Lawn Care - Organically
Some people care for their lawns organically. They do not use chemicals to
treat their lawn for weeds, insects or fertilizing. Rather, they use natural,
organic fertilizers, and employ techniques that minimize insect and weed
problems, without the use of environmentally armful chemicals..
Did you know? Lawns treated with organic fertilizer stays green, but
do not grow as fast. This means a green, healthy lawn, but less mowing...hmmmm.
Organic lawn care is environmentally friendly. Chemical lawn care, especially
insecticides and weed killers, are harmful to the environment, animals,
earthworms, pets, you, and your kids. When people think about the risk to
their kids, they often reconsider the use of chemicals in lawn treatment.
Organic chemicals are kind to earthworms. Earthworms are a lawns' friend.
They naturally help to aerate the soil and eat thatch, converting it to valuable
manure to help replenish the soil. Earthworms are real workhorses in lawns
Organic Lawn fertilizers include fish emulsions, seaweed emulsions,
dried cow and poultry manure, and bloodmeal. Most garden stores carry organic
fertilizers for lawns and gardens.
Organic fertilizers contain less concentrated nitrogen, so you are less likely
to burn your lawn. Because they are less concentrated, you should use organic
fertilizers a couple of times a year.
The only real disadvantage to organic fertilizers is it costs more. To many
people, the additional cost is very acceptable for a healthier climate.
Organic weed control is a function of the health of your lawn and
how long it is. A healthy lawn is thick, and leaves little room for weeds
to grow. The few that do, can often be controlled or eliminated by hand weeding.
This is especially true of dandelions.
Did you Know? Dandelions are weeds in the lawn. They are a salad green
to the home gardener. It is also used to make Dandelion Wine.
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Organic Insect Control is more problematic. A healthy lawn has few
insect problems. Remember, some insects are harmful, while others are beneficial.
One way to control insects, is to promote beneficial insects which prey on
other insects. A good example of this is Preying Mantis. You can actually
buy Preying Mantis and other beneficial insects from garden supply stores.
You should also make sure your lawn is clean of debris where insects can
make their home. This includes flower beds and border areas. Eliminating
their homes, serves them an eviction notice.
More on Organic Insect