Natural Lawn Care Tips

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There has never been a better time to go "green." With talk of global warming and saving our planet, everyone seems to be geared up to do what they can to provide a natural, green environment and to make green choices. These choices involve smart decisions that will help improve the planet over time. Natural lawn care means caring for your lawn without spraying harmful pesticides and herbicides.

Improve the Soil

You may be working too hard to make grass grow in soil that does not have the proper pH. Purchase a kit at your local home improvement store, or call your county's cooperative extension office. They may provide a pH kit for free. Test the levels in your soil. The proper pH for grass is between 6.0 and 6.5. If the levels are too high, add a little bit of lime into the soil. If your soil pH is too low, try adding a nitrate fertilizer such as a manure compost.

Grass Length

Grass that is too short needs much more maintenance than longer grass. Raise your mower blades to 2 1/2 inches in the south and 3 1/2 in the northern states. Higher grass can look fuller and greener, and you will not have to work as hard on the problem areas. The extra green can provide excellent nutrition to the root system and will actually require less mowing. If you want to keep your grass very short, you will be mowing nearly every day. Longer lengths can go as long as a week between cuttings.

Mulch

After you have mowed your lawn, leave the grass clippings to decompose. The clippings provide needed nutrients that control pests such as weeds and earthworms, and will prevent you from having to use as much fertilizer. The clippings are rich in nitrates, which are a component of fertilizer.

Watering

Water your grass in the early morning so that less water will evaporate due to the heat of the day. Water your lawn with at least an inch of water per session. Measure the water by placing a measuring cup next to your sprinkler, and do not over-water. Allow the soil to completely dry before you water again. This may take several days.

Weeds

Don't stress over the weeds. Some weeds, such as clover, provide excellent nutrition for earthworms and other insects that can help your lawn. A lawn that is completely weed-free is almost impossible, and you will drive yourself crazy trying to keep all of the weeds out. Allow some weeds, especially clover, to invade your lawn. Clover adds nitrates into the soil and can actually feed your existing grass.

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Melody Dawn has been writing since 2004. Her work has appeared in the "Gainesville Times," "Player's Press" and USA Today. Her writing focuses on gardening, home improvement, travel, sports, business, parenting and education. Dawn holds a Master of Business and is working on a Master of Journalism.

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