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Organic Spring Lawn Care

by Jeffrey Anderson, All About Lawns Columnist

The word "organic" has come into vogue in recent years, and for good reason. While there are many descriptions for what makes something organic, all agree that the item must be produced without the use of potentially harmful chemicals. Some chemicals harm the environment when used excessively, and also can harm children and pets.

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Organic Spring Lawn Care

Many common pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers for residential lawns have warning labels concerning their usage around children and pets. Consider making your lawn organic this year, and you won't have to fret over those sinister warnings.

Most lawn and garden retailers sell organic herbicides and fertilizers these days. If you are unsure about whether a product is considered organic, take a quick look at the ingredients or warnings listed on the back of the container, or ask a salesperson. In the spring, after your ground has thawed and the daffodils are blooming, you are ready to get started on organic spring lawn care:

  • Clean your lawn of winter debris
  • Aerate the lawn with an aerator or spiked clogs
  • Spread an organic herbicide--corn gluten meal as a component works well
  • Apply organic fertilizer approximately three weeks later

Do a thorough aeration to allow oxygen into the soil, and to help the herbicide and fertilizer reach the root systems. Spreading a very thin layer of compost over the lawn is helpful to the root systems, too. The compost should be no more than 1/3-inch deep. Use a broom or leaf rake to distribute it off of the grass blades and into the soil.

Next summer, when you are watching your children and pets frolic in the yard, you can appreciate having decided on organic spring lawn care for your New Year's Resolution.

About the Author

Jeffrey Anderson has a Degree in English from V.M.I. and served as an officer in the Marine Corps. He worked in Residential and Commercial construction management for 25 years before retiring to write full time.

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