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Eco-Friendly Lawn Care Tips for the Organic Soul

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

If your desire to grow a lush and healthy lawn is only second to your commitment to being environmentally conscious, here are some organic lawn care tips that you'll appreciate. From fertilizers to soil balancing agents, these tips are designed to leave the Earth a little bit better than you found it.

Organic lawn care is beginning to catch on across the nation. Harsh and abrasive fertilizers and over watering habits have slowly given way to the use of organic materials and a sense of conservation among homeowners. And this trend couldn't catch on at a better time. We're always struggling to make this land our own without permanently altering its natural beauty and function.
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Designed primarily for cool-season grasses, typically consisting of tall fescues, perennial ryegrasses, and Kentucky bluegrass, these lawn care tips will get the most from your yard without doing damage to the balance of nature.

Organic Lawn Care Tips

  • Testing Soil. Testing the pH of your soil is always a good first step in the process. It allows you to identify deficiencies and plan for the problems that may plague your lawn throughout the year.
  • Cleaning and Aerating. Cleaning your lawn of debris and weed growth will provide a fresh start for seedlings. Use spiked thong sandals to aerate as opposed to the gas-guzzling machines that are typical for this duty. 
  • Organic Herbicide. Apply an herbicide that is made from corn gluten meal. This is currently the only proven pre-emergent organic herbicide on the market. Apply 20 pounds per 1,000 square feet of lawn.
  • Organic Fertilizer. Look for blended organic fertilizers that are made from biodegradable materials. A tip for applying Organic Fertilizer is 20 pounds per 1,000 square feet early to late spring.
  • Periodic Mowing. Keep your lawn at a height of three inches throughout the year. You should only cut it shorter than 3 inches at the conclusion of the growing season.

Follow these tips for a beautiful, natural lawn that will blend into the environment and cut down on excess chemical runoff. You might just start an organic lawn revolution in your neighborhood.

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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