Organic lawn care focuses on growing a healthy lawn because a healthy lawn is the best protection against weeds, insects, and diseases. To have a healthy lawn, you need healthy soil. Healthy soils are crumbly, brown, and alive with earthworms and beneficial microbes. Healthy soils let grass roots grow deep, making them more resistant to drought and stress. To have healthy soil, you need to avoid the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers and follow certain guidelines. One of the keys is to feed your lawn with natural and organic fertilizers that not only help to grow a beautiful green lawn, but also one that is safe for kids and pets.
With the Espoma Organic Lawn Food, you can finally have an affordable, chemical free lawn program that is safe for kids and pets. This program is ideal for any lawn. It does not contain any pesticides or synthetic ingredients. Instead, it adds organic material to improve your soil while providing long-lasting nutrition for your lawn. It actually provides 2.5 times more Slow Release Nitrogen than other leading synthetic programs. This means it lasts longer, won’t burn or leach away, and your won’t have to mow your lawn as often–added bonus! Each product is specially formulated to optimize greening at the time of application.
Will my grass be as green?
People often mistake quick greening with healthy grass. Synthetics provide more readily available nitrogen than a lawn can actually use which means the nitrogen can leach into nearby waterways like streams, rivers, ponds, lakes and bays. When you use an organic lawn fertilizer, the nutrients are released more slowly and actually feed the plant as it needs it. You will get much more uniform grass growth as well as a much healthier lawn.
How will I control insects?
For insect control, attract more birds! They are natures best biological insect controllers. Plant trees that birds love and use as sources for food, such as bittersweet, crabapple, flowering dogwood or holly. Use plants as pest repellents, such as marigolds, nasturtiums and geraniums.
How will I control weeds?
Did you know that a lawn with about 15% weeds can look practically weed free to the average observer? If weeds are a big problem, you may want to apply Espoma Weed Preventer in the Spring. A healthy lawn will grow thick deep roots that will keep even the toughest weeds from growing.
Will an organic lawn cost more?
The initial cost of using organics on your lawn may be slightly more, but according to a study by the Environmental Grass Roots Education, once established, an organic lawn program can result in savings of more than 25% over a conventional program! That’s some big savings. This is because the organic program builds up the soil biology, which will, over time, sustain the grass with minimal inputs. So it is actually less expensive to go organic in the long run.