|Wednesday What's New: Organic Lawn Care|
|Written by Heleigh Bostwick Wednesday, 19 September 2012|
Organic lawn care has been in the news lately. But what does organic lawn care really mean? Eliminating or selectively using chemicals or fertilizers, letting lawns go "au natural", eliminating or significantly reducing the size of the lawn or replacing it with drought tolerant native grass? The answer is all of the above. Some homeowners can tolerate more weeds and a "disheveled appearance" better than others totally abhorring any form of pesticides or chemicals that are not organic or natural. However, when it comes to organic lawn care, "less is more".
Organic lawn care is big business and destined to become even bigger in the coming years despite the fact that organic products tend to cost more according to most sources. There are however, methods that help keep weeds like crabgrass at bay such as letting the grass grow a bit higher than you normally would. And of course, there's the 'pulling them out by hand' technique, probably the easiest method of weed removal, and one that requires nothing but person-power.
Another natural weed killing method, involves the application of corn gluten meal. Corn gluten meal is a pre-emergent herbicide that is used in early spring to prevent crab grass and dandelions from getting started. Liquid kelp and bone meal fertilizer can be used instead of synthetic ones to provide nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.
While it takes time, as long as two to three years, to cultivate an organic lawn, in the end it's well worth the time and money invested.