Organic Lawn Care Tips | Our Top 5
Adding “organic” to any task makes it a little more nerve-wracking. Will this be more complicated? More expensive? Incredibly time consuming? No, no, and no. With these 5 organic lawn care tips from Alfresco, your lawn and your loved ones will thank you for keeping them happy and healthy!
Choose a local grass
Just planting new grass on your new lawn? Local is always better. Local grasses are fit for the environment, and ensure that your lawn gets off to the best possible start. A lawn care expert at Alfresco can make recommendations on the best grass for your landscape, as well as the best local plants for the rest of your property.
Yes, there is such a thing as over-watering. In fact, it’s incredibly common, not to mention wasteful and expensive. Most lawns only require about 1 inch a week, and do best when watered in the early morning- but consult an expert on your specific lawn. Until then, there are changes you can make for major impact. Place your irrigation cycles far apart; Allow your grass to dry (wilt) in between waterings to help deepen the roots of the plant (keeping it green longer); and set your sprinklers to water in short spurts, rather than allowing all the water out at once.
Give your trees a trim
Not only does trimming your trees keep them healthier and prettier, it also allows more sunlight to reach your grass. Grass thrives with sunlight, so the less disruptive shade from plants and trees, the better. The improved openness can also increase air circulation, cooling your lawn down on those hot and humid summer days.
Let it grow
The taller your lawn’s grass is, the longer it’s going to last on its own. Tall grass provides shade for the soil surface, which means the soil will dry out less quickly, allowing you to water the lawn less frequently. Adjusting the height of your mower can easily improve your lawn’s vitality- ask your lawn care provider what the best height is for your climate. A common range is 1.5 to 2 inches for southern climates, to 3 inches for the northernmost lawns.
Our biggest tip for lawn owners is to simply switch out their multi-chemical, environmentally-unfriendly products for organic, natural lawn care products. Alfresco has a variety of organic solutions for your lawn, including natural pest control and fertilizer (which just happen to be the same formula- it works that well). Paul Burd and his employees take client care and lawn care both very seriously, and switching to organic is the best way to maintain both of those principles.
As you can see, lawn care can easily become organic with a few minor changes to habits and products. To learn more about organic solutions, or to request a free lawn care quote from Alfresco, call 616-453-2530 to speak to one of our specialists.