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Why Having an Organic Lawn Rocks

lawn-organicHave you ever thought of having an organic lawn? Going green is indeed an important consideration these days given the abundance of chemical in the environment. On the one hand, a green lawn always spells health and cleanliness, making it more enticing to gardeners compared. If you don’t know how to start having one, it’s a good thing that you’ve come to this page. But before we jump to the process, let me first give you a bit of info on how beneficial an organic lawn can be beneficial to you, your place, and your loved ones, too.

It Adds Beauty to your Place

Hundreds of companies and even household owners pay hundreds and thousands of dollars to landscapers to beautify their place by putting up yards. Okay, you may be confused at this point as to how a yard differs from a garden. Firstly, a yard is a vacant lot mainly in an outdoor location while a garden is a portion of a yard where you plant particular types of flowers or grow certain grasses that add more oomph to the area. As what others put it, a yard is where your kids run around; play with your pet dog; or simply gather for a bonfire. Meanwhile, a garden is where your kids aren’t supposed to go as they might step on your dandelions. Whether your lawn is mostly filled with grass and leafy plants, it never fails to add life to the area. Green surroundings are also cool to the eyes, which makes it a good spot to look at whenever you feel like you need to rest your eyes on something. An organic lawn is definitely way better than a barren, lawn.

It Isn’t a Harmful Option

Because organic lawn care makes use of zero fertilizers, pesticides, and chemicals, it is safe to both kids and pets that may roam or play in the lawn. Previous reports have shown that inorganic lawn care have led to the diminished number of bees and butterflies, our natural gardeners, since the chemicals being applied to the plants and to the soil could cause their death. Apart from that, it can also cause degenerative diseases to animals in the area, specifically cats and dogs, which tend to stay in the yard more than in the house during summer months. On the one hand, chemicals being used to make grasses grow faster are known for their adverse effects to human health. They can cause skin irritations and even lung cancers in the long run. The effects may not be felt today, but it can definitely take a toll to your respiratory system in the future because it tends to stay in the air and in your skin, too. Harmful chemicals can also find its way to bodies of water, specifically if the lawn is located nearby a sewage system. It can also be seeped under the soil, which could kill natural garden helpers like earthworms and can be part of our ground water. To make matters worse, research noted that only a portion of those pesticides and chemicals are actually being sucked by the plants as most of it actually goes into bodies of water; evaporated into the air; and being stepped upon by us on dry land.

It Rarely Needs the Aid of Chemicals to Bloom

If an organic lawn is well cared, it rarely needs the presence of a third party, which I use to refer to fertilizers and pesticides, to grow well. Apparently, all we need to make the plants thrive are already present. Even before we become full grown adults, we already know for Science teachers that plants only need soil, enough water, and sunlight to make food, and, eventually, grow well. It is only during the introduction of chemicals that tons of pests and various plant diseases struck us. Apart from that, if you are a skilled organic lawn gardener, your lawn will act as a natural defense mechanism if the weather becomes harsh. With the right amount of nutrients in the soil coming from composts and other pieces that you prepared before, plants stay as strong as they can be all throughout the season. Though some may not make it, most of them will continue to thrive.

It Helps Keep the Environment Clean

Never underestimate the power of these slim, green grasses. Firstly, an organic lawn doesn’t or rarely use any form of chemicals found in fertilizers and other similar products, which, when used by millions of gardeners around the world, can deliberately decrease the presence of chemicals on air, under the soil, and in the water. Studies show that it can decrease at least 10% of the total greenhouse gases in our environment today. Conversely, fertilizers make grasses grow faster, but with an uneven growth, leading to numerous mowing in a year. It has been noted that an average, inorganic gardener uses tons and thousands of water each year and mows the lawn at least 25 times a year. That means, so much water resources have been used for watering and fossil fuels have been wasted for fueling mowers. Even if it’s an electric mower, it still consumes energy when the battery is being charged.

It Saves you Money

If there is one highlight to the benefits of having an organic lawn, it would be the fact that it lets you save money in the long run. You don’t invest much on costly fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemicals. You don’t gas up your mower often, too, and you don’t also need to water the grasses as often as possible. This benefit alone, given the current statues of our economy, is reason enough to switch to organic lawn care.

What do I have to do to start an organic lawn care? The very basic and first to do is to have the soil tested before you even decide on which grass to plant. Soil comes in different types and certain nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, alkaline, etc. If you just put anything in it without consulting professionals and just relying on pure guess, this is when danger sets in. You can contact certain laboratories in your area that do the test or buy your own DIY soil test kit, which can be bought at Amazon for a few bucks. Once you have determined its type, identifying the right type of grass comes next. Grasses come in aplenty of varieties and not all of them thrive in just any type of soil. It is then better to have knowledge in this aspect to make sure that you’ll achieve a healthy grass lawn in few months. Asking advices from local experts is a good way to start off your grass planting. In addition to that, growing the wrong grass requires lots of mowing, fertilizing, and watering, which are a big no-no when opting for an organic grass lawn. Clovers are lawn friends, not weeds. Firstly, they mostly remain green all throughout the season, even during harsh climate changes. Secondly, it grows slowly and it tolerates dry seasons, which makes it best if you can’t water your lawn as much as it needs to be. Finally, it is insect-resistant, thereby, helping other grasses in the area. Getting back to having an organic lawn, make sure to prepare well your compost as this is a very essential element in the process. Finally, keep grass clippings and include grey water in watering your plants. Grey water has enough nutrients in it for the plants. These tips, when added with careful effort, are all you need to have beautiful, organic lawn.

About the Author:

A senior writer and editor of The Green Guide and a father of 3 kids (1 girl and 2 boys). Rob's special interests include geography, enviroment study and hiking. Rob has traveled to over 100 places in 30 different countries in the past three years. His exotic and fun experiences will be talked in his new book which is going to be published soon.

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