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Natural organic lawn care promotes the use of naturally occurring
resources while excluding the use of synthetic fertilizers and
pesticides. The term organic is widely recognized as meaning a naturally occurring material derived from living organisms or their by-products.
Let's get technical because this is important to understand...
Organic compounds are materials that contain carbon and hydrogen. These compounds can be found in nature or synthesized in the laboratory. Composted manure, bone meal, corn gluten meal and fish emulsion are examples of natural organic fertilizers. Synthetic fertilizers such as urea, IBDU and urea formaldehyde are also organic compounds. However, these man-made compounds are called synthetic organic fertilizers.
Natural organic lawn care is a better term to use when referring to lawn maintenance that does not use synthetic products.
Incorporating natural products is an important component of sustainable lawn maintenance and boosts the health and environmental benefits of lawns. The key to growing healthy, environmentally safe lawns is following best management practices: proper mowing, watering, fertilizing, soil enhancement and integrated pest management.
10 organic lawn care tips
revolving around sound maintenance practices. We call it "preventive
health care for lawns". It's the simplest way to grow a lush green
natural lawn without chemicals.
Natural fertilizers add organic matter to the soil and stimulate microbial activity. They are slow release, reducing the chances of salt damage (burn) to grass plants and reducing the chance of nutrients polluting waters by runoff or leaching.
Compost Tea is a liquid extract of compost that contains beneficial soil microbes and nutrients. It is made by placing compost into a permeable bag (tea bag) and soaking it in water for 24 to 48 hours. The solution is then sprayed onto lawns and landscape plants.
There is a lot of debate surrounding the use of compost teas
in organic lawn care and landscaping. Enthusiasts say it is better
than "plain old compost" and claim compost tea will control plant
diseases, improve soils, and eliminate synthetic fertilizer and
pesticide use. On the other hand, the "Garden Professors" from top
research universities question the scientific data and lack of research
backing up these claims.
When it comes to battling pests, there are some cultural and biological
options that can be used. However, your best chemical-free defense
against a pest invasion will always be a vigorous, well-managed lawn.
Here's a sample organic lawn care maintenance calendar to help you plan your safe, chemical-free lawn.
This natural lawn was maintained using good lawn maintenance: proper mowing, watering, fertilizing, aerating and overseeding. The home owners had two large dogs and the yard got a lot of foot traffic, however with good maintenance we were able to grow a very nice lawn.