How can you grow a healthy, chemical free Denver lawn? Is protecting the environment more important than having a conventional green lawn to you? That’s OK. There are plenty of ways to keep your lawn green without damaging the eco-system.
Keep an aeration schedule.
Keeping the lawn aerated is vital to lawn health. It allows air to circulate. It enables nutrients and water to reach grass roots. It’s a completely natural and pesticide free way to boost the staying power of your lawn.
Your lawn also needs to be dethatched.
The roots of the grass can become twisted up in course, lifeless knots. Power raking will loosen those tangled roots so the more healthy ones can live and breathe freely.
Hand weed control is your best option.
Of course, it will be tedious. That’s OK. At least you’ll know that your lawn isn’t leeching chemicals into the environment. You don’t want to be a part of that. This planet is in bad enough shape without making things worse.
Natural fertilization isn’t that difficult.
Once the aeration and power raking are done, it will be time to fertilize. Whatever fertilizer you choose will benefit the lawn. Compost tea works very well on lawns. It doesn’t burn the grass or cause hazardous chemical laden run-off.
Keep your grass at about 2 inches.
Doing so allows for healthy growth. Longer grass requires too much nutrition. Shorter grass dries out faster. Use a hand push mower if you’re all about the environment. Gas mowers generate a good deal of pollution. Sure, they’re faster and easier. It’s just not worth the trade off. Plus, modern push mowers aren’t that difficult to use. They don’t require as much maintenance and they always start right up. That’s because you’re the engine.
Using a push mower is a great workout.
Implement lawn alternatives.
Try replacing part of the lawn with native perennials. Is there one section of our front lawn that’s just bare dirt? Rather than buying more water sucking sod, replace the grass with something else. Use edible herbs for a dual purpose lawn that requires little water.
By relocating herbs that take up valuable gardening space, more room for edibles will be created in the conventional garden.
Portions of this article were originally published by this author on a now closed Yahoo property.