Is it possible to grow a beautiful lawn naturally?
American lawn decor is suffused with attractive lawns in a huge industry with a fortune of a billion. We spend money we kill the plants already grow we plant and sow grass. We replace natural grasses such as clover plantain or dandelion to the good of looks.
So by making that switch you’re saving money. The plan will increase pollination growth as well as reduce chemical use and exposure. And the safer lawn for animals and children!
The good news is here are some easy ways to have clean grass without using harmful chemicals. There’s a second route. And that’s to take good care of it the natural way.
Improve the soil
Most lawns have a habit of being fed from above with irrigation and fertilizer. But by building healthy soil from the ground up, you will be rewarded with good grass. In other words, we need to establish a strong root system.
In doing so there are many ways to encourage better growth of algal deciduous plants. This means fallowing the land every year or let it lie without intervention for two years in a row. This allows the grass to grow in a natural way. The algal layer is high in organic matter, it provides nutrients and builds soil structure.
Build your soil with crop rotation and conservation farming techniques such as strip cropping, terracing, or keyline plowing we can restore the fertility of our soils.
How do we do that?
● Add organic matter. Organic matter is not the same as fertilizer. It’s far more complex, it’s a mixture of microorganisms, fungi, and bacteria. As well as nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, sulfur phosphorus potassium and other minerals which we can get in mineral supplements but cannot be obtained from fertilizers.
● Add cover crops. plants that are grown in the spring – such as clover or alfalfa – to eat and protect the soil from erosion, and add organic matter back into it.
● Watering: encourage deep roots with less frequent irrigation shallow but regular watering is better than intermittent sprinkling which tends to wash away fertilizers.
● Feeding: Adding fertilizers is a big no-no – you’re trying to build up your soil, not weaken it. Instead use mulch which adds nutrients back into the land for future plants. The added benefit of mulch over fertilizer is that with only a layer of mulch on top, it’ll give the soil enough nutrients to grow a healthy plant.
Recycle organic matter
There are many forms of organic matter that can be used to create a healthy lawn. It’s important to consider what is right for your type of grass. For example, you generally need more nitrogen than phosphorus and potassium in natural environments. So animal manure or blood meal would be the best choice.
Carbon feeders like buckwheat hulls or livestock hair will help balance the equation because they have between 3 percent and 10 percent of other nutrients absorbed into them. We can’t ignore carbon as it contains the energy needed by microbes in your soil to break down slower-release fertilizers pelletized with soluble fertilizer granulated fertilizer if necessary, we use biodynamic synthetic fertilizer pellets (e.g., 9-3-3, 18-6-12).
If you use synthetic fertilizer, it’s best to alternate between the two. This is because some nutrients are more available immediately while others take more time. If you throw everything at once your lawn will starve for lack of everything!
You really don’t need any expensive chemicals like compost. Here are some things you should do on a regular basis to help your lawn naturally:
● Turn the compost pile is an excellent way to add organic matter. The best time of year to turn the compost is in spring when it’s starting to “cook”. This will release heat and decay into the soil around the fallow or plant. If you can’t make compost, search for local suppliers in your area.
● Add mulch – ideally using wood chips or sawdust which won’t rot down quickly like straw, corn stalks, leaves, weeds, etc. spread over about six inches thick (half an inch each week) with a layer of grass clippings on top and keep moist until rotary digging or tilling as needed.
● Avoid applying nitrogen at the same time as phosphorus or potassium. If you must fertilizer, avoid putting them on all the leaves in one place and choose a safe alternative to chemical fertilizers such as fish emulsion or natural fertilizer like kelp meal.
● Rake: regularly by combining leaf decomposing bacteria for organic matter into your lawn soil is a great way to keep roots strong and growing. In addition, it’s fun! Plus less work later on when mowing and trimming grass if more of its support system has been built up now from the ground up.
● Aeration: it helps plants breathe better by removing plugs of soil which makes room for water and air to enter the soil; drains water better and it allows fungi and microbes to flourish.
● Waterless: Most of the summer water is lost through evaporation, if we want to keep our grass growing strong, let it experience dry periods. We need to allow for runoff such as during a heavy thunderstorm or after watering, not just sprinkling once a day.
● Green up your lawn naturally by adding beneficial plants – there are many flowers that will attract insects or birds which also helps bring in nutrients from other sources like animal waste.
Bees will help pollinate your trees and vegetables by transferring pollen from one flower to another; the same way that wind spreads pollen of some non-wind pollinated plants yet., such as ferns or magnolias.
Control of weeds
It’s possible to eliminate many weeds using mechanical methods. Smaller weeds such as White Clover or Veronica are best removed regularly with a manual scarifier. And use a rake to remove the top one-eighth inch of soil; this will help deep-rooted plants grow better since they’ll have more room to spread.
● Use organic controls: Try using non-chemical methods such as corn gluten meal, diatomaceous earth, or vinegar to kill weeds; these plant-based products may contain naturally occurring salts that damage some weeds’ ability to photosynthesize and can also be harmful if used incorrectly in high concentrations or not following product instructions.
● Fertilizers are great for increasing vegetative growth but they don’t do much for suppressing aggressive annuals like crabgrass, goosegrass, and dog fennel which require being manually cut down before they go into seed production.
● To prevent weeds from growing and you should always mow your lawns high which will encourage slow and shallow rooting.
● Avoid sprinkler systems that create “hot spots”. Watering if it’s not so much that the water is sitting on top of the soil. This means less power, but more frequent watering such as hand watering or with a barrel one gallon at a time using rainwater or collected condensation for seed starting; makes sure to let them dry out in between watering.
● Adding compost will also make you’re soil healthier by providing helpful insects and worms that will help keep pests under control naturally without pesticides.
● Another method is to use sheet mulching where you lay down cardboard (don’t use newspaper as it will break down quickly) and add mulch such as leaves or compost on top. And
● You can attract beneficial insects that help to keep pests in check naturally, they are also a food source for other species of animals so you’ll be helping the whole system along with your efforts.***
Mow The Right Way
It is recommended, in general, for shorter stems of approximately four quarters to two-thirds to around 5.5 cm. This growth stimulates the plant’s vegetative buds or developing flowers. Avoid cutting long stems (more than ten centimeters) because it can weaken them; this is not recommended for plants you want to develop and mulch as a ground cover.
You can cut using any type of mechanical mower, even one that cuts at a 45-degree angle which helps to lift clippings out of the grass and avoid clogging up your blades.
It is also advisable to fix the blade with a razor blade, so as not to be torn, and remove old or dead leaves. This will help stimulate new growth in long stems.
Here you can see the difference between short and tall grasses (cut) and regular cutting: In general, when it comes to what to cut more it varies depending on the growth of the lawn. In the winter it is recommended to cut the grass more frequently and in summer less.
Cutting too much can weaken stems and reduce the lawn’s ability to quickly recover from damage caused by strong winds or heavy rain.
The length of blades at around two millimeters (without blemishes) is ideal for most situations; it allows for enough sun penetration to reach the roots that will help the grass quickly recover, and water evaporation.
To help the lawn continue to heal itself after an injury uses these simple guidelines: don’t allow seedlings with roots in the grass as they will stunt its recovery just like cutting too short, never scalp with edging shears as it can cause dieback on top of making it harder for the other grass to grow.
Choose a good grass
Choose one strong with no extra water. Take into account solar requirements, how much water or sun exposure is needed in your lawn, and the number of showers you get.
It is a common practice to plant new grass seeds in the fall which gives you plenty of time for them to grow before spring, but if you live in a very hot climate like Florida then you should wait until wintertime when cooler temperatures come and there is more rain.
Greening up your lawn The best way to start getting your soil ready for seed germination is by using a ripper or tiller tool to break up the clumps and smooth out the surface; next use a rake or cultivator so that you can sow the seeds evenly across the area.
Make sure that you do this process with cool weather (65 degrees F) or else it will reduce germination rates of whatever grass seed type you decide on.
A good quality starter seed that is commonly used for an overall lawn plant may be Kentucky 31 red. There are many different types to choose from, but it’s best to start with the one most suited for your area and do a bit of research beforehand if you have never grown grass before.
As each seed will germinate at its own rate it is best to spread them out in staggered rows or sections so they have space for optimum growth without too much competition. Cut any plants that grow taller than the others as well as small dense bunches of plants to keep a smooth finished appearance.
Some commonly used varieties of green grass seeds include Kentucky 31 Red – This type is long-lasting and recommended for areas where there is plenty of sunshine. There is also a blend called Kentucky bluegrass, which has both Perennial Rye and Rough Bluegrass that is good for the southern regions.
Drought-tolerant grasses are another alternative choice to consider if growing conditions have been dry year-round. Bermuda or Zoysia grass are ideal choices for these types of situations and grow rapidly all season long with little or no care.
Different seeds will make your lawn turn out differently; it’s best to try several different kinds at once (3-6) so you can compare what works best where it tends to dry out quickly.
Using this method can reduce the amount of water that is necessary and give the lawn more strength.
Watering like this will make the grass grow thicker much quicker, so don’t go overboard and overwater. Since water expands when it freezes into ice, you need to account for that by watering earlier in the day or else there is a chance of an early freeze which can cause damage to your lawn.
This type of watering involves using a sprinkler system; many people have problems with installing these types of systems since they are not that easy to connect and calibrate correctly. One way around this problem is to use a hose attached to an empty bucket; fill up the bucket full then pour it out over the lawn evenly without any waste.
Another option you may wish to investigate further is water-saving irrigation methods such as drip or micro sprinklers which are designed for this type of watering.
The problem with many sprinklers is that they can waste a lot of water and tend to run in cycles that organize when the water comes on and off; these two things will cause you to lose more money because your water bill will be higher than it needs to be.
It is best to turn on the system early in the morning before the hot afternoon sun hits your lawn so it has all day to absorb as much moisture as possible, while also leaving time at night so that any excess won’t have a chance to evaporate.
The main issue with watering this way is controlling how much water goes down on each area of grass evenly (an easy way around this is to use a spray bottle to pinpoint the areas you want). You also must make sure that it will not be raining or watering in the forecast.
The best way for understanding how to water grass like this is to read your manual and do some research on tutorials before attempting any irrigation systems; keeping a journal of these practices is also helpful in future reference if you have different types of yards you need to maintain.