Organic Lawn Care Tips: Weed And Pest Removal Advice

Learn how using organic ferilizers can be a safe and effective way to promoting a healthy lawn.

Organic lawn and garden care is a safe effective way to growing a healthy green lawn where your kids and pets can play safe without the threat of chemical fertilizers.

What are Organic fertilizers?

Organic fertilizers are natural compounds that must contain carbon. Natural organics are products such as dried blood, manure, bone meal, sludge, or other plant or animal products. These products contain 3 percent to 10 percent of nitrogen, which is essential for a healthy lawn. There are also synthetic organics, but they are generally more expensive.

What are the benefits to using organics?

Benefits to using organic fertilizers are that they slowly release nutrients to the plants over time due to breakdown by soil microorganisms. The slow release of natural organics is less apt to burn turf grass or leach from the soils than are water-soluble fertilizers. Organic matter helps the soil hold air and water and prevents diseases. The only draw back to using organic fertilizers is that they are dependent on microbial activity; soil temperature and pH can play a large role in healthy plant uptake. Plants may respond less when using organics in cool climates. They are also low-analysis fertilizers, and lawns and plants require large quantities. Storage space, odor or appearance may be a problem.



Weed Control

The best way to stop production of weeds is to maintain a healthy, vigorous turf. The best way to accomplish this is to fertilize, mow and have good irrigation. Sprinkle lawn seed on your lawn every fall and spring to help promoted new grass growth so weeds have no room to grow. Using corn gluten meal, which is a substance found in dog food and cooking oil, is a natural way to control weeds and disease.

Bug control

Simply mixing dishwater soap with water and spraying on the plants is a safe and natural way to take care of many kinds of bugs. Mixing 3 tbsp with 1 gallon of water and spraying on the grass may help eliminate any fungus problem. Soaking cigarette butts in a jar of water and using the mixture to spray on plants can kill almost any kind of insect. However, using too much of the nicotine matter can be harmful to birds and other animals.

Tips on promoting healthy lawn growth

Water your grass with at least 1 inch of water, once a week. Watering your grass more deeply and less often encourage healthy roots.

Raise the lawn mower blade to high before cutting. The length of the long blades of grass shadows the soil to stop it from drying out. Leave the grass clippings on the lawn, unless the blades are too long. This will also help to keep moisture in and helps reduce fertilization needs.

Aeration of your lawn every spring, will allow water, air and nutrients into the soil to prevent the soil from compacting. As I mentioned previously, over seeding your lawn every spring and summer will fill in bare spots and prevent weeds from growing. Check soil pH once every 4 years. The testing is inexpensive and may be worthwhile. If the soil is too alkaline, sulphur is usually recommended.

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