Friday, June 12, 2009

12 ways to detox your lawn

from the GreenScapes Action Project

1. TOLERATE SOME WEEDS and allow beneficial plants to exist such as clover for its nitrogen-fixing magic.

2. HAND DIGGING WEEDS is the best method of weed control.

3. RESEED BARE SPOTS before weeds fill them in.

4. TEST YOUR SOIL. Purchase a soil test kit, or take one free

5. REMOVE THATCH, the matted layer of clippings and debris on top of the soil, if it is more than 1/2" thick.

6. AERATE THE LAWN to break through the deep thatch and reduce compaction of soil.

7. FERTILIZE NATURALLY. If your soil test results show the need, add organic fertilizers.

8. MOW AT THE PROPER HEIGHT. Keep grass 2 1/2 to 3"


10. WATER MORE DEEPLY & LESS FREQUENTLY. Water only when soil has dried out well into the root zone.

11. CONTROL PESTS NATURALLY. Practicing natural lawn care will create a healthy lawn which is unattractive to pests.

12. ENCOURAGE earthworms and micro-organisms through these organic gardening steps.

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