Organic Yard Care Tips
Your yard, especially the front one, is the first thing that people see when they visit your home. A well-maintained, green and healthy lawn not only makes a home more inviting, but also significantly increases its resale value. The good news is that it is possible to have a beautiful and healthy yard all year round without depending on chemicals.
Here are 5 organic techniques brought to you by lawn care and equipment experts Yard Care Gurus that you can help you achieve this goal:
Test The Soil’s pH
Before doing anything else, you need to do a soil test to know the pH of the soil in your yard. You can either buy a pH tester and do the testing yourself, or have the soil tested professionally. Once the results are out, you’ll know exactly, which organic fertilizers to add to your lawn to improve its condition.
Generally, lawns grow best in a slightly acidic soil i.e. 6.5-7.0. Therefore, if your soil is too acidic, consider sprinkling some lime. If it is alkaline, you need to add some sulfur to it. Lawns also grow best in loamy soils, which have a mixture of sand, silt and clay. Too much clay in the mix can compact the soil preventing nutrient and air flow. For best results, you should consider renting an aerator to create air spaces in heavy or compacted soil. Similarly, you can hire a professional lawn service in your area to do the job for you.
After using the soil aerator, consider adding organic matter like grass clippings and compost to make the soil lighter. Organic materials also help to preserve moisture, minimize weeding and enhance soil fertility. You can use the waste you collect from your yard to make compost and add to the soil. This strategy will not just save you time in disposing your yard debris, but also the money you would have spent in purchasing and transporting soil amendments.
Plant Native Grasses
Many grasses may look similar, but in reality, they are very different in terms of the climate they prefer to grow in. They require different amounts of soil nutrients, water and the sun to grow properly. Planting grasses that are best suited to where you live is vital because once they are established, they’ll need less maintenance than new varieties – less mulching, watering, mowing and protection from frost etc. If you have no idea about grasses that are native to your area, it doesn’t hurt to ask your local garden center for recommendations.
Water Well, But Only When Needed
Thorough watering encourages your lawn to develop strong and deep root systems that are more drought resistant and hardier. Therefore, it is much better to water your lawn once every week for an hour instead of doing so daily for 15 minutes or less. The best time to water is very early in the morning as less water is likely to be lost via evaporation. As a rule of thumb, you should let the grass in your yard dry out before re-watering.
On the same note, if you live in a dry area, consider growing drought resistant grasses, which are suitable to the environment where you live. Such grasses store water longer, and once they are established, you’ll only need to water them during extended dry seasons.
Manage Pests Naturally
The best way you can fight against diseases and insects is by maintaining a healthy lawn. Choose native grasses with high resistance to pests and then care for them properly.
Regular check-up on your plants and grasses in your yard throughout the year is necessary, to help you know their health. In case, they’ve just been infested by some insects, it will be easier to control them as opposed to the damage they will have caused some weeks later.
Opt for eco-friendly control methods, instead of pesticides. You can do this by using your hands to remove the parts that are infested. In case additional control is needed, consider barriers, traps, or natural pest-control products.
Mow Your Lawn Often But Not Too Short
If you thought you’re doing your lawn a favor by giving it a “marine cut,” then think again. That’s because doing so exposes the surface roots, making the soil dry faster. Therefore, as a rule of thumb, do not mow more than one third of your grass at any given time. Most lawns remain healthiest when kept between 2.5-3.5 inches tall.
Implement the above organic care and maintenance tips to help you achieve a beautiful, green and healthy lawn all year round.
About the Author
Kaitlin Gardner currently lives in Pennsylvania and is married to her best friend. In her spare time, she loves to go hiking , hand with her family and friend and enjoy nature.