Here are the key points to having a healthy, weed-free, green lawn using only organic practices:
- Don’t use chemicals: This includes fertilizers, herbicides, Round Up, fungicides, and insecticides. Why not? These chemicals appear to be effective after you apply them but they actually are doing nothing to address the root cause of your problem. You will have to keep applying them year after year. They will destroy your soil biology which will in turn give you weeds and very unhealthy grass. There is also the chance that they will harm the health people, animals and ocean life (where they will eventually end up). If you feel the need to use chemicals please don’t, contact me and I will try to find a better solution for you.
- Mow your lawn as high as possible. This allows the grass to collect more energy from the sun because it has more leaf surface area. It also will greatly reduce weed problems because the grass will be tall enough to shade out the weeds (as happens in natural grasslands).
- Mulch your lawn or do not remove the grass clippings after you mow. This also happens in natural grasslands. The grass clippings will create a layer above your soil which will protect your soil from drought and increase your soil life. The life in your soil will recycle the grass clippings and they will eventually go back into your grass as free nutrients. The more organic matter you can have in your soil the healthier and greener your lawn will be. **NOTE: It will be necessary to bag up the grass clippings when the grass is wet or they will form ugly clumps on the lawn**
- Add compost or compost tea to your lawn. This is hands down the fastest way to return your lawn and soil to its natural healthy state. The sole purpose of compost is NOT organic matter (as most people think) it is actually the huge diversity and concentration of beneficial soil organisms that makes compost and compost tea so effective. **NOTE: never apply compost that has gone anaerobic (without oxygen) as this is actually very bad for your lawn. You can tell if a compost has gone bad by the smell: if there is any bad smell at all do not put it on your lawn.