It’s no secret that conventional lawn care isn’t very eco-friendly. If you’re looking to revamp your routine and go green, you’re in luck. Organic lawn care is surprisingly easy. In fact, you may find yourself needing fewer products and spending less time managing your lawn than ever before.
1. Green Your Fertilizer
At its core, fertilizing your lawn isn’t bad for the environment. Over-application, reliance on fast-release nutrients and improper application are. You want to transition your lawn to slow-release nutrients that incorporate well into the soil, improve its texture and build a beneficial microbe ecosystem that will help keep your grass healthy.
Compost is the go-to green fertilizer. You can make it yourself for free or purchase it in from local lawn care centers. Fertilize in the fall when your grass can use the upcoming dormant season to establish strong roots. Aerate your soil, then lay a scant 1/4-inch of compost over your soil. Water it in thoroughly.
2. Bust Weeds Naturally
Encouraging robust grass growth is the best way to keep weeds away. Strong grass will out-compete weeds before they have a chance to proliferate. When you do spot a weed, don’t reach for the herbicides. Manual removal is best.
Most weeds need to be removed completely, including every trace of the roots. The best time to weed is after it rains while the soil is soft. There are plenty of tools available to help you extract weeds without breaking a sweat, too.
3. Master Irrigation
Conserving water is a key aspect of organic lawn care, and it’s easier than you would think. Most lawns only need 1 inch of water, administered once a week, to stay healthy. These infrequent but deep waterings encourage the plants to grow deeper roots. The deeper the roots, the more disease-, pest-, and drought-tolerant the grass.
Automated systems, whether they’re in-ground or just a hose sprinkler with a timer, are the most efficient. Some automated systems can be upgraded to include rain water detection as well, ensuring your lawn won’t be overwatered during rainy weeks.
Switching to a fully organic lawn routine can be tricky, and it can take your grass some time to adapt. We can help you transition your lawn without a hitch. Learn more about our hybrid lawn care techniques on our homepage.