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 the best time to aerate is 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.
Let grass grow up to 4 inches. Longer grass can better shade its roots, conserve moisture and keep out weeds.
Leave The Clippings
Leave grass clippings, after mowing, on the lawn. The clippings will break down to provide nutrients for the grass.
Shred it Small
Don’t cut too much at one time. Avoid thatch with shorter clippings and mulch clippings as small as possible.
Water Less but Deep
Water less often but longer. One inch per week is usually sufficient. The roots will grow deeper and stronger.
Hand dig weeds you really can’t stand. Spray only organic weed killers. Overseed to avoid more weeds.
For big problem areas, test the soil. Wait for the results and replenish the soil with certified organic supplements.
Mixed Grass Seed
Seed in 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 can be 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.
Nematodes and bacteria are small organisms that can kill specific species. They are safe, effective pest management.