Natural & Organic Lawn Care Practices
We believe that your lawn should look as good as possible but we also prioritize the health of the soil above the temporary looks of a manicured lawn. Thankfully, many people like yourself are starting to realize the need for change. There is now a strong interest in organic lawn care service, natural lawn care or “least-toxic turf care”. The growing interest is for the following reasons:
Safe – Organic Lawn Dressing & Aeration
Many homeowners’ lawns suffer from poor soil conditions due to low air circulation, heavy traffic, extreme temperatures, insufficient watering or lack of fertilizer. As a result, root growth slows or becomes stagnant, causing the lawn to thin out or turn brown.
To thicken and improve the overall health of your lawn, apply organic lawn dressing (sometimes called top dressing) – a fortified mixture of topsoil, compost and other micro nutrients that work to revitalize the soil. Lawn dressing reintroduces beneficial compounds that will restore the health of the soil. The results are generally visible within two weeks.
Aeration of your lawn is one of the best, natural ways to improve air circulation, insufficient watering, or lack of fertilizer. Because of the aeration holes left in the soil it becomes much easier for the lawn’s roots to access, and absorb what it needs to stay healthy and grow.
Natural & Organic Lawn Care Plans
Falling Branch Lawncare’s organic lawn dressing program is applied at a rate of 50 to 70 lbs per 1,000 square feet, delivering the ideal amount of nutrients without smothering the grass. For best results, homeowners should schedule this treatment in conjunction with other lawn care maintenance services, including overseeding (which further builds turf density) or lawn aeration. Check out our other post with our 5 Tips For A Beautiful Lawn where we cover lawn aeration and lawn care.
Native plants are adapted to the local climate and soil conditions where they naturally occur. These important plant species provide nectar, pollen, and seeds that serve as food for native butterflies, insects, birds and other animals. Unlike natives, common horticultural plants do not fit the bill. These adaptation bring us several gardening advantages.
- Wildlife Viewing
- Native plants, birds, butterflies, beneficial insects, and interesting critters are “made for each other.” Research shows that native wildlife prefers native plants.
- Save Water
- Once established, many native plants need minimal irrigation beyond normal rainfall.
- Low Maintenance
- Low maintenance landscaping methods are a natural fit with native plants that are already adapted to the local environment. Look forward to using less water, little to no fertilizer, little to no pesticides, less pruning, and less of your time.
- Pesticide Freedom
- Native plants have developed their own defenses against many pests and diseases. Since most pesticides kill indiscriminately, beneficial insects become secondary targets in the fight against pests. Reducing or eliminating pesticide use lets natural pest control take over and keeps garden toxins out of our creeks and watersheds.
- Support Local Ecology
- As development replaces natural habitats, planting gardens, parks, and roadsides with New York natives can provide a “bridge” to nearby remaining wildlands.
Going Chemical Free
Historically, organic lawn care has been practiced for much longer than chemical lawn care and it can easily be implemented on any lawn. Safe and effective alternatives exist for most chemical pesticides and fertilizers. There is no need to expose our families, communities and local wildlife to chemicals that are known or potential hazards. Switching to a chemical free yard has many advantages.
- Cleaner Water
- Fertilizers and pesticides run off or leaches away, ending up in ground or surface water, including wells. Affecting drinking water supplies and animal habitats.
- Safer for Humans and Pets
- Exposure to pesticides can cause a range of neurological health hazards such as loss of memory, loss of coordination, slowed responses to stimuli, impaired visual ability, altered mood and uncontrollable general behavior and slowed motor skills in adults and children.
- Healthier Soils
- Healthy soils contain millions of microbial that needed for healthy plants. Fungicides and pesticides kill off the microbial reducing the soils vitality
You can help pollinators, save money, and have clearer air by reducing the area of your property that you mow. If you have the space, consider letting an area of your lawn grow long. You’d be surprised what a little meadow can do for wildlife, especially fireflies!