Having an organic lawn may be the best alternative to help reduce pollution in the environment without sacrificing its beauty. If you are into organic lawn care for the first time, there may be things that you still need to do and consider in order for your lawn to stay healthy and green. But firstly, bear in mind that an organic lawn could be different from a non-organic lawn in some ways. Here are some guides to keep your organic lawn healthy and green:
Never settle with an uneducated guess when it comes to fertilizers.
Okay, you may be confused with my opening tip. Organic lawns also need fertilizers most of time, but the fertilizers I’m talking here are organic fertilizers and not chemical fertilizers. When applied, organic fertilizers being fed upon by the organisms found in the soil, making them and the plants healthy. Whereas, in the case of chemical fertilizers, it is fed directly by the plants and too much of it can actually kill them. It can even kill grasses weeds, making it unhealthy for an organic lawn setting. Meanwhile, going back to the guessing part, make sure that you know how much nitrogen, potassium, sulphur, phosphorus, and other minerals are found in your favored nutrients. A diagnostic test of the soil is needed to know the right amount of content that you need to put into your lawn soil. Remember that too much fertilizer can kill plants and its excess can go deep into bodies of water like lakes and rivers and even to drinking water passages, which can kill marine animals and contaminate our bodies.
Pick the right grass.
While you may think that grasses are the same, they are not. Grasses differ in characteristics as some are short while others are tall; some like shady areas while others want to be placed under the sun’s heat; and some grasses are pest-resistance and disease-resistance while others die easily. Because of their varying characteristics, you have to know your grass pretty well before you even start tossing them on the soil bed. Opt for grasses that are resistant to pests and diseases to avoid regular application of pesticides and lawn mowing. This type of grass also needs less watering, so you won’t have to devote much of your time everyday to your organic lawn. Have you ever thought that mowing actually accounts about 10% of air pollution and may also be responsible for noise pollution when you and your kids are taking a glorious nap in the afternoon during summer days?
Consider white clover as a blessing in your yard.
It used to be that this plant is a no-no until law gardeners found out its essence in their very own yard. In fact, the scientist who created the most common synthetic herbicide apologized publicly since his product has been the cause of white clover’s demise in most American yards. Cutting to the chase, here are the main reasons to welcome white clovers in your yard: it looks green and alive even during cool season; needs little mowing; it invites other weeds in the lawn; drought-tolerant; insect and pest resistant, especially from white grubs; and helps in keeping other plants and grasses alive because it stores atmospheric nitrogen in its roots. Apart from that, the presence of white clover shows that your lawn soil is pretty enriched with nutrients.
Ditch chemical fertilizers and opt for cheaper, yet very sustainable and rich kitchen wastes.
Having an organic lawn means being green at home, too. You don’t need to toss your used or grey water from the kitchen into the sink; toss it into your yard lawn and your plants will be very happy about it. Those greasy food leftovers and other kitchen wastes can be made into composts, which are very vital when making organic lawns. Composts contain numerous nutrients that plants need to stay healthy, and you don’t practically need to pay a penny to do it. If you’re not fully knowledgeable in making composts, you can always search online or ask for tips from fellow yard gardeners.
Be kind to lawn pests.
To be honest, not all pests found in the lawn are harmful to your plants. Maybe most of them are, but not all of them. In fact, some of them, like earthworms, are helpful in the sense that they loosen the soil underneath the roots, helping plants to dig deeper into the soil and to absorb as much nutrients in it. To avoid having these pests multiply, avoid using too many fertilizers that promote plant growth as tall grasses and plants never fail to entice these pests.
Water well and water intelligently.
Water in the morning and water deeply, so the roots could be able to absorb it well. When using sprinkler, make sure that a timer is attached to it, especially when you’re out. Mulches increase soil retention, making it a vital addition to your lawn essentials. Make sure that you water well since plants can’t generally live without it.