With Spring around the corner, I wanted to talk briefly about the organic lawn care program that we will start offering this year, and give you some information about organic lawn care in general. Keeping your lawn healthy is so important for several reasons! With today's unpredictable weather patterns, we can combat drought and patchy lawns by keeping our lawn's roots deep and nourished. Through organic lawn care methods, the intention is to feed the soil AS WELL as the roots, creating what we like to call a "living soil". As opposed to conventional synthetic fertilizing methods, which require constant application to boost the quality of your soil (whilst harming the natural organisms of your soil), using organic fertilizers will help the beneficial microorganisms in your soil thrive, creating long term and sustainable health for your lawn. This holistic approach ultimately creates a more complete and diverse soil ecosystem, benefiting your lawn and the surrounding nature immensely.
Our typical lawn care fertilizer program includes a spring application of a granular organic fertilizer (which feeds all year) and an organic pre emergent crabgrass herbicide, and a midsummer application of compost tea (which introduces beneficial organisms, nitrogen, and greens up your lawn). A huge bonus of organic fertilizers is that they nourish rather than harm the soil, which allows your lawn's ecosystem to provide for itself.
In addition to proper fertilization, we recommend proper lawn care practices, which work symbiotically with organic fertilizers to keep your lawn healthy.
The first thing to talk about is aeration. Ideally, aeration should be done in the Spring, to reduce Winter compaction, and in the Fall to help alleviate Summer stress. The aerator machine we use pulls cores of soil from your lawn, which serves several purposes. It alleviates compacted soil, allowing water, nutrients, and air to penetrate the soil and nourish your lawn. It also breaks up thatch and nourishes your lawn with the cores it pulls.
Another part of healthy lawn practices to talk about is overseeding and topdressing. This practice involves spreading a layer of nutrient rich soil throughout your lawn and mixing in new grass seed, to repopulate sparse patches of your lawn. I recommend incorporating a blend of grass seed and clover for the overseeding mix. The clover is a nitrogen fixer, has deep roots, and provides valuable pollen to our bee population. By practicing top dressing and overseeding annually in the early Fall, you can maximize the density and health of your lawn, which will help keep weeds down and lushness up.
The last thing to talk about it lawn maintenance. It is important to keep your lawn trimmed at a length of 3" and to use a mulching mower. Keeping your lawn longer benefits everybody: it allows the grass roots to tap deeper, helping them get ther water they need, and it helps support the world's dwindling bee population by allowing them to collect pollen from small clover flowers. Leaving the mulch provides valuable organic matter which breaks down and nourishes your lawn, as well as keep moisture in.
We also offer aeration, top dressing, overseeding, and lawn care, and are happy to provide a quote that suits your needs.
At Sunny Skies, we are hear to spread sustainable practices and provide services to help the world. Let us know if you would be interested in being a part of our lawn care program and taking the steps to ensure a healthy lawn and healthy planet.