If you follow the directions in this ebook, your
organic lawns will look as good
(or better) than the neighbours. And you, your kids, and your pets can
roll around out there playing without concern for noxious cancer or
disease-causing chemicals. Not only that, but the lawn care person in
the house no longer gets sprayed or doused with spray-drift every time
they work on or spray the lawn.
And your neighbors will thank you for
reducing the amount of chemicals in their environment as well.
Recent medical reports have pointed out that exposure to home
and garden chemicals are now tied directly to Parkinson’s diseases in
the middle-age population as well as the increasing incidence of
Lawn care accounts for the majority of
chemicals sprayed and acre for acre – homeowners use far more chemicals
than any farmer. You don’t have to be a great gardener or garden whiz
to understand these basic steps. In fact, in deciding to grow your lawn
organically, there are three primary questions most homeowners ask:
Will my lawn look as good as the neighbour's chemical lawn?
I don’t know how good the neighbour’s lawn looks but organic
lawns can be weed free and thick green, level expanses of turf. They
can be better than a chemical lawn.
I bet it is more expensive to have organic lawns?
Well, no actually. It is usually cheaper to have an organic
Organic weed controls double as fertilizers (corn gluten both
wipes out crab grass and provides all the nitrogen your lawn requires
for its spring feeding) and insect control using organic products can
last for several years -- the natural predators we use wipe out white
grubs and it takes the grubs three years to rebound in numbers.
the board, organic lawn practices can produce an excellent method of
control with less cost.
Well, then it has to be more work.
It depends. Let’s get the obvious out of the way. Mowing is
mowing – you’re going to do that no matter what kind of lawn you have.
With a thicker, healthier organic lawn you might have to mow one or two
extra times a season because your lawn will be growing better.
think there is "more" work, there are different kinds of work.
don’t spray insecticides regularly and you don’t spray your entire
lawn. You will spot spray individual weeds with organic herbicides. It
is a little more time consuming to only kill individual weeds that
survive rather than nuke the entire lawn.
You spread compost and granular corn gluten instead of spreading
granular fertilizers. So that’s the same.
But no – you’re not going to be chained to the lawn. Quite the
contrary. Successful organic lawns are designed to work with nature
instead of against nature.
OK – so what’s in the book?
I broke the book down into several sections on things you need
• First words –The Law of Unintended Consequences and
Mother Nature Never Breaks Her Own Rules
The first is that there are natural laws in gardening – for
example, high levels of nitrogen produce high levels of growth but this
lush thick growth attracts insects to eat the turf. You can’t get
around these and I introduce some of the fundamentals that you really
need to know. I’ll tell you how much fertilizer to use to create a
healthy lawn as well as a thick turf.
•Three Things You Need to Get Started
There are three things you really need to consider before you
get going. And here’s three practical tips that you’ll need to keep in
mind. These are the basics of what you need to do.
• Nine Steps for Success
This is the heart of the book. Here are nine basic steps –
organized from spring through fall – that you need to do to get that
lawn looking really good and chemical free. These are practical
directions from the amounts of products such as corn gluten to use to
how high to set your lawn mower (and why).
•The Myth of Thatch
I wish I had a dollar for every gardener who told me they had
thatch because some lawn care guy wanted to sell them some services.
Thatch is pretty rare except in overfed and overwatered lawns. And you
have to really abuse a lawn to create thatch. So here’s what to do
about it if you have messed up and here are the rules for watering and
feeding so you don’t do it again.
•Sell Your Lawn Roller
Lawn rolling is one of the fine old myths in the lawn care
business. Here’s why it is not only a waste of money but why experts no
longer recommend it.
•Dead Patches in the Spring – Here doggie, doggie!
Dogs are one of the biggest killers of lawns. Here’s what you
can do in the spring and here’s what you can do if you see a dog use
your lawn to prevent the problem.
•Organic Weed Control
Everbody wants to control weeds organically. Well, sounds like
a good idea to me so here’s the main tips and controls for eliminating
weeds on your lawn. Crab grass and dandelions are history.
•Moles and Voles and How to Eliminate them from your
These tiny creatures can do some serious damage to a lawn and
it sometimes seems like they just pop up overnight. Here’s how to
control them organically and effectively.
The white grub is the number one insect pest in lawns. It
doesn’t have to be as this section points out. Here’s how to control
grubs naturally and more effectively than with chemicals. These natural
predators create a three year window of success for your lawn.
•A Guy’s Guide to Low Maintenance Lawn Care.
And finally, here’s the section every guy needs. If you really
don’t want to spend much time on the lawn because it interferes with
your golf game, this section tells you what you need to do and what you
need to know.
I guarantee that if you follow the recommendations in this book, your
lawn will look great and you'll be happy with it.
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