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5 Top Organic Grass Strategies: Eco-conscious Management and Maintenance

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

As the "green" trend becomes increasingly popular, perhaps you're trying to decide how to manage your grass. Is it worth the effort to grow organic? And just what constitutes organic management practices? Here are five simple changes you can make for your lawn and your peace of mind.

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1. Start Out Right by Choosing the Right Grass
It's this simple: know your region and know your climate. Choose grasses that match both area features. And if you don't know, ask an expert at a local gardening center. They could save you hours of work and hundreds of dollars right from the start.

2. Conquer Water Restrictions by Irrigating Smartly
Water in the morning when the temperatures are low and the ground is already moist. Water deeply and infrequently, using an automatic timer to keep track of irrigation sequences. Look for natural water sources whenever possible.

3. Mow Your Grass Sensibly
According to Safelawns.org, we have 50 million acres of lawns nationwide. Excessive mowing contributes to 10 percent of the nation's air pollution in the summer. Set your lawn mower to a high cutting level to avoid weekly mowing.

4. Learn How to Make and Use Compost
Using compost instead of store-bought fertilizers accomplishes two goals. First, it reduces your home's trash output. Second, it provides natural nutrients that are more beneficial to your lawn and garden than synthetic formulas.

5. Aerate to Repair Extensive Damage
Rather than turning to expensive and caustic weed-and-feed type products, simple aeration will cure many of your lawn's ills. To go really green, use sandal aerators instead of gas-powered models.

Remember that your grass will not show immediate improvement. Organic techniques are designed for the long haul rather than instant results. However, your patience will be rewarded with a healthier lawn and cleaner conscience.

About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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