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Organic Lawn Care

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 4 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
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Simply put organic lawn care is a way in which to look after your lawn and protect it from harm by nature's forces using methods which do not involve pesticides, chemicals or other procedures which could harm the lawn itself or surrounding flowers or wildlife.

Many people now look upon organic lawn care as the way of the future in that it reduces the amounts of chemicals used on the land and also reduces the amount of chemicals that are allowed to be airborne whilst at the same time saving money and also making a small but necessary contribution in the fight to save our environment.

Feeding

One of the guiding principles of organic lawn care is feeding is better than fertilising the lawn. In this way we are using less fertiliser, which in turn means fewer chemicals, and also it encourages natural lawn growth rather than chemically stimulated growth.

Feeding also allows for the introduction and the continuation of naturally occurring insects which are beneficial to the lawn's existence and help keep down the numbers of lawn pests.

Soil

Soils which are high in nutrients are also a great benefit to your lawn. Again you do not have to mix in lots of feeds to encourage the release of nutrients into the soil, composts and mulches are a natural organic way of achieving this and they also encourage the existence of micro-organisms in the soil and their continued presence.

Composts

Composts are very cheap and very beneficial to your lawn. The best kind of compost to use is that made from manures. If you live close to a farming community - or indeed stables - you will find a plentiful supply of such manures which farmers and stable owners alike will be only to happy to let you have. These composts contain naturally occurring micro-organisms and nutrients which make excellent companions for your soil and in turn your lawn.

Cutting

Cutting your grass is another important factor in ensuring a healthy lawn. Many people do not cut their grass as often as they should - and in the way they should - which then leads to the lawn's gradual degradation.

In the summer months you should cut your lawn once a week - preferably in the cooler times of the day - either early morning or late evening. In the autumn and winter months this procedure can be reduced to perhaps once a fortnight but if there are dry spells then you should reconsider this if there is accelerated growth.

Watering

Speaking from an organic point of view, water is one of the best sources of assistance your lawn can find in its continued growth cycle. However it is important not to over water or under water your lawn.

In the summer months you should try to water your lawn in late evening so that the water has a chance to sink into the soil rather than water it during periods of hot sun when the water will simply evaporate. In the autumn and winter you will find you will need to water your lawn less but should continue to do so if the weather is particularly mild and there is no significant degree of rainfall.

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I’d disagree with some of this. Most people cut their grass too often. Once a fortnight in summer should be fine, and don’t water it. If it goes brown, that’s just nature’s course. Feed the lawn by all means, as long as it’s organic food and only use natural weed killer.
Chris - 4-Oct-12 @ 9:29 AM
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