Many pesticides and herbicides feature warnings such as “Keep away from children.” If the chemicals aren’t good for your children, should they be playing the backyard you recently sprayed those chemicals? Of course not. Organic lawn care is not only better for your children and pets, it is also better for your lawn. Here are some tips on how to start organic lawn care:
- Improve your soil – A healthy lawn requires healthy soil. The pH level of your soil plays an important role in keeping your lawn healthy. The pH level of your soil should read between 6.5 and 7, which is slightly acidic. Soil with a high pH can be regulated by sprinkling lime on your lawn, while soil with a low pH can be regulated by adding sulfur to your lawn.
- Mow properly – Mowing too often can actually harm your lawn. A healthy lawn should be cut between 2.5 to 3.5″. Any shorter and you increase the risk of dry soil and loss of aeration.
- Water properly – Thorough water ensures the lawn gets deep roots which allows the lawn to become hardier and more drought-resistant. Let the lawn dry fully before re-watering. A good way to check if your lawn is in need of water is the dullness in colour. When watering place an empty cup in the sprinkler zone. A healthy lawn will only need 1″ of water.
- Control the build-up of thatch – Thatch is the layer of living and dead organic matter between the soil and lawn. This layer should not exceed a thickness of 1/2 an inch. Aerate your lawn to bring microorganisms to the layer of thatch. These microorganisms will then eat away most of the thatch. Aerate will also reduce the amount of thatch and allow roots to grow deeper.
An organic lawn is a happy lawn, and a happy lawn will look beautiful year round.
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