More homeowners are discovering the beauty of living life organically. Not only are they taking care to cook and eat foods that are not overly processed and doused with synthetic chemicals, but they're also paying attention to what they wear and bring into their homes, avoiding volatile organic compounds and other hazardous substances whenever possible. So it's only natural that they would follow up with organic gardening and lawn care.
Perhaps you're ready to dispense with harsh chemicals when it comes to caring for your lawn. After all, you fell in love with the dream home you found with Beavercreek homes for sale, and you'd like to create a healthful haven indoors and outside for you and your family.
How to get started? Our REALTORS® have picked up a thing or two from their clients, among them tips for an organic lifestyle. Here are some top tips for lawn care.
- Get rid of weeds.
It's not easy to do organically, but it's got to be done. Some lawn care methods involve using hot water; vinegar, water, and salt; or baking soda. But be aware these methods may not reach the root, and if you use vinegar strong enough to kill weeds, it might kill your nearby grass too. (Household vinegar's usually 5 percent, while industrial vinegar is super caustic at 20 percent and can be dangerous to handle.) Several tough organic weedkillers are sold in garden stores and online, so take your pick but do be careful that it doesn't overflow onto your grass.
- Test your soil, and beef up nutrients.
If you don't know anything about local soils, it's a good idea to have your soil tested, so you know what nutrients it's missing. Dig up a couple of cups of soil from your lawn in different areas and find a soil testing lab (your local nursery can advise you on this) to send it off to. In the meantime, finish de-weeding and then mow to about 2 inches. Remove thatch (roots and dead grass that form a mat on the surface). Rent an aerator and go to town on the aeration so your soil can better absorb whatever additives you put on it.
- Add compost.
Whether you make it yourself with grass clippings and vegetable parings, or you buy it in bags or by truckload from nurseries, you will need compost. Organic compost is full of all the beneficial organisms your lawn needs: good bacteria, nematodes, fungi, and algae. This type of additive is helpful to keep your soil from getting diseases. Brewing up a compost tea and spraying it on the lawn once a month will also be a big help.
- Add organic fertilizers.
Periodically you will need to apply fertilizer to your lawn. Although the ingredients may differ, a typical organic fertilizer might have seaweed for potassium, bone meal for phosphorous, and feather meal for nitrogen. Organic fertilizers are known for slowly releasing nutrients, unlike synthetic fertilizers, which give plants a quick, strong jolt that can sometimes damage them. Fertilize in the spring and fall.
- Crowd out weeds.
The thicker your grass is, the easier it will be to crowd out weeds. So once you've got thick, healthy, and established grass, plant grass seed in bare areas, such as those places where you've gotten rid of weeds or where the soil may have been previously too poor to grow healthy grass.
Do you have questions about buying or selling a home in Beavercreek? Our knowledgeable real estate staff can help. Contact Wright-Patt Realty today.