14 Tips for Achieving A Beautiful Chemical Free Lawn
You can easily have a beautiful lawn without using harsh chemicals by following these tips!
- Mow with sharp blades. When your lawn mower blades are dull they wont’t cut the grass properly. Instead of cutting the grass the dull blades will rip the grass causing damage, and yellowing of the lawn.
- Raise the mowing height. Mowing between 3–4 inches is a good rule of thumb. Mowing at a taller height will help your lawn from drying out. The longer grass blades will shade the soil underneath and this will help keep your lawn beautiful and green.
- Do not cut more than 1/3 of the height of the grass. Cutting more than 1/3 of the grass height when mowing will cause damage to the lawn. The lawn will become stressed from the shock of loosing too much of its growth. It’s a better alternative to mow twice in a week, than to cut off too much from mowing infrequently.
- Delay the first mowing until grass is growing well. There’s no need to start mowing as soon as you see the grass growing. If you give it a chance to get going, and show some more growth before the first mowing, your lawn will appreciate it.
- Water your lawn. It’s best to water your lawn every week so it’s gets roughly 1 inch of water to penetrate the soil. Over watering your lawn can be just as harmful to it as not watering it enough, so make sure to monitor your watering schedule to meet your lawns needs.
- Do not collect the grass clippings every time. Early on in the season it makes sense to collect debris from the lawn. In the heat of the mid summer it’s ok to leave the clippings on the lawn as this will add nutrients back into the soil. Once the fall comes along it’s ok to start bagging the grass clippings again.
- Prevent turfgrass injury. Excessive foot traffic on a lawn can damage it. Also things like parking cars on your lawn or heavy equipment should be avoided if possible.
- Resod damaged areas. Any damaged areas can easily be resoded. Sodding will ensure the best look in the shortest time frame.
- Control thatch layer. Dethatching your lawn in the spring is an excellent idea. The excess of thatch in your lawn can cause problems with nutrients not reaching the soil, and your grasses root system will suffer.
- Increase Nitrogen rates. Nitrogen, is arguably turfgrasses best friend, but just like anything too much is just as bad as too little.
- Overseed your lawn. Overseed will add new life into your lawn, and add a variety of cultivars to your seed bank in the soil.
- Provide good topsoil. Topsoil can be compared to the foundation of a house. Without a good foundation nothing can be built on top. Well grass works the same way. If you have excellent topsoil you will have a much better chance of having a beautiful lawn.
- Prioritize lawn areas. If there are areas on your property where you’ve struggled to have beautiful grass, try to rethink that space, maybe it would be better suited for a flower bed or garden.
- Modify your standards. Not all lawns can be perfectly green year round. Even golf courses struggle to keep their courses manicured at all times. With a little patience, some TLC, and I’m certain you can have the lawn you’ve always wanted.
By: Zach Sweet- Owner of Sweet Landscaping Ltd.