Everyone loves the feeling of grass between their toes, and now that spring has sprung, the sun is shining, and the flowers are blooming left and right it’s time to start getting your lawn healthy and looking beautiful! Here are our spring lawn care tips for achieving a green lawn 100% naturally and safely this season‑‑ No pesticides, no way!
-Clean up! Make sure all leaves and debris that collected on your lawn over the fall and winter are picked up and moved out of the way. You can either save whatever garden and lawn debris you have and use it for composting or making your own mulch, or you can have it hauled away to a green waste facility. Starting with a “clean canvas” is necessary before you give your turf its spring makeover, so we recommend grabbing the rake and getting to work as soon as winter ends!
-Aerate! Aeration is integral to organic lawn care and is key to ensuring your grass can grow deep and thriving roots. The deeper and stronger the roots, the more nutrients your grass can access and uptake from the soil. Greater access and uptake of nutrients means thicker, greener, lusher grass and a lawn that is sturdy and sustainable. At ecoLogical Lawn & Tree Care, we are big fans of aeration and the incredible results it yields!
-Slit Seed! Slit seeding is another process we recommend doing in the spring (it is usually done at the same time as aeration). Slit seeding, or also known as overseeding, will “fill in the cracks” and help repair any turf damage/cover up bare spots. Slit seeding also ensures that your grass continues to grow broad and dense–the thicker your turf, the more naturally pest-resistant and resilient it will be.
A healthy soil and turf system is the foundation for organic and sustainable lawn care, but it does take some time to get there. Now is a great time to get started, and clearing out old yard debris, aerating, and seeding (and soon, applying organic compost/bio-fertility treatments) will enable you to break the expensive and very dangerous cycle of synthetic chemical dependence (i.e. constantly needing to apply and reapply weed killer, like Roundup, and other lawn care chemicals and pesticides). A natural lawn that does not require synthetic chemicals is truly worth it; a lawn free of synthetics is extremely economical, environmentally friendly, and is the safest lawn possible for your kids and pets to play on this summer.