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Organic Lawns: Six Steps for Green Lawn Care

by Shannon Lee, All About Lawns Columnist

Everyone loves a green lawn, but that beauty can come at a steep environmental price. If you are concerned about the chemicals used in modern lawn care, consider going green. Organic lawns are easy to maintain, healthier for your family, and much kinder to Mother Nature.

How would you like to improve your lawn?
  • Make it greener
  • Eliminate patches
  • Less weeds
  • Make it thicker
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Organic Lawns: How to Go Green

When you're ready to make the switch from harmful chemicals to natural solutions, try these green lawn maintenance tips:

  • Work from the ground up. Start by testing your soil. If the pH is below 6.0, add lime. If it is over 7.0, add gardener's sulfur.
  • Cut it tall. The longer your grass, the better its roots are protected. Preserve the health of your green lawn by cutting it to around 3 inches tall.
  • Watch the water. Most healthy lawns need about an inch of water per week. Water in the early morning hours or at night, when the roots have plenty of time to soak up the water and none is lost to evaporation.
  • Leave the clippings. Grass clippings dry out quickly and return to the soil as natural fertilizer. They disappear easily into the remaining grass and contrary to popular belief, they do not cause thatch buildup!
  • Compost like crazy! Use kitchen scraps, leaves, and other organic material to build up good compost. Use it as a topdressing for your lawn every few months.
  • Lower your mower's footprint. Instead of using a gasoline-powered or electric mower, lower the carbon footprint by opting for a reel push mower. These whisper-quiet mowers with ultra-sharp blades cut just as easily as mechanical mowers. They are also lightweight, durable, and inexpensive.

These green lawn maintenance tips are a good start to the perfect organic lawn!

About the Author

Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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