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Creating a waterwise, chemical-free, organic lawn
Aug 23, 2011 - Charlotte from Peaceful Valley
What if I told you about an amazing plant? Among its good qualities:
*Green most of the year
*Soft enough to walk on barefoot
*Strong enough that kids and dogs can play on it
*Cheap to grow from seed
*Not a waterhog
What is it? Turfgrass.
The problem with a lot of lawns is not the grass, it’s the lawn care. Poor lawn care has dumped chemical fertilizers into our watersheds, and sent potable water running down the gutters of our suburbs. Our national lawn care practices have to change.
Planting a lawn has been the default, unimaginative choice of what to do with a front yard. Front yards that are full of sun can be beautiful, edible gardens. Just ask Ivette Soler, author of the bestselling book The Edible Front Yard. We’re so excited about her book that we pulled together a custom vegetable seed collection of Soler’s favorite vegetables that elevate the front yard to an art form—check out the seeds Soler calls her “supermodels”.
Need to remove some lawn to make room for a garden? Our quick sheet mulching video demos this easy procedure.
A waterwise lawn
What if you consider an edible garden, a perennial ornamental garden, a succulent garden—and conclude that you really do want a lawn for soccer games and bouncing dogs?
Guess what? Pam Geisel, head Master Gardener of California, says that a properly grown lawn takes no more water than an equivalent group of perennials.
The key factors to growing an environmentally friendly lawn are found in our organic lawn care video including:
Choosing the right grass for your microclimate
Organic lawn care builds good soil to foster deep roots
Dethatching or aerating your lawn
Deep, infrequent watering
Warm season grasses have deeper roots than cool season grasses, and can go longer between waterings.
For more information on growing a healthy, no chemical lawn, check out The UC Guide to Healthy Lawns.
Categories: Grass Seed, Lawn Seed, Native Grass Seed, Perennial Grass Seed, Fescue Grass Seed, Composting, Organic Compost, Compost Tea Brewers, Soil Amendments, Organic Garden Compost, Organic Fertilizer, Organic Lawn Fertilizer
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