A Healthy Lawn Prevents Lawn Problems
When we're aiming to reduce the environmental impacts of our lawns by using organic lawn care practices, one of the very best ways we can do this is by stopping the lawn from developing problems in the first place, therefore eliminating the need for any chemical treatments altogether, or to greatly minimise the need for these products at minimum.
We can do this by creating a strong healthy lawn which is naturally more resistant to weeds, pests and diseases. And while a strong healthy lawn will never be completely immune to developing problems, it will most easily fight off many problems naturally without any intervention from us, and many times without us even knowing there was a problem to begin with.
If in the worst case scenario that we need to apply treatments to our lawns to cure any problems, a healthy lawn will also be far more immune to adverse effects from treatments such as weed sprays than if the lawn were in poor health.
Choosing organic lawn care does not mean we need to let our lawns fall into poor health from lack of care. In fact the opposite is the case, a strong healthy lawn should be the aim of everyone wanting to create and own an environmentally responsible lawn.
By ensuring our lawns are both strong and healthy year round, we greatly reduce the need for any chemical treatments such as weed sprays, fungicides and insecticides, and a healthy lawn which is watered properly will have a deeper root system which needs far less water.
A Healthy Lawn Is Not A Manicured Lawn
Let's make it clear when we speak of a strong healthy lawn, we are not talking about a high maintenance manicured lawn - which is in opposition to the principles of Organic Lawn Care.
What Is a Strong Healthy Lawn
A healthy lawn is one which has a longer mowing height, is watered infrequently and properly (ie deeply), receives a good year round balanced diet of organic and sometimes non-organic fertilisers, receives lawn mowing when required, and has a good quality lawn soil which is free flowing.
The healthy organic lawn should naturally have a nice green colour for most of the year, but may brown off a little at times of stress, such as drought conditions, higher temperatures, or in Winter - and that's OK.
So remember, the key to maintaining an organic lawn which is environmentally responsible is to aim for the best lawn health possible.