As the world, and America in particular, begins to make a shift towards a more natural and organic way of living, it’s no wonder that our lawns are headed there too. The latest trend in gardening revolves around organic care for our lawns and yards, meaning we break the cycle of harmful pesticides and additives commonly found in gardening products.
However, transforming your lawn and getting rid of these common products can be harder than you think, especially when you learn that Americans spend up to $40 billion each year on seed, sod, and chemicals. By taking things just one small step at a time and following these tips, you can slowly begin to transform your garden to an organic wonder.
Before you even begin your journey into an organic lawn and garden, you need to have an idea of your soil’s natural state. The best way to understand your soil is to do a test which can show you the pH levels of your soil, as well as other things such as nitrogen, potassium, and phosphate.
You can purchase a home soil testing kit from most hardware or gardening stores, and it doesn’t take long to complete. With this knowledge, you’ll be better equipped to treat your lawn depending on its specific requirements and can then move on to the other steps in getting your organic garden under way.
By understanding your local area and what plants work best in what climates and surroundings, you’ll require less on chemicals and additives just to help things stay alive. Choosing a native grass is particularly important, as this is the foundation of your entire garden and will often require the most work if you have the wrong one.
One of the key parts to an organic garden is making choices that are natural to your home and so less effort is required to maintain them.
Speak with a local expert in your area to find out which grass is native to the area, and then work on planting the relevant seeds. Some websites can even show you what grass it native to each area and allow you to order seeds online for an even easier approach.
Once you have native grass growing in your lawn you’ll be less likely to require protection from frost, and it will also require less mowing and watering.
There are countless benefits to making your own compost, and it’s an essential step to take if you’re wanting to make the switch to an organic garden.
Compost consists of almost any natural scrap you can find, with everything from food waste to water making up the delicate mix. Once it’s made, you can mix it with your soil for the healthiest gardens and grass you’ve ever seen.
For the best compost, you should have a blend of four different ingredients which all work together to give it power. Green ingredients such as lawn clippings or scraps from your garden, brown ingredients such as leaves and branches, and a healthy mix of air and water as well.
All of these work together to grow compost and can be highly beneficial for helping your organic garden grow.
Depending on the results of your soil test, you’ve likely found that your ground and lawn is in need of some additional fertilizers. There are quite a few natural approaches you can take depending on the needs of your lawn, and none of them require harsh chemicals that are commonly found in gardening products.
No matter what the issue in your garden, there is a natural ingredient that can help you address it. All it takes it a bit of trial and error to find which works best in your surroundings, so you can enjoy the experimental phase of it as well.
The rule of any lawn, organic or not, is that the longer your grass is the stronger it will be. This is because the roots are able to grow and strengthen, which just isn’t the case when we add stress and cut it too short.
In an organic garden, we are trying to limit the need for intervention from chemicals and additives, and for that reason, we should try not to mow too low or too often. Aim for around 4” for your mower blades, and only mow when you’re expecting it to rain within the next few days. This will keep it healthy and in the best position to continue growth.
Just as we now honor our bodies by using only the healthiest and organic ingredients in what we eat and wear, so too should we give the same respect to our lawns. There’s no need to spend hundreds of dollars adding harmful chemicals and pesticides to our yards, now that we know the organic approach is often cheaper and more effective.
In the future, it’s likely that we’ll see more of a shift towards organic gardening and less reliance on chemicals and additives that we use today. Eventually, our yards will be cared for in a completely natural way and just as nature intended, meaning a healthier and happier garden overall.