Additional steps for maintaining a great lawn.
- Keep mower blades sharp through the season.
- Do not cut during the heat of the day.
- Never cut more than 1/3 of a blade at a time.
- Cutting too much at once puts the plant into stress mode.
- Use mulching mower.
- Leave grass clippings on the lawn. This is an excellent free source of nitrogen and organic matter.
- Overwatering actually fosters many turf diseases.
- Watering 1-2” should be satisfactory for lawns in established organic programs.
- Do not water late in the day or at night.
- Water thoroughly and deeply, light watering causes problems.
- Established organic lawns are drought-tolerant – let nature do the watering.
It’s all about the soil!
- If soil is poor or has little food or other resources or has been damaged by a chemical application, all organisms can’t survive.
- 95% of the activity in the soil is in the organic matter portion of the soil.
- Turf grass roots don’t grow in the soil – they grow in the air spaces between soil particles.