The short answer is that yes, organic products are much better for your lawn. They are better for the environment and better for your health, among many other reasons. When you’re gardening, the last thing you want is to expose yourself and the environment to harmful chemicals and pesticides. 40-60 percent of nitrogen from fertilizer ends up in ground or surface water, and 60-70 million birds die from pesticides each year.
If you’re looking to maintain a great-looking lawn naturally, without the use of harmful chemicals, here are three things you should keep in mind. These tips will have you mastering organic lawn care in no time!
1. Compost, compost, compost!
Composting is the process of nature breaking down decomposing matter into the soil and using the nutrients to feed plants and other flora. Anything that was once alive can be composted, from a banana peel to vegetable scraps from your sink. When these items get broken down, it helps to create a nutrient-rich soil that is great for growing plants in. This is a wonderful way to incorporate more organic lawn care into your gardening and lawn maintenance routine.
2. Overseed your grass
It’s very easy to have a naturally healthy lawn. One way to do this is to overseed your grass or replace it completely. This is one way to naturally make your lawn look healthy and lush. There are some products that can help your lawn grow but they may contain harmful chemicals while overseeding your lawn does take more time and requires a lot of care, but in the end, is the best natural way to keep your lawn looking bright and beautiful all year long. The thick your grass, is the more weeds will get crowded out and you won’t have to worry about using harmful chemicals to try and get rid of pesky weeds. A dense lawn that is healthy is also great for preventign runoff and absorbing rainfall.
3. Don’t overwater your lawn
It’s a good choice to try more environmentally responsible lawn care techniques. One of the best ways to keep your lawn naturally healthy is by not overwatering it. During the hot summer months, about 40 to 60 percent of residential water usage goes to lawns. Watering is best done early in the morning in order to prevent fungal disease and as a general rule, you should only water when you notice footprints stay imprinted in your lawn for over 30 minutes. This signals that your lawn is getting dry and needs watering. Otherwise, you are overwatering the lawn.
See, organic lawn care is easy! Do you have any other tips for growing a beautiful, healthy lawn the natural way? Let us know in the comments!