can cause various medical conditions in humans including cancer. We want to keep these chemicals out of our food and water supplies as much as possible.

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Working outside on your lawn will also give you some exercise and contribute to the vitamin D that we all need in our bodies. We have noticed of late that many people seem to have given up on their lawns now that pesticides are banned in our area. They are full of weeds, particularly dandelions which just look awful. A few hours a week of work on your lawn can make a huge difference to the health of your lawn as well as contributing to the value of your property!

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2 Responses to “Purely Organic Lawn Care”

  1. this sounds like a lot of work to take care of your lawn in an organic way. i just want a nice lawn and only want to have to cut the lawn once a week and apply fertilizer 3 times per year. organic lawn care is just too much work

  2. how do yu keep the bugs away and especially grubs if you are not using any pesticides with organic lawn care processes?

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