The Grass is always "Greener"…
- COMPOST – Who needs fertilizer!? If you rake half an inch of compost into your lawn each spring and fall you’ll add tons of good bacteria that is essential for growing that plush grass.
- CLIPPINGS GALORE – Leave some of the clippings on the grass. It also is a great fertilizer providing lots of nitrogen.
- FERTILIZING A MUST?! – Choose a low nitrogen water insoluable organic fertilizer with a Nitrogen Phosphorus Potassium ratio of 3:1:2.
- SEEDS OF LIFE – Re-seeding yearly ensures a thick turf and less weeds.
- HIGH TOPS – Cut the grass a little higher. Most mowers have a handy guide to raise the cutting height. The higher the cut, shades its roots
- LESS IS MORE – When’s the best time to water your grass? Once a week for several hours, first thing in the morning. If you’re expecting rain, adjust accordingly.
- WEEDS WEEDS GO AWAY- It’s time to get down and dirty, WEEDS. If you don’t like them, banish them… the old fashion way – dig them out!
- RULES OF THE GREEN THUMB – Often forgotten, but keeping blades sharp prevents torn grass and helps to keep them disease free.
What about those little pests you ask? I get it, little creepy crawlies that put holes in leaves, damage your lawn etc., It doesn’t help to keep the lawn plush and you’re thinking… I kinda need the pesticides. But have you ever noticed they never state “SAFE” on the label? Most commercial pesticides are linked with risks to human health and the environment even well past the 24-hour re-entry recommendation. Kids who love the outdoors are especially at risk as their exposure level is higher, think smaller bodies, high concentration. A study by the National Cancer Institute states that children are increasing their risk of brain and other childhood cancers, as well as 6 times more likely to develop Leukemia when pesticides are used. Sometimes the by-products of pesticides are even more dangerous than the actual pesticide. You’d be surprised that adding more compost might be all your lawn needs. Those beneficial organisms in a light application of compost will out-compete those unwanted visitors. Need a more immediate solution?! A visit to your local lawn & garden center will yield many safe and effective alternatives to pesticides. Remember to treat only the one problem – less is more – instead of the multi-purpose compounds.