Have you ever considered using organic compost and organic weed killer for your lawn? People with big yards have the privilege of keeping a lawn in their gardens. A great lawn that is kept in tip-top shape can enhance the appearance of your house and increase its value. However, a lot of people find it difficult to maintain a lawn and end up spending a lot of money on professional lawn care. Even if you put costs aside, lawn care professionals also tend to use a lot of synthetic fertilizers, which could be bad for your garden in the long run.
Concerns have been raised regarding the use of harmful chemicals for lawn care. For most families, lawns are areas where a lot of family activities take place and children love playing on the grass. Aside from the harm that toxic chemicals can cause through physical contact, these chemicals also contaminate the air and are inhaled. In order to keep lawns beautiful without compromising health and safety, people are turning to organic methods.
Surprisingly, lawns are not that hard to maintain. This is good news, as most people tend to think that lawn maintenance is a tough job, even without adding composting and other organic methods to the equation. If you are truly concerned with your family’s safety, here are some tips on how to keep your lawn green, healthy, and chemical free:
Understanding how organic compost can work for your lawn
Many people prefer using organic compost because it is safe and environmentally friendly. Organic compost is an excellent fertilizer because it not only contains vital nutrients such as potassium, nitrogen, and phosphorus,it also has trace elements which commercial fertilizers do not have. Some other advantages of using an organic fertilizer include not staining your concrete or brick walkways and not burning your grass if you accidentally add too much compost.
Top-dressing your lawn with organic compost
Top-dressing is an agricultural term that means adding materials, usually a blended soil mixture, to the surface of lawn grass. Top-dressing is beneficial because it helps retain moisture;improves the soil condition, allowing the young roots to develop; removes reeds that constrain the growth of turf grass and enhances the turf’s natural resistance to pests and diseases.
For you to get the maximum benefit from using organic compost to top-dress your lawn, the following guidelines are recommended:
- For seeded lawns – Apply a thin layer of compost, about a quarter of an inch high, after you have spread the grass seeds on your lawn. This will help maintain moisture in the soil while the seeds sprout and the young grass seedlings stabilize. Top-dressing is particularly beneficial in an arid climate or windy weather where soil and seeds quickly dry out in a matter of hours.
- For existing lawns – Existing lawns that are withering can benefit from the invigorating effect of an organic compost top-dressing.Because lawns are exposed to mowing, foot traffic and play, it becomes compacted over time. This, in turn,prevents the proper circulation of air, water, as well as nutrients through the lawn’s root area.
To top-dress in established lawns, spread your compost around the lawn in piles. You can use a wheelbarrow to make your work easier. Using a shovel, sling the compost out onto the grass. Then, sweep it off from the grass blades into the earth using a push broom. Lastly, water it sufficiently for your compost to blend with the soil.
Using organic weed killer for natural lawn care
In order to avoid using synthetic chemicals to kill the weeds in your lawns, it is best to ‘spot-treat’ the weeds with vinegar regularly to prevent it from spreading. Broad leaf weeds such as plantain and dandelions are easy to identify. Vinegar is a non-selective organic weed killer, so be sure to spot treat weeds only to avoid burning the grass and other garden plants. A good mix of 5 parts white vinegar, 2 parts water, and 1 part dish soap would quickly kill these eye sores.
Lawns are best managed when a regular maintenance schedule is observed. I am not talking about elaborate systems and expensive gadgets. I, myself, love to spend time in the lawn, especially in the afternoons when the kids love to run around and play ball. I never forget to arm myself with a fork, not a garden fork, but an old dinner fork we no longer use. I love using it on weeds that have just sprouted, because its prongs are perfectly spaced for me to could pull the weeds out easily. Every so often, I make sure to top-dress the lawn with my homemade organic compost to help maintain a green and healthy look.