You don’t have to use harsh chemicals to keep your lawn looking lush and green. Natural lawn care restores the balance of your yard’s ecosystem and encourages the growth of greener grass. Chemicals from conventional fertilizers can seep into groundwater and kill important microorganisms that keep your plants happy. Organic fertilizers and thoughtful care routines can make your grass green naturally and keep your home free of toxic residues. Start by planting grass suited to your local environment.
Keep your lawn hydrated with one inch of water per week. Sprinklers make easy work of watering and should be turned on in early morning hours to prevent quick evaporation.
Mow your lawn each week, but never cut off more than 1/3 of the grass at a time. Deeper cuts can expose top root systems and stress your grass.
Leave grass clippings on the lawn as a natural mulch and fertilizer. Grass clippings will not be noticeable after 24 hours and provide healthy nutrients for your lawn.
Sharpen the blades of your lawn mower as much as possible. This prevents uneven cuts and reduces the stress on the plants.
Fertilize your lawn with an organic fertilizer, such as compost, twice a year. Apply a 1- to 2-inch layer to your lawn in early spring and late fall for a rich, green color.
Test the pH of your soil. If it is below 6.0, you should add small amounts of lime to the soil, and if it is above 7.0, you may need to add gardener’s sulfur to restore balance.