Eco Friendly Lawn Care
Keeping a lawn healthy naturally is increasingly important to many homeowners. Families with children or pets are especially concerned about the dangers of chemical fertilizers and pest control methods. For anyone who enjoys getting out into their yard over the warm summer months, maintaining an organic lawn is the safest and smartest way to go. Here are some environmentally friendly tips on how to do so:
- Mulch your grass when cutting rather than bagging and removing the clippings. Mulching lets the nutrients get reabsorbed, adding back valuable sustenance for your grass, and leaving the clippings in place helps your lawn retain moisture.
- Make sure you aerate your lawn regularly to allow both water and nutrients reach the roots, which is vital to the health of the grass. Depending on the size of your yard, you can do this by foot or with an pull-behind attachment when you mow.
- If you have a problem with dandelions and other weeds invading your turf, make your own natural weed-killer. One safe and effective solution is the acetic acid found in vinegar. Mixing up a teaspoon of liquid dish detergent with one cup of white vinegar gives you a spray that adheres to the unwanted plant, burning the foliage. Vinegar also raises the soil's PH, which helps stop regrowth.
- Opt for natural pest control for your lawn. There are a number of mixtures you can easily create in your own kitchen that will repel pests in your grass. One is a simple combination of canola oil and a tablespoon of dish liquid. Water containing crushed garlic and hot peppers is also effective – just let the liquid steep for at least a full day before spraying on your lawn.
- Feed your lawn with natural, eco-friendly products that won't harm your family or pets. Grower's Secret offers an all-natural product, Grower's Secret 521, that provides all the necessary nutrients your lawn needs for health and vitality. The organic fish emulsion combined with lavender oil gives plants a source of water-soluble nitrogen that smells wonderful too, and it's easily applied using the sprayer on your garden hose.
photo by Robert S. Donovan