A great deal of products and tips are available at the disposal of anyone who wants an organic lawn and does not want to have pests visiting their area. These methods can be performed by anyone who wants to try chemical-free lawns. If you are in or around the areas of Orinda, Lafayette, Concord or Walnut Creek, Laural Landscapes is available to get you started on the process or answer any questions you have. Here are some tips to get you started on creating a good organic lawn without the use of chemicals.


Test The Soil

The first step to creating a chemical-free lawn is to beef up weakened soil, which starts with a soil test. You will know which nutrients are lacking or are in good quality, which can make it easier to decide what products to use. For example, soil that lacks calcium can be dressed with gypsum, and soil low in magnesium can be fixed with langbeinite. Prepare your grass for the test by mowing it down to two inches.


Provide Healthy Soil

The next tip to have a chemical-free lawn is to provide your area with healthy, sustainable soil. To start, add a nutrient-rich layer of soil (five to six inches is best) to your lawn. Consider also adding manure to your lawn, enough to add moisture but not enough to saturate the area. Manure and grass clippings are known to release vital nutrients into the soil without destroying natural organisms vital to the soil’s well-being and longevity.


Mow Your Grass Appropriately

Healthy lawns are generally able to withstand the elements and grow much better than those neglected ones. If your grass is taller when you mow, it helps to prevent weed seeds from germinating and growing. Alternate your mowing pattern because this gives your lawn some variety. Also, keep your mower blades sharp; this will save you time mowing and make your job more clean.


Dress Lawn with Compost

If you want to give your lawn a boost, top dress it in the fall or spring with ¼-⅛ thick fine mix of compost and top soil. It can applied with a spreader and then evenly be raked into the grass. Doing this will help feed in dry spots and add color to your lawn. Grass grows through top soil, leading for more nutrients.


Monitor for Pests

Another way to maintain a lawn without chemicals is simply to monitor for pesky characters in the area. If you see them harming your lawn, try to remove them by mowing or watering the lawn. This will help little problems stay little and not escalate into something harmful for the lawn, and these can be removed without the use of chemicals.


Are You Considering an Organic Landscape for Your Home?

Making the decision to design and install an organic landscape for your home can be a big project to tackle all on your own.  At Laural Landscapes, we have been partnering with homeowners across Contra Costa County for more than 20 years, helping to bring their dream outdoor spaces to life and transforming their backyards and front yards into beautiful, sustainable, environmentally friendly, organic spaces that last a lifetime.  A landscape design is a holistic creation. It moves, breathes, changes all the time. Each element in it: the hardscape, plants, water, sky; interact with each other to be a green symphony.

What do you want your plant song to be? A quiet place for meditation, sports area, wildlife sanctuary, vegetable garden or a combination of things. All are possible. Your plant song is going to be different from anybody else’s because you are different from anybody else.  Ready to get started? If you are in or around the communities of Concord, Walnut Creek, Lafayette or Orinda give us a call or contact us for your free consultation at (925) 274-0782.  Laural Landscapes, Organic by Design.



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