Healthy Lawns 2018-03-18T21:17:09+00:00

Healthy Lawns

Turf grasses are typically exotic monocultures, in other words, they consist of a single species, a species often not native to the area where they are planted. The widespread use of turf grasses has lead to a number of environmental concerns. Before investing in turfgrass, consider alternatives, like native grasses, clovers, native plantings or a meadow. But if you like to have a lawn, here are some tips to create a healthy, more sustainable lawn

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.

Mow High

Let grass grow up to 4 inches. Longer grass can better shade its roots, conserve moisture and keep out weeds.

Outcompete 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.

Have Seed

Seed early fall or spring with a mix of grasses. Restore bare spots with a combination of seed and composted soil.

Fix Problems

For big problem areas, test the soil. Wait for the results and replace what is missing with certified organic supplements.