Organic Lawn Care

Lawn care can be a time laborious task which requires several stages of preparation.

Keeping your lawn looking fresh, vibrant and tidy without any weeds requires a systematic approach based over a period of time and one that implements a range of organic lawn care or synthetic treatments and processes in order to bring it back to full potential, or keep it looking fresh and spectacular.

Many lawn owners will often opt immediately for the so called off the shelf solutions, known as “weed and feed”, however, by engaging in this method you will be doing more harm than good.

Within the soil on your lawn are billions of microorganisms, microfauna that help provide essential nutrients to make your grass vibrant and healthy. However, if we leave nature to do what its good at we potentially end up with a lawn full of weeds.

Weeds are not bad!

Unfortunately, over many decades, we have been taught that weeds are bad, when in fact over the years we’ve become to understand that they are the opposite.

Weeds are messengers and delivery guys. When we see weeds appear, it’s because there’s a problem with the soil. Deficiencies in nutrients within the soil cause weeds to present themselves. Think of them as aid workers coming to assist in times of need.

Weeds on your lawn suggest that the soil is deficient in vital nutrients, such as Nitrogen (N), Phosphorous (P), and Potassium (K). In order to provide a healthy balance of nutrients for your lawn we must have these elements present within the soil and microorganisms do this very well by breaking down organic matter.

For example, when we see dandelions pop up, not only are they the first wildflower species for bees to feed upon they are good for your lawn. Their wide-spreading roots loosen hard-packed soil, aerate the earth and help reduce erosion. The deep taproot pulls nutrients such as calcium from deep in the soil and makes them available to other plants

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So why would we get rid of weeds if they’re so good to the soil and our lawns?

Modern society strives for perfection, we are becoming ever more obsessed with how things look, rather than their functional benefits. By continuing along this path of nonesensical belief, we will inevitably be responsible for wide spread devastation to nature, the climate and ourselves.

Having dandelions on our lawn has led us to believe they resemble an unhealthy appearance thanks to marketing companies employed by the chemical industry. Chemical companies that produce synthetic lawn care products belong to a multi-billion pound industry.

It is therefore in their interest to lead you into a false sense of idealism.

However, we cannot change decades of indoctrination overnight and for the majority, their belief that their lawn must be weed, thatch and moss free, is the perfect lawn. Creating an organic lawn using organic lawn care methods has far greater benefits, is kinder to the environment and promotes better more productive lawns.

We’re killing millions of living organisms by killing one soil super hero dandelion.

When we douse a dandelion in toxic synthetic chemicals to kill it, we affectively kill billions of microscopic organisms in the soil, all of which are working overtime to keep your soil healthy. Its a bit of an oxymoron.

Why kill the very organisms that protect our soil? “The pretty bright coloured bottle told me to do it, everyone does it!” (sheep immediately comes to mind, with respect!)

Unfortunately, we lead ourselves back into a sheep pen, listening to so called expertly trained state educated professionals who know how to arrive at the desired finished product (a clean weed free lawn) but fail to understand or have been taught microbiology or soil biology. It would seem then in these instances that the gardening fraternity, and the likes of the BBC, are proud to admit that synthetic herbicides, pesticides, fertilisers and weedicides are the answers to keeping your lawn healthy. Pah, nonesense!

There is nothing less healthier for the natural microfauna than to be dousing a lawn in synthetic, carcinogenic chemicals. Killing off valuable assistants, billions of them, an army if you will of soldiers and in the process you make your garden one of the prettiest looking toxic wastelands causing harm to wildlife, pets and even children.

Perpetual Cycle of Doom

The moment you remove a dandelion from the lawn you remove its ability to extract the valuable nutrients from deep within the soil, which is counterintuitive to organic lawn care.

The moment you use a synthetic lawn weed and feed you kill off the microfauna in the soil.

When you do this, you start a chain reaction and a perpetual cycle ensues. You have now succumbed and boarded the consumer train of synthetic chemical marketing, because now, in order to maintain your prestigious looking grass that’s been artificially fed, you must maintain that endless regime of artifical feeding. A never ending cycle of doom, you’re trapped. Unless of course you let nature take over.

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How Do We Let Nature Do Its Job?

There are many ways to naturally feed your lawn. Remember though, weeds are your friends, not the enemy, so in order to truly have an organic lawn you will need to put up with those little helpers and make some psychological changes within the mind. Changing the belief that synthetic chemicals sold in pretty bright bottles are in fact the enemy, and weeds are your savior?

Some of the natural ways in which you can provide nutrients into the soil are,

Humus or compost (green matter) which already exist in most lawns but instead people rake this off. Instead, leave it to breakdown into the soil to feed the microfauna.

Blood, fish and bone which can be obtained from charing the bones of chicken.

Hoof and horn, another organic based high nutrient biproduct.

Manure particularly chicken manure or use deer manure is especially high in nutrients. Wherever you put this Worms will come in their thousands.

Seaweed; liquid or solid is incredibly effective and contains an abundance of highly effective nutrients. Click here

Top Dressing can sometimes be a mix of fine compost packed with nutrients and spread over the lawn to feed the soil and the grass

Mulch Mowing is ideally carried out during the winter months after the last leaves have fallen. The mulch mower shreds the leaves and fallen organic debris into tiny pieces which provides food for the microorganisms.

The key here is to provide a balance. And ensure all the correct nutrients are provided to the soil naturally, the result is that you have beautiful turf, less, if any, weeds and a very healthy and active biosystem under the lawn working away in your favour.

Lawns typically work well with an NPK ratio of 6-10-8 (6% Nitrogen, 10% Phosphorus, 8% Potassium)

Common additional garden law nutrients include:

Calcium – helps strengthen the plant’s cell structure while reducing soil acidity.

Magnesium – stimulates growth and boosts chlorophyll development.

Sulfur – suitable for enzyme development, making the grass more resistant to the cold.

Lawn Maintenance

Maintaining a lawn can be a bit of a science in order to have it looking good enough for a professional photoshoot.

However, with a little trial and error and some basic tasks carried out at certain times of the year it can become a doddle using organic lawn care alternatives.

Scarify the lawn in autumn or spring to remove the thatch and dead grass. This will allows light and air to reach the soil but also minimise disease or other problem areas.

Aerate the lawn during the growing season, so that the soil has a chance to regrow and reform the soil. Aeration provides drainage and oxygen to reach deep into the soil promoting microbial activity.

Feed the lawn organic fertiliser after aerating, so the nutrients can reach the roots of the grass.

Organic gardening isn’t for everyone because achieving the same, or similar results using synthetic harsh chemicals can take a while longer and in some cases, especially tradesmen, professional gardeners and so forth don’t have the time, or are able to charge higher rates to keep returning to ensure the process is successful.

However, the rewards are priceless when organic lawn care begins to show you the positive results it produces for your garden as a whole, having achieved similar or same results as using synthetic materials but knowing you’ve contributed to a sustainable lawn, protected the environment and likely to have saved a number of pets, and an army of wildlife, may just put a smile, or a smug look upon on your face.

Organic gardening is sustainable, it protects our planet from the increasing damage we are doing, which is more often than not led by consumerism and aggressive marketing, media and TV ads as well as misinformation.

If we don’t regain self control and allow ourselves to stop and question these destructive methods, or change the way we think by thinking independently, the path we’re on will end in unpleasantness.

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