Organic landscaping tips aim to keep grass green

1. Know your pH level:
A soil test will help you get to know your lawn's needs. Soils with a high pH (more than 7.2) require added sulfur to decrease it. Soils with a low pH (below 7.0) require lime to increase it.

2. Know your grass:
Different types of grasses require different treatment regimens. For example, cool season grasses such as bluegrass, ryegrass and fescue do best when fertilized lightly in the spring and more heavily in the fall. Check with your local agricultural extension agent to find out what type of grass you have and when's best to fertilize.

3. Don't overwater:
A lawn's roots do best with less-frequent, heavy waterings than daily dousings. During a drought, one heavy soaking every three to seven days is usually adequate. Water until at least 6 inches of soil is moistened. Usually, it takes an hour or an hour and a half.

4. No buzz cuts:
Taller grass grows better and actually helps ward off weed growth. Different grasses require different heights, but as a general rule don't mow shorter than 3 inches.

5. Good mow-jo:
Be sure to keep blades sharpened to avoid the lawn version of split ends. Mow in the late afternoon or early evening so grass can recover in the comfort of shade or darkness. Leave clippings on the grass — "dirtbugs" in the soil enjoy the tasty treats!

Source: NaturaLawn of America, Max Maxwell


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