Sustainable Lawn Care Pt. 2 (Weed Control)

Everyone wants to know how to treat weeds organically. Well, there are a few things you can do to minimize weeds, but we first need to understand the role weeds play in our yard. Weeds are simply unwanted plants in our lawn that stick out, literally in most cases. Weeds can be an indication of unhealthy soil, low spots that collect and hold water (bad drainage), or that nature thrives on diversity. That last tidbit is to help focus on the reality that grass without weeds do not exist in nature.

Nature, as I said before, thrives on diversity. This means that a lawn, your lawn, without weeds cannot exist without the interference of man. A mono-culture, or single species of plant does not thrive in nature, because environmental conditions vary. Let me explain that I appreciate a well manicured weed-free lawn as much as the next person. But as the parent of a six month old getting ready to crawl, I refuse to put chemicals on my lawn.

Okay, now for the part you have all been waiting for,  how do I declare war on the eye-sores:

STEP 1: Fertilize, so that your soil is healthy!

STEP 2: Cut your grass tall!!! This allows the grass to compete with the weeds.                            (2 and a half to 3 and a half inches)

STEP 3: Mulch!!! This feeds the soil and reseeds every time you mow.

STEP 4: Aerate!!! This allows oxygen into the soil to benefit the microbes.

STEP 5: Spot Spray Weeds with “organic” herbicide!!! This kills the weeds.

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One Response to “Sustainable Lawn Care Pt. 2 (Weed Control)”

  1. October 23, 2012 at 5:19 am #

    Unwanted plants and unwanted soil are of no use i am very much satisfied with you.  I come to the main point also that without healthy soil this problem remains.

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