Organic Lawn Care Products- Get the killer lawn that makes your neighbors jealous!

Spring is here, it is that time again. You dread the chore and challenges that come with getting that lush green lawn. Moreover, after all that hard work and effort your lawn still looks like a patchy, brown, weed infested mess. Well, say no more, finally there is a proven formula to get the results you desire. Let us start without further ado.

Is Organic fertilizer better for your lawn?

Organic fertilizer is more environmentally friendly, cleaner, safer and your lawn will also look fantastic. I decided to do my own lawn care and use chemical free, organic fertilizers and biological pest and disease control. Here are five easy steps to get your lawn looking like a golf course lawn by the start of summer, it works for me, so it will work for you. I personally use Espoma Organic Weed and Feed 9-0-0 Lawn Fertilizer. I also use Espoma Organic Fertilizer for my citrus trees, rose garden, flower bushes and berry bushes. The results are amazing.

How to transition to Organic lawn care

1. Begin with a soil test.

The first step in any organic lawn care program is to start with a soil test. This will tell you which minerals and soil nutrients are lacking, and which you will need to add to your lawn care program. Soil with a calcium deficiency, for example, can be supplemented with gypsum. Soil with a low PH (acidic) can be amended with lime to make it more alkaline. Conversely, alkaline soil can be amended with sulfur to make it more acidic (lower the PH.)

Start by digging up some samples from several different areas of your lawn (4-5 cups of total soil) and send them to a lab to be analyzed. Contact your local County Extension Service. For a fee they will test your soil and send you the results within a short time.

When the results from the soil test are back, you will know which amendments your soil needs. You will need to prepare the lawn before applying the supplemental minerals first. Mow the grass down to about 2.5-3 inches. Pull up most of the weeds and remove the “thatch” or dead grass and roots that accumulate on the surface. Aerate the soil, if possible. Aeration will allow your soil to fully absorb the minerals (amendments) you add. Search online where to rent or buy an aerator machine. The cost is well worth it.

2. Begin the compost application.

In addition to the soil test results, it is a good idea to spread an inch of compost on the lawn. Compost adds essential organic matter to the soil. In addition, compost improves soil structure, especially in clay or sand-heavy soil. Compost is full of beneficial organisms, including bacteria, algae, fungi, and nematodes. These are crucial for a healthy and great looking lawn.

Compost that is made up of decomposed organic plant material is best. This is like the organic waste you find on the ground of forests, preserves and large homesteads. You will find it at nurseries or collect your own yard waste. You may also contact your local County to see if they have composting programs, where you can buy compost bins.

3. Use Organic Lawn Fertilizer.

As I mentioned at the beginning, organic lawn fertilizers are a very effective way to give your lawn a crucial boost during the spring and summer season. Available at most garden centers, the best organic lawn fertilizers contain natural ingredients. Poultry manure is best, hence it contains feather meal for nitrogen (N), bone meal for phosphorous (P), and Potash for Potassium (K.) Look for the NPK value of at least 6-0-5.

Conventional fertilizers deliver a heavy, instant dose of synthetic nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. That can burn the grass and degrade the soil. It is recommended that nutrients and minerals are released into the soil more slowly, over months and even years. Organic compost and fertilizers achieve such a slow enrichment of the soil.

4. Seed a grass that is naturally greener.

Another method to making your grass look great, is by overseeding it, or completely replacing it, with native or organic grass seed. Most lawn care companies offer the basic three seed mixes- one for sun, one for shade, and one that is mixed with nitrogen providing clover.

Another option is using native grass seeds. Since these seeds are used to growing in their regional soil conditions and average rain fall, they require less water and fertilizer. In addition to, they are more disease-resistant than non-natives, such as Kentucky bluegrass (from Europe) and St. Augustine grass (from Africa).

5. Pulling out weeds and controlling pests.

Finally, making the transition to an organic lawn care program will involve dealing with weeds and pests. The first year is very crucial since the soil and grass will acquire natural resistance to weeds and pests.

A great method in preventing weeds is to spread corn gluten meal, an organic weed preventative, on your lawn in the spring. Be careful not to use it when you are seeding, since it may prevent the germination of the grass seeds. Corn gluten meal works about 75 percent as well as chemical herbicides, yet it can significantly reduce weed infestations. The remaining weeds can be pulled out by hand, depending on the size of your yard. Otherwise, you can use sprays containing citrus oil, which dehydrates weeds down to the roots, or by applying a water/vinegar solution.

Additionally, weeds can also be helpful indicators of specific problems with your soil. They can point to soil compaction, since they usually appears in highly trafficked areas, such as concrete driveway seams or walkway borders. Rather than spraying the weeds with toxic pesticides, get to the root of the problem by soil analysis and management.

In conclusion, be patient, steadfast, and persistent when applying these methods. The visual results will appear slowly, however within a season or less you will have a beautiful, lush, and very green lawn.

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