Organic Lawns


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 childhood cancers.

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 lawn.

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.

Across 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.

I don’t think there is "more" work, there are different kinds of work.

You 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 to understand.


• 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 lawn.


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.

•Grub Control


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.

Doug

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