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Lawn Care Tips - For An Organic Lawn

Interested in lowering your water bill, maintenance cost and having a healthier lawn? Follow these easy tips and do just that.

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Lawn Care Tips:

It is a documented fact and a fact that we have experienced here at Green Living Made Easy, that a lawn that is fed with organic fertilizer is healthier, more drought-tolerant and less susceptible to disease than a lawn that has chemical treatment.

But - there is much more to a health, lush, organic lawn than just the food you give it. You have to consider the care of the grass, proper maintenance and a lot more.

Lawn Care Tip #1:

Mulching Blade: Use a mulching blade on your lawn mower is a great lawn care tip and one that you should first address.

Using one of these blades will cut the lawn clippings very finely and spread them down into the root zone of the grass providing nourishment and drought-tolerance abilities - and guess what?

No more lawn clippings to dispose of and less time spent on your lawn. (unless you consider a game of golf as time spent on a lawn).

This fine mulch will not need to be removed as is required for regular-size grass clippings, and you will not need to de-thatch your lawn. By springtime your lawn is ready for another season of these finely cut grass clippings.

Lawn Care Tip #2:

Cut Grass Longer During Summer: In our second lawn care tip, it is suggested that cut your grass to a longer length as the heat of the summer approaches. This will provide more shade to the sod and require less watering. This is also a great way to minimize weed growth in your turf as weed love the sun and the extra length of the grass blades is just right to shade the weeds enough to minimize their growth.

Lawn Care Tip #3:

Consider An All Organic Lawn Fertilizer. This fertilizer is make from all natural materials such as Corn Meal, Steamed Blood Meal, Feather Meal, Bone Meal, Soybean Meal Kelp, Rock Phosphate, Potash and Cottonseed Meal, among others. Some products to consider are Bradfield Luscious Lawn & Garden and Ringer Restore.

Another great eco-friendly lawn food to consider is Milorganite. I have used this product for years and have had great success with it. It is made from Milwaukee sewage - yeah you read that right, but it IS all natural and is processed in such a way that you barely perceive any odor from the stuff.

Don't expect that instant green lawn overnight experience from this stuff though. The total analysis is usually something like 5-3-4. Which means s-l-o-w r-e-l-e-a-s-e and is much better for your lawn's long-term health.

Lawn Care Tip #4:

Compost Top Dressing: Also consider adding a thin layer of compost to your organic lawn.

There are a number of companies that now will spread if for you and it will stimulate your lawn, fertilize it for the season, and guess what? The is a totally natural product.

Lawn Care Tip #5:

Install a Sophisticated Irrigation Controller: Lawn irrigation technology has come a long way in the last few years. Now we have available to us controllers with very sophisticated controls including wind sensors, rain sensors and the ability to set watering times during the day and week that they give us the ultimate in controllability.

If you currently have an older controller that you plan to replace, or are looking to install a new system be sure to look for the latest technology to give you the ability to save water wherever and whenever you can.

Consider the Weathermatic SL4800 12 Zone Controller for cutting edge irrigation control. You can make complicated programming decisions very easily with this unit. It allows you to add a wind sensor and rain sensor as well.

If your controller will handle lawn and landscape beds at the sam time, be sure the controller has the ability to control overhead spray as well as a drip irrigation system control. Also, if you are going to be installing the zones, make sure you separate the lawn zones, as they have much different irrigation needs than the landscape beds.

Make sure you have a main shut-off valve on your main irrigation line as well, so you can service the system very easily. Right next to the main shut-off (which would be next in line to your irrigation zones) would be a back-flow preventer. This is very important too as it eliminates contaminated water from entering into the potable water source.

For more information on this great irrigation controller, please visit our article Weathermatic Irrigation Controller.