SO MANY HOMEOWNERS WANT TO STOP USING SO MANY CHEMICALS AROUND THE HOUSE
Are you thinking of becoming more environmentally friendly when it comes to lawn care this fall? Good thinking!
The time has come for all of us to think about what we are doing to our environment when it comes to the use and abuse of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers that we apply to our lawns each year. I fully understand that the transition of applying organic practices to the lawn care and seeing the benefits does not occur overnight. But, we need to start and why not start this fall with the use of organic products.
Here are some statistics provided by the U.S. National Wildlife Federation:
- 30% of the water used on the East Coast goes to watering lawns.
- The average suburban lawn received 10 times as much chemical pesticide per acre as farmland.
- Over 70 million tons of fertilizers and pesticides are applied to residential lawns and gardens annually.
Sadly, too much of these pesticides and fertilizers are washing into our water systems and polluting our waters and the Chesapeake Bay.
The first step of converting to organic practices with lawn care is creating a healthy lawn soil. Without healthy soil, grass has a harder time growing and staying healthy. We need to start adding organic matter to the lawn. A healthy lawn attracts beneficial insects such as earthworms. Earthworms are our natural aerators of the soil and at the same time, they help fertilize the soil.
With my blog last week, I talked about the need for a soil test. Our FARMER’S SOIL ANALYSIS KIT can help make recommended organic choices of products depending on the results of the soil test.
The second step of converting to organic practices with lawn care is to stop using all synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemicals that harm living organisms.
Now is the time to apply the first application of an organic lawn starter food. We carry the ESPOMA LAWN STARTER. Espoma Lawn Starter is a 3-6-3 lawn food with proprietary Bio-Tone microbes that is ideal for rejuvenating lawns this fall. It is made from natural and organic plant food ingredients. It breaks down gradually to provide a safe, long-lasting food reservoir throughout the growing season.
HERE IS WHAT YOU WANT TO DO TO GET STARTED
- Improve the soil in the lawn.
- Be sure to use good, quality grass seed.
- Mow often so as to cut no more than 1/3 of the grass blades.
- Let the grass clippings lay on the lawn. Grass clippings are a good source of nitrogen.
- Water deeply but not too often. If you watered deeply you should be able to go 5 to 7 days before needing to water again.
- Check your soil pH annually.
- Keep the turf healthy and thick. Weeds will grow where the grass has become thin or bare.
Bottom line…you need to start the transformation at some point. Why not start now. Come see us and we will help you get started.