Creating a lush, green, and healthy lawn requires a lot of patience and of course financial investment.
We often rely on artificial fertilizers to do the job for us, but nature has its way of repairing things if we give it the chance to do so. Whether you’re making the switch to an organically grown lawn, or are looking for tips on how to sustain your backyard, here are in-depth steps to have an organic healthy lawn in your backyard.
Think about the soil.
To be able to fully understand what your soil needs, think of it as a living thing.
It needs to breathe and eat in order to be capable of growing and sustaining
others’ needs. Knowing what type of soil you’re dealing with allows you to
fully understand the desired water amount, the grass type that will easily grow
on it, and even the nutrients you need to add. Like any sickness, making the
switch to have an organic lawn is easily done when you know what you’re dealing
Create a thick grass.
To jumpstart the process, you do not want an unhealthy grass growth to start with.
Thicken your lawn by spreading grass seed over the property to allow a new
batch to grow. This step also combats weeds as most of the soil will be covered
with roots of the grass. Allowing grass to have a deep root system makes
pulling out nutrients and water from the soil easier.
Feed the soil with the correct food.
Most likely, you spread fertilizers to your lawn four times a year, but with an organically grown
lawn, you’ll only need compost.
Compost is a mixture of all your yard and
kitchen waste, this mixture breaks down with the soil and offers natural
nutrients for your plants. Spread compost evenly on the lawn and gently rake
allowing it to seep into the existing. By using compost and staying away from
artificial options, you are giving the soil a chance to repair itself and
retain its own natural characteristics. Making the soil healthy on its own
without chemicals is the main foundation of an organic and healthy lawn.
Mow wisely and regularly.
Some owners may argue that even if they mow regularly, weeds still keep popping up
and patches are still present. Well, the reason for this is maybe you’re doing
the mowing process wrong. Cutting grass too short may expose the soil too much
allowing weeds to grow. Cut your grass to at least 2 inches tall, this is a
safe height that gives just enough space for new growth and better protection
from water evaporation.
Leave the clippings.
Grass clippings removed from the mown grass is about 90% water, making it easy to
decompose and add to the water content of your lawn.
These clippings return as
nutrients to the soil lessening the
need for any other artificial fertilizer, and in the long run saving you money.
Choose your pest control option.
There are times when pests invade your property but remember that there are also good
bugs for your plants. Killing all the insects should not be the main goal for
an organic lawn as they do more good than damage. Find pesticides that use
food-grade materials that are safe to use even around children. There are also
natural solutions such as traps offered by gardening companies that are less
harmful and uses no chemicals.
Water your lawn efficiently.
Watering your lawn is not merely just turning on the sprinklers and letting them do the
Being organic means you are doing your job to conserve mother nature, so
why not do so by conserving water? Different soil types require different
watering needs, as a general rule about an inch of water, a week is about enough
to keep your lawn healthy. If you have thicker soil, water retention may be
better hence lesser watering should be done.
Having to create or switch to an organic healthy lawn may be a long process, but in the
future, it will save you so much more time and money as you do not have to
constantly feed it with fertilizers. Your lawn is a living thing, and you
should allow it to grow naturally.
A millenial mom (of two boys) who has passion in makeup and motherhood in between.