Have a Healthy Lawn

Lawn grass zones of the U.S.
Lawn grass zones of the U.S. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A green and healthy lawn is relatively easy to achieve with a bit of work. A healthy lawn can be achieved by using these maintenance practices:

Mow high  |  Cut your grass at a height of 2.5 to 3 inches to promote growth, prevent weeds, and discourage insect pests.

Water deeply   |  Apply approximately 1 inch of water. Placing a small pet food or tuna can on the lawn will help you measure how much water has been applied.  Water your lawn deeply and infrequently to promote the growth of deep roots. Too much water starves the soil of oxygen and invites disease.

Feed  |  Feed your lawn with compost.  Allow grass clippings to remain on the lawn to provide nutrients.

Aerate  |  Aerate your compacted soil to allow a better flow of water, air, and nutrients to the plant roots.

Overseed  |  Overseed thinned areas or choose alternative ground covers for difficult spots.

Replace  |  Replace grass with paving stones or mulch in heavy traffic areas.

Check  |  Check your lawn regularly to detect pests and other problems early.

Banish weeds naturally by considering the use of corn gluten (an organic corn by-product that is a natural pre-emergent weed control).  To reduce weeds, apply it early in the season before the soil reaches 55 degrees farenheit.  Over the course of a few seasons, the product will make a different.  Go after the weeds for short periods on a regular basis.  Realize that a healthy lawn can naturally resist disease and drought.

A perfect lawn is not really that perfect, especially when using pesticides and herbicides that can affect children and pets.  Of 30 commonly used lawn pesticides 19 have studies pointing toward carcinogens, 13 are linked with birth defects, 21 with reproductive effects, 15 with neurotoxicity, 26 with liver or kidney damage, 27 are sensitizers and/or irritants, and 11 have the potential to disrupt the endocrine (hormonal) system.

To view the lawn grass zones of the United States so that you can see the chart, click on image.

English: Lawn grass with morning dew.
English: Lawn grass with morning dew. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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