If you have become increasingly concerned with the types of chemicals that are in regular lawn fertilizer you are not alone.¬† Our lawns have some of the basic needs that we do.¬† They need to drink, eat, breathe and digest what is placed on them.¬† When your soil is healthy it is more receptive to acting on these needs in a natural way.¬† But if your soil has become compacted, those natural tendencies cannot take place.¬† This is why many homeowners are now opting to use organic fertilizer.¬† This type of fertilizer is more of a food for the soil that naturally provides nutrients to the organisms in the lawn.¬† This differs from chemical fertilizer that basically just feeds the plants directly.¬† In many cases chemical fertilizer tends to be washed off the lawn and can end up in lakes, oceans, rivers and groundwater.
The first step you should take when considering to use organic fertilizer is to have your soil tested.¬† This step can tell you precisely how much nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, lime and sulfur are in your lawn.¬† This information will also shed some light on the nutrients that are lacking.¬† When it comes to adding nutrients to your lawn, it is better to make informed decisions rather than guess.
The next thing that you should look at is if you are using the proper type of grass for your area.¬† Some grasses prefer to grow in the shade while others thrive in full sun, knowing the difference can save you a lot of headaches later.¬† There are some newer grasses available that are known as cultivars.¬† These grasses tend to grow slower and resist disease.¬† This will also aid in reducing the amount of pesticides and water that your grass requires.
Instead of using chemical fertilizer, you may want to consider using compost.¬† Compost is a natural way to provide your lawn with the nutrients that it needs to stay healthy and grow.¬† You can produce your own compost by using much of your own kitchen and yard waste.¬† If you want to ensure that your compost is providing sufficient nutrient to your lawn you can always have it tested.¬† If you aren‚Äôt interested in making your own compost, you can always purchase compost that has been made ensuring that it includes the proper nutrients.¬† When purchasing pre-made compost it is important that you do not use any that has been made with herbicide-laced grass or sewage sludge.
When mowing your lawn, it is suggested that you leave the clippings on the lawn.¬† Grass clippings contain approximately 90% water and begin to decompose almost immediately.¬† When they fully decompose they provide your lawn with the nutrients it needs to become healthy.¬† So from now on, skip the bagging and allow your grass clipping to feed your soil and you will be rewarded with a healthier looking lawn.