Traditional lawn care methods rely on products, which while effective, contain active ingredients that aren’t always best for nature. The very chemicals and additives that help your grass can actually damage soil, pollute water, and pose health risks for both animals and humans.
But people still want green lawns.
This has led to a significant increase in organic lawn care. Troy Carson, senior research agronomist at The Toro Company, recently shared tips on organic lawn care.
Here’s a summary of what he had to say…
What Your Organic Turf Needs
An organically treated lawn needs the same things any other lawn needs: water, light, oxygen, and nutrients. The key is to nurture the lawn naturally while avoiding the use of inorganic chemicals.
Aerification is a process that creates openings in the soil, rows of little holes that promote an increase in air exchange, as well as water absorption. This also prevents water runoff.
Additionally, aerification pulls up pieces of soil to the lawn’s surface, which then mix with dead and dying plant material there. Together, they go back into the earth, reducing thatch build-up.
While aerification is beneficial, it can potentially create spots for weeds to grow. It’s best to avoid aerification during the times when weeds are germinating in your area.
All plants require nutrition to grow. While organic lawns avoid synthetic, chemical fertilizers, fertilization is still needed. In recent years, the variety of organic fertilizers on the market has grown significantly. Finding an option for your lawn is simple.
You just need to know what your lawn needs. A landscape contractor can take a sample of your soil to see what it has and what it’s lacking and go from there.
Dethatching (the process of removing dead grass, roots, and debris from your soil’s surface) is a necessary part of turf care. However, with proper landscaping, you won’t need to do it too often.
Over fertilization is often a cause of excess thatch. With the minimal use of organic fertilizer, this is avoided. Frequent mowing can reduce the presence of thatch as well.
When you’re ready to dethatch, it’s important to wait for a time when the grass is healthy and weeds aren’t spreading.
One topic the article surprisingly skips over is water conservation. If the purpose of organic lawn care is to achieve a green lawn without hurting the environment, then water conservation is paramount.
Without proper amounts of water, a lawn will turn brown and eventually die. To achieve that picturesque green lawn, additional water is almost always needed. However, water waste (and even water shortages) are a major problem in the US.
The IrriGreen Genius Sprinkler System solves this problem by achieving green lawns with 40% less water than the other sprinklers on the market. This patented, scientifically tested irrigation system is the biggest innovation in sprinklers in 40 years.
If you want a proper organic lawn, you need to save water, and IrriGreen will help you do that better than any product out there. Ask your landscaping contractor today about getting IrriGreen installed in your lawn.