Friday February 28, 2014
Spring lawn care is often thought of as the time to get things done but depending on your style of lawn care, you might not be on the hook for that much work.
Conventional lawn care is all about timing of the crabgrass pre-emergent herbicide application. It is crucial that the timing is proper for the best results. Pre-emergents also act on other seeds, not just crabgrass, so spring seeding is generally out of the question when using these products. Once the product has been applied it is important not to disturb the surface of the lawn by aerating or de-thatching so again, timing is everything.
Organic lawn care in the spring is more about letting the lawn emerge from dormancy naturally and then feeding it while also working towards a dense, healthy lawn. Overseeding, correcting any soil imbalance and addressing underlying issues like shade, lack of air movement or compaction are ways an organic or natural lawn care program would prevent pests and weeds like crabgrass.
Start you lawn off right this spring
Tuesday February 25, 2014
For conventionally maintained lawns the coming of spring lawn care is usually all about pre-emergent crabgrass control. Timing your application of this product is essential as it acts of the crabgrass seeds as they just begin to germinate. Once this product is applied it is important not to disturb it through aerating or de-thatching or it will not be as effective. Also, spring seeding is not really an option as the herbicide has a detrimental affect on all seeds not just crabgrass.
So get your raking and de-thatching done before the pre-emergent crabgrass preventer is applied and wait until fall for aerating and overseeding. Unless you are interested in foregoing chemical crabgrass control and would rather do things naturally.
Spring Lawn Care Routines
Sunday February 23, 2014
So it will soon be spring and this year you want to try maintaining your lawn in a more natural way. If not fully organic then at least chemical free and using natural products. What to do?
The first concern in the spring is always crabgrass prevention. Chemical herbicides known as pre-emergents are applied to zap crabgrass seedlings before they get a chance to grow. There's no practical natural alternative to the chemical so other methods must be a part of an overall lawn care program.
Don't get out there too fast though. A naturally maintained lawn benefits from a hands off approach in the early spring. Do not rush the lawns natural awakening from dormancy but be ready to feed it once the soil temperatures can sustain soil and root activity.
Natural and organic spring lawn care
Wednesday February 19, 2014
I'm being sarcastic here. Of course there is no 4 step program for organic lawn care. There's no lawn care program organic or otherwise that should be boxed in to 4 steps. A lawn is far too complex to be treated so simplistic. If you really want to go organic, you need to start thinking different.
Think more about what is under the grass. Don't ignore the grass completely but start with the soil and go from there. In an organically managed lawn a healthy soil is the most important aspect and should be the driver behind the bulk of the work done to the lawn.
So it's not a 4 step organic lawn care program but a 4 step action plan to get your lawn on a pathway to natural, chemical-free maintenance and management. For you, your pets, your children, all of us.
4 Steps to an Organic Lawn