Protecting The Planet
Establishing and maintaining a luxuriant green lawn should not come at the expense of the health and well-being of family, pets or the environment. No one wants their children or pets rolling around on a lawn saturated with toxic chemicals, herbicides, and pesticides.
The University of Minnesota points out the importance of lawn care to the environment, noting, “ Lawn areas around homes help provide for a family’s outdoor recreational needs. They provide aesthetically pleasing backdrops for other landscape plantings as well as many environmental benefits. One of the most significant of these is the ability to stabilize soil against water and the wind and erosion. Lawn areas are an important part of preserving and protecting air, water, and soil resources.”
Select a lawn and garden service that takes a holistic approach that is safer for children, pets, and our precious planet. A recently released study, conducted over a five year period, indicated that using organic and natural methods of lawn care prevented greater than 12.5 million pounds of high-salt fertilizers and more than 5 million gallons of noxious pesticides from permeating our soil and entering our water supply; all without sacrificing appearance or lawn quality.
An application of an organic weed and feed formula will provide an “energy” boost for spring growth. The fertilizing application should be applied when weeds, if any, begin to emerge. Lawn and garden professionals recommend a regular non-burning, slow release fertilizer be then applied every 2 months. In the fall, an autumn blend of slow release should be applied prior to snowfall.
Maintaining The Correct pH Level For Your Lawn
Grass flourishes in soil with a pH level of 6.2 to 6.5. A pH level between 6 and 7 is acceptable but if the pH drops below 6, an application of garden lime is required to bring it up. When the pH in lawn soil is 7 or higher, an application of garden sulfur or peat moss is applied to lower the pH of the soil.
An evenly applied layer of peat moss or organic compost is applied as a top dressing to add nutrients and help trap moisture in the soil.
Over seeding helps thicken the lawn, which aids in trapping moisture in the soil and acts as a barrier against weed infestation. Your lawn and garden professional has the experience and localized knowledge to select the best type of grasses to plant for your growing conditions and personal preferences.
Grass should be cut not torn. The majority of home lawn mowers rip the grass, wrenching as much grass out by the roots as they cut. Your professional lawn service has special mowers that are razor sharp and accurately adjusted to cleanly cut the grass leaving a manicured and smooth appearance rather than a lawn that looks like “someone with a bad haircut.”