Lawn Care 2018-03-21T15:01:16+00:00

Lawn Care

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. If your employer has a preference for a conventional lawn, you can show him that there are a lot of healthier practices that result in a beautiful conventional lawn.

Mow Lighter

Bigger machines might be quicker, but lighter mowers cause less compaction and are better for the lawn.

Never mow on wet soil

Never mow after rain or on soft ground. It damages the soil and creates unwanted compaction,

which is difficult to restore.

Aerate the Soil

If your soil is compacted you can aerate in the fall. Aeration improves root growth, drainage and seed-germination.

Keep it Alive

Don’t use pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. They kill the natural organisms that nourish and protect the soil.

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.

Leave The Clippings

Leave clippings, after mowing, on the lawn. The clippings will break down to provide nutrients for the grass.

Clip Small

Don’t cut the grass too deep. Avoid thatch with smaller clippings or mulch clippings

with a mulching blade.

Water Less but Deep

Water less often but longer. Use dripping hoses, not sprayers. The roots will grow deeper and stronger.

Outcompete Weeds

Dig up weeds you really can’t stand. Spray only organic weed killers. Use a little grass to avoid new weeds.

Fix Problems

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

Have Seed

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

Organics kill too

Organic pesticides are still pesticides and are equally toxic for beneficial insects.

Try to avoid them.

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.

Use Nematodes

Nematodes and bacteria are small organism that can kill specific species. They are the safest pest management.

Keep It Natural

A healthy lawn will endure drought, diseases, and pest infestations better than a stressed lawn, and healthy grasses will compete better with undesirable weeds, so the best way to avoid using chemicals is to build up a healthy lawn, naturally.

Tips For Healthier Lawns

  • Nourish the soil. Don’t use pesticides and synthetic fertilizers because they kill the natural bacteria and fungi that nourish your soil and protect you plants.
  • If needed, aerate in the fall. Core and slice aeration of the soil before seeding will improve germination and alleviate compaction.
  • If you have problem areas, test the soil and replace what is missing with organic supplements. 
  • Leave grass clippings on the lawn. The clippings will break down to provide nutrients to the soil.
  • Mow fallen leaves on your lawn. Just like grass clippings they break down and provide the soil with nutrients.
  • If you water too often the roots of the grass will remain shallow and become more vulnerable to drought and drainage issues.
  • Seed in the fall or early spring to outcompete weeds in the growing season.
  • If needed, fertilize with dried compost in fall.
  • Don’t be bothered with some flowers in the lawn. Just dig up or pull the weeds you really can’t stand.
  • Use an organic corn gluten product to prevents weed seeds from germinating on established lawns.
  • Don’t rush, it might take some seasons to cure a sickly area.
  • Fill bare spots with a mixture of compost and grass seed.
  • Mow High. Let grass grow to 4 inches allowing it to shade its roots, conserve moisture and keep out weeds.
  • Keep mower blades sharp so they do not tear the grass, making it vulnerable to disease.
  • Control Pests Without Chemicals. The best pest control are predator bugs and birds. If you encourage a robust insect population in the yard, nature will find a balance and pests will be easier to control.
  • Try to control excessive lawn pests grubs, sod webworms, chinch bugs with applications of beneficial nematodes or spores.