What is an Organic Lawn?
An organic lawn is really no different than any
other lawn you are used to seeing in the neighborhood. The difference
in an organic lawn is how it's maintained. Man made fertilizers,
herbicides and pesticides are not used on an organic lawn.
are also safer for kids and pets.Making your lawn organic will be a long term
project, you want to end up with a rich healthy soil to support vigorous
can start your shift to organic lawn care by starting to
compost. When you have
made enough compost or have purchased a good compost mixture to
top-dress your yard, use a shovel and leaf rake to spread the compost
over your lawn evenly. Once you've finished top-dressing with your
favorite mixture you'll need to brush or rake the grass blades to assist
the top dressing in reaching the base of the grass. When the grass
blades are free of soil you can give your lawn a light watering to start
the release of the nutrients to the soil and roots below.
Adding compost to your soil serves many purposes
including adding depth to your current soil and attracting beneficial
organisms and earth worms to aerate the soil. Compost also improves the
soil by regulating water drainage rate, it also helps to naturaly
balance the PH levels in your soil and slowly releases nutrients that
your grass needs to grow strong and healthy.
compost into your lawn is impossible without starting the whole lawn
over again, you will need to top-dress the lawn with organic soils and
composts over a longer period of time. It may take years before you have
the perfect soil but it will be worth your time in the end.
Often, people top-dress with
compost or a compost-topsoil mixture right after their lawn has been
aerated, helping the compost to get down deeper and faster via the plug
holes left by the aerator.
Remember to cut your grass long and leave the
grass clippings on the lawn when you mow. You might also want to
consider a mulching mower. Mulch and grass
clippings add nutrients and organic matter back to the soil to enrich it
and help keep it from becoming a hard dirt.