Keep it Alive
Don’t use pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. They kill the natural organisms that nourish and protect the soil.
Aerate the Soil
If your soil is compacted you can aerate in the fall. Aeration improves root growth, drainage and seed-germination.
Leave The Clippings
Leave clippings, after mowing, on the lawn. The clippings will break down to provide nutrients for the grass.
Mow The Leaves
Mow the leaves on the lawn. The leaf mulch will decompose and break down to protect and nurture the soil.
Let grass grow up to 4 inches. Longer grass can better shade its roots, conserve moisture and keep out weeds.
Dig up weeds you really can’t stand. Try to avoid weed killers. Use a little grass to outcompete new weeds.
Fight Bugs with Bugs
Encourage a robust insect and wildlife population in your yard. A natural balance is the best means to avoid garden pests.
Water Less but Deep
Water less often but longer. Use dripping hoses, not sprayers. The roots will grow deeper and stronger.
Seed early fall or spring with a mix of grasses. Restore bare spots with a combination of seed and composted soil.
For big problem areas, test the soil. Wait for the results and replace what is missing with certified organic supplements.