Organic lawn care is safe for your family and the environment if you have a good lawn maintenance plan and are willing to do minimal work. Your soil is the foundation of organic lawn care and organic gardening. It is important to determine the type of soil under your grass before you start planning your lawn.
The soil test can be done by your county extension agent, or lawn care professionals from West Coast Lawns to determine if the soil is sand- or clay-based, nutrient rich, nitrogen poor, acidic, or alkaline. You can then decide how to amend it or choose the right seed for you. The rule of thumb for organic lawn care is to feed the soil more than fertilize it.
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A well-nutrient rich soil retains moisture and attracts beneficial insects. It also provides a healthy environment for microorganisms to fight disease, repel pests, and help maintain a green lawn. Good top soil can provide six to ten inches worth of green for your lawn. With just a few strokes of its blades, a mulching mower solves two problems with organic lawn care.
First, mowing should be done at a very high clip (2 1/2-3 inches), unless you are doing your last fall mowing. The mulching mower's fine mulch and short grass clippings will get in between the grass blades. They will quickly decay and add nitrogen to the soil.
Composting grass clippings to your lawn can dramatically reduce your fertilization requirements, as grass is extremely efficient at using nitrogen. Your lawn can be healthy with just grass clippings. It can add up to two pounds to the average of two to six pounds per 1,000 square feet. In dry seasons, a good organic lawn care tip is to water your lawn only occasionally and not as deeply.