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A Great Lawn, the Organic Way

by Dawn West, All About Lawns Columnist

Organic Lawn

Whether you've got kids and want to make sure your lawn is safe for them, you have environmental concerns about certain chemicals, or you're just looking to skip out on buying manufactured fertilizer, organic fertilizer, organic weed killer, and other organic gardening supplies and techniques are great options. What's more, going organic doesn't have to mean sacrificing the beauty of your lawn.

You may think an organic lawn equals a scraggly lawn. Think again. Manufactured organic gardening supplies are better than ever, and homemade organic lawn treatments have proven themselves again and again.
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Tip #1. Go Back to Basics.

Sometimes old reliables and common sense are a great place to start your organic gardening. Want to get rid of a few weeds in your yard? Dump boiling water on them. Water is as organic as weed killer gets (just don't burn yourself!) Want to fertilize your lawn? There's no organic fertilizer quite like good old cow manure (liquid cow manure which you can buy works best).

Tip #2. Off the Shelf Can Do the Trick.

If you're looking to go organic with your lawn, you may think products you can buy off the shelf at your local garden supply store are off limits. Think again. More and more garden stores now stock organic gardening supplies.

So while mixing up a little vinegar and lemon juice weed killer on your own time can be a fun project, you can pick up some organic weed killer at the store (or online) and save yourself a little time.

Tip #3. Watch Your Tab.

Organic fertilizers, organic weed killers, and other organic gardening supplies can be expensive. Take organic fertilizers -- pound for pound they just don't have the same density of nutrients synthetic fertilizers do.

You can run your bill up on just the extra volume of organic fertilizer you have to buy. If price is a factor, homemade options can help keep organic affordable (household ammonia, for instance, can give your lawn a nice nitrogen punch and save you a bundle).

About the Author
Dawn West B.A. holds a B.A. in English from Harvard University and teaches writing at Oregon State University.

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