Tuesday, April 19, 2011
The Jonathan Green Organic Method of Lawn Care, based on the use of natural organic materials as the source of all fertility, has merit. This is not a new approach to the subject of lawn care and soil management; it is the oldest method of trying to make the soil more fruitful. It is a method whereby natures own laws of maintaining fertility are applied. Healthy soil is a living, breathing system. It contains essential minerals, water, a wide variety of living organism, and the decaying remains of dead ones. The soil bacteria, fungi and numerous other micro-critters are all members of the web of life.
The Jonathan Green Organic Lawn Care Program encourages “soil life”, including earthworms, in the work of recycling organic matter. The maintenance of natural soil fertility and health is the fundamental basis for the development of a healthy Jonathan Green lawn that is better able to withstand drought, and resist disease and insects. Lawn maker’s reliance on routine applications of nitrogen-phosphorous-potassium fertilizers may help green and thicken the lawn for a while, but can eventually degrade the lawn soil health. While N-P-K fertilizers help to provide macronutrients for improved lawn grass growth, they do not address the essentials of soil health. There are “softer” alternatives to many of these practices.
To start a Jonathan Green organic approach to lawn care, you need to evaluate your own lawn. What is the most important first step in growing a superior lawn? It is the grass seed that is planted, whether it is a new lawn or the re-seeding of an existing lawn. Remember, the lawn can be no better than the grass seed that is sowed. All of the fertilizer and control products that are used will not change this fact. So start with Jonathan Green grass seed mixtures, which are superior and the rest will fall into place.
Using a Jonathan Green Soil pH Test for pH value is important to determine if you need any soil amendments such as lime or calcium. You need to understand the differences between grassy weeds, such as crabgrass and broadleaf weeds, such as dandelions. There are only two true organic weed controls, Jonathan Green Organic Weed Control with corn gluten and hand weeding! Corn gluten contains nitrogen so it helps feed the existing lawn. My Organic Weed Control needs to be applied as a pre-emergent before the target weeds are germinating. Generally an early spring application is best for crabgrass and dandelion control and an early fall application controls fall weeds. Corn gluten will not kill any existing weeds. If you can’t live with some weeds in your lawn, dig them out and re-seed the bare spots.
Jonathan Green organic fertilizers take longer to green up the lawn and build soil health so be patient. You need to look at a 1-2-3 year plan of organic lawn care to fully realize it benefits. Applications of Jonathan Green Organic Fertilizers will continue to build healthy soil and the soil will provide nutrients to make the grass plants thrive.
A mower cutting height of 2-1/2 to 3 inches helps prevent disease and shades the soil to inhibit weed seed germination. Also, lawns that are mowed higher require less watering. Keep your mower blades sharp so they do not shred the grass – making it vulnerable to disease. Rotate your mowing patterns and reduce your carbon footprint with an electric or push mower. Leave grass clippings on the lawn, as long as they are not in clumps, to decompose and return nutrients and water back into the soil. Mulching mowers work very well and are designed to finely shred clippings. Clippings do not promote thatch.
To encourage deeper root growth in your lawn, water longer and less often. Your grass needs about one inch of water a week for optimum health and growth. The best time to water is early morning, avoid watering at night.
If you have treated your lawn the same way for many years and are not satisfied, try the Jonathan Green organic approach to lawn care.Back