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Make Your Lawn "Greener" with Organic or Native Grass Seed

by Marcia Passos Duffy, All About Lawns Columnist

If you want a completely organic lawn, you can over-seed--or even replace your lawn, if necessary--with organic or native grass seed.

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Native Grass Seed

Native grasses are indigenous to a particular region's soil conditions and rainfall, which makes this type of grass seed more naturally resistant to diseases and pests. Native grasses need less water than non-native grasses such as Kentucky bluegrass, which is originally from Europe, or St. Augustine grass, originally from Africa. Look for species that are native to your region for best results. For more information on planting a native grass lawn, visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas Web site.

Organic Grass Seed

The first company in the U.S. to offer USDA-certified organic lawn seed is DLF Organic. It creates a variety of sun-, shade-, and nitrogen-powering micro-clover grass seed. The company grows the seed without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides.

DLF Organic, which originally made its mark in the organic seed world by creating forages for organic dairy and meat farmers, created this grass seed to meet the rising demand for organic lawns. Expect to pay a premium for organic grass seed: About 30 percent more.

Look into your local options for native and organic grass seed for your yard. You can feel good knowing that you are helping yourself and the environment by choosing these eco-friendly plant products to have near your home and family.

About the Author
Marcia Passos Duffy is a seasoned freelance writer specializing in small business, gardening, farming, personal finance, B2B, food, travel and other topics. She is widely published online an in print; her credits include Yahoo Finance, CNBC, Fox Business, AAA Home & Away Magazine, Smart Busines Magazine, among others. She is a member of the Garden Writers Association.

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