Lawn care is a regular task that many homeowners handle each summer, but many use chemicals, improper watering, and poor mowing habits. Here are some helpful tips to keep your lawn and yard cared for in an organic manner.
Manage Your Irrigation
The irrigation that you use to water your lawn and landscaping is going to be one of the most important parts of your lawn's health. For your lawn to survive during times of drought and excessive heat, it is going to need the right preparation with good irrigation practice. The more deeply you water your lawn, the deeper its roots are going to grow. And this can mean the difference in your lawn surviving better than lawns with shallow roots.
Water your lawn regularly but less frequently than you may be accustomed to. So instead of irrigating every morning or every other morning, you should switch it to watering every three to four days but for a slightly longer period of time. This allows the water to reach deeper so your lawn's roots will follow suit — making your lawn more resistant to disease, drought, and dying.
Your lawn is going to need some feeding through the year to keep it healthy and growing strong. This not only keeps your lawn protected from damaging pests but will also keep it free from overcrowding due to aggressive weeds.
But the switch to an organic lawn can be difficult when your lawn is accustomed to being fed with fertilizer through the growing season beginning in spring and until fall. However, you can adjust your lawn's needs to organic fertilization by using organic nitrogen fertilizer. This type of fertilizer contains low amounts of nitrogen that are beneficial to your lawn, but because they are organic, they are slowly released into your lawn for prolonged use. This prevents an overload of nitrogen into your soil, where a lot of it gets washed into waterways and canals where it is harmful.
Later, as your lawn has adjusted to this different type of fertilizer, you can add beneficial clover to your lawn's expanse. Seed some clover to your lawn just after you have mowed the lawn when it is its shortest, and it is also helpful if you remove the thatch from your lawn as well just before seeding. These steps will help the clover seeds fall into the soil around your lawn roots where they will sprout and take root. The clover plants will release nitrogen into the soil to directly benefit your lawn without chemicals.
Talk to a landscaper to learn more about organic lawn care.