If you’re looking for a natural and organic way to take care of your lawn, you’ve come to the right place! Here at Monona Lawn & Landscaping, we provide organic lawn care services that will keep your grass healthy and green all year round. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the most important aspects of organic lawn care, including weed control, fertilization and more. So read on to learn more!

What is Organic Lawn Care?

An organic or natural lawn care program is one that uses natural ingredients and methods to achieve a healthy lawn rather than synthetic fertilizers or herbicides. This includes using organic fertilizers, and other techniques that will improve the health of your soil without harming the environment.

A natural lawn care program often includes both organic fertilizers and organic weed control methods. The specific products used vary depending on the company, but they all share a common goal: create and maintain a healthy lawn. So without further ado, let’s dive into some of the organic weed control and fertilizer options.

Organic Lawn Weed Control Options

Organic lawn weed control can be difficult, especially when compare to the ease of conventional chemical options. But with a little bit of patience and perseverance, it is certainly possible to achieve a weed-free lawn using natural methods.

Corn Gluten

One pre-emergent organic weed killer is corn gluten. This natural substance can be found in most garden stores and prevents weed seeds from germinating. Simply apply it to your lawn in the spring, and you should see a significant reduction in the number of weeds that sprout up throughout the season.

Be aware, this is only a per-emergent weed control method, meaning it will only prevent new weed seeds from germinating. So if you have an already existing weed problem, this method will not get rid of them. However, the next method we discuss will!

Acetic Acid or Horticultural White Vinegar

Another commonly mentioned organic weed control agent is vinegar. You can either use straight acetic acid, which can be found at most hardware stores, or horticultural white vinegar, which is a bit weaker and can be found at most garden stores. Don’t use typical household vinegar, as it’s not strong enough to be effective.

Although acetic acid can help control weeds, beware it can require more frequent applications and may damage your grass if not used properly. When using either straight acetic acid or horticultural white vinegar, be sure to avoid any areas with desirable plants. Unlike conventional herbicides, acetic acid is not selective of the plants it kills.

Organic Fertilizers

Besides weed control, fertilizing your lawn is an essential part of keeping it healthy and green. Just like with weed control, there are many organic fertilizer options available on the market. Each of these amendments have widely varying nutrients. Unlike conventional fertilizers you will need to use different products depending on the specific needs of your lawn.

Milorganite

One common organic lawn amendment is Milorganite. Milogranite is manufactured in Milwaukee. So if you are from Wisconsin like us, Milorganite is a great local option to consider! Milogranite is a great general purpose organic fertilizer that delivers nutrients to your lawn over a period of approximately 10 weeks while soil microbes break it down.

Milogranite is also very safe to use on your lawn if you have small children or pets. In fact, it isn’t toxic to humans or pets. However, avoid ingestion since it can cause vomiting due to the high iron content. Like all fertilizers, be sure to store Milogranite away from children and pets.

Compost

compost pile ready for use as a yard amendment.

Perhaps the most common organic amendment is compost. Compost is simply decomposed organic matter. This can be leaves, grass clippings, or fruit and vegetable scraps from your kitchen. You can even compost meat products in commercial composting facilities!

Compost is needs to be spread on your lawn in order to be effective. A general rule of thumb is to apply a ½” layer of compost over your entire lawn. Be sure to evenly distribute the compost so that you don’t end up with any bare spots. There are specialty tools to help you get an even spread such as this compost spreading roller.

Blood Meal

A less common, but important natural lawn treatment is blood meal. Blood meal is a natural source of nitrogen. Nitrogen is one of the three essential macronutrients that your lawn needs in order to stay green and healthy. Many organic nutrient sources don’t have a lot of nitrogen. So if your lawn is in need of a quick green-up, blood meal can be a great option.

While blood meal is a great natural source of nitrogen, it can be very messy to apply. We recommend using a drop spreader or a lawn fertilizer spreader to apply blood meal. If you get any on your clothing, be sure to wash it off as soon as possible as it can stain. Unfortunately it also has a bit of an odor, so be prepared to hold your breath!

Frequently Asked Questions

Does organic lawn care help improve soil health?

One major advantage of organic lawn care is that it can help improve your soil. Soil health is important for the long term health of your lawn. By using natural products, you are encouraging beneficial microbes to thrive in your soil. These microbes help break down organic matter and make nutrients available to your lawn. Over time, this will lead to healthier lawn.

That being said, conventional lawn care doesn’t discourage healthy soil if it is done properly. Conventional products can also be broken down by soil microbes and used by your lawn. Regardless of the method you choose, be sure to closely follow the product instructions to prevent soil issues. If you don’t feel comfortable taking on this task yourself, contact a trust worthy lawn care professional to help you.

Can I still have a healthy lawn using natural lawn care methods?

Healthy green lawn maintained naturally.

Absolutely! You can still maintain a healthy lawn using natural methods. That being said, be prepare to do more frequent work to prevent your lawn from becoming a weed patch. Natural lawn care requires more vigilance and time commitment than conventional methods. But many people find the extra work to be worth it in order to avoid using synthetic chemicals on their lawn.

Natural Lawn Care Madison WI

Thanks for reading! We hope this article has helped you understand the basics of organic lawn care. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us. Our team would be happy to help! We offer a variety of environmentally friendly services including lawn care, landscaping, & snow removal services. In case you didn’t know, our company is carbon negative! So we are helping make the world green, one yard at a time.