Organic Lawn Care for Beginners

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Chemicals can easily kill weeds, insects, and diseases, but they can also harm your kids, family, and pets. Organic lawn care is a great alternative to the traditional chemical treatments used to maintain your lawn.

Our team at House Method researched the natural lawn care options available across the country and we discovered that TruGreen provides nationwide lawn care plans with 100% all-natural fertilizer to ensure your lawn stays healthy and chemical-free.

Keep reading to learn more about organic lawn care or call TruGreen today at 888.535.3193 to get a free quote.

What is organic lawn care?

Organic lawn care is an all-natural lawn treatment option that combines non-toxic ingredients such as seaweed, bone meal, feather meal, and soybeans to maintain lawn health. By using natural products to manage your lawn, you avoid harmful chemicals like organophosphates, phenoxy and benzoic acid herbicides, carbamates, and pyrethroids that can cause respiratory problems and other health effects.

Organic lawn care shouldn’t be confused with integrated pest management (IPM). IPM focuses on using a natural lawn care strategy to control the biological production of pests, disrupt pest ecosystems, and prevent insects and rodents from damaging your lawn.

Organic lawn care vs. traditional lawn care

Unlike traditional lawn care, which typically incorporates synthetic materials, herbicides, fertilizers, and pesticides to remove, control, and prevent weeds and other lawn issues from occurring, organic lawn care takes an all-natural approach without the use of chemicals.

Though chemical-based lawn care products are effective, they have been proven to be harmful to humans and pets. Specifically, 12 of the 30 commonly used lawn pesticides are associated with birth defects and 25 of the 30 can cause liver or kidney damage.

Pros and cons of organic lawn care 

If you’re unsure whether organic lawn care is for you, compare the pros and cons of this type of lawn treatment below.

Pros Cons
Organic lawn care is more beneficial for your soil, reducing soil compaction and helping your lawn retain water. With organic ingredients, soil structure gets stronger and forms aggregates, which help your grass roots grow faster. Organic lawn treatments are more expensive than traditional lawn care treatments. 
Though chemical fertilizers can make your lawn appear healthy, organic fertilizers will actually improve your soil and promote better long-term lawn health. Organic lawn care takes longer to be effective, as opposed to traditional lawn care which starts working faster.
Organic lawn care is renewable, sustainable, and biodegradable. Best of all, organic lawn care reduces toxic buildup and allows plants to thrive. It’s harder to control weeds and grubs with organic lawn care products.

How to transition to organic lawn care

Swapping out traditional lawn care products overnight with natural alternatives won’t automatically improve your lawn. If you want to make the switch to natural lawn care, you should perform a soil analysis to determine your soil pH levels and what types of fertilizer are best for your lawn.

You can buy a DIY soil test or hire a professional to provide an analysis. If you do a soil test yourself, take it to your local extension office to help you analyze the results.

After performing a soil analysis, take note of what types of grasses you have—many healthy lawns have either cool-season grasses or warm-season grasses. Then, choose a high-quality, all-natural fertilizer which can help adjust imbalances in your soil.

Once you’ve chosen an all-natural foundation, you can begin mowing, overseeding, and aerating your lawn as normal.

Tools needed for organic lawn care

Since lawn care requires seasonal maintenance, there are a few tools that will help you maintain your natural lawn throughout the year. Here are some common tools that will best support your organic lawn care needs:

  • Leaf blower
  • Organic grass seeds and lawn fertilizer
  • Rake(s)
  • Water sprinkler or watering host
  • Thatch rake
  • Lawn trimmer
  • Lawn shears
  • Shovel or spade

Tips to maintain your organic lawn

Organically treated lawns require more maintenance than chemically treated lawns. If you go the natural route, expect to do more mowing and watering throughout the year.

Here are a few tips to ensure you have a beautiful lawn all year round:

  • Reuse grass clippings—When mowing, you can leave healthy grass clippings on the lawn rather than bagging them. This will help protect your lawn from weed growth.
  • Switch to an organic fertilizer—If you’re working with a professional lawn care service, ask about an all-natural fertilizer option. If you want to attempt DIY organic lawn care, you can create your own fertilizer by using seaweed, grass clippings, coffee grounds, corn gluten, and other natural materials. It’s best to fertilize in the spring and fall.
  • Set your lawn mower to a higher height—It can be tempting to cut your grass shorter, especially during peak growing seasons, but taller grass blades allow photosynthesis to occur easier and helps prevent weeds from growing.
  • Adjust your watering schedule—Watering your lawn during peak daylight hours can cause water to evaporate faster and cost you more money. Water in the early morning hours to ensure your lawn soaks up as much water as it can before it evaporates.
  • Remove weeds—Instead of buying a chemical solution from the store, make your own natural weed killer by mixing together vinegar, dish soap, and salt and spraying the solution on weeds.
  • Watch out for lawn pests—If you notice dying grass, bite marks on blades, or wilting blades, you could have a pest infestation. Remove weeds often, trim your grass regularly, and clear all standing water from your yard to prevent pests.
  • Create compost and add to your lawn—Compost is essentially decomposed organic matter that improves plant health and keeps pests away. You can make your own compost starting with simple materials like grass clippings, food scraps, leaves, twigs, and manure.

How to fix common organic lawn problems

Some organic lawn problems are unavoidable, while others can be completely prevented. Here are some common organic lawn problems and tips for fixing them:

  • Lawn diseases—To avoid fungi and other diseases, remove thatch and maintain steady, adequate moisture for your lawn.
  • Insect infestations—Common lawn pests include cutworms, mole crickets, Japanese beetles, and wireworms. To prevent these pests from infiltrating your lawn, remove thatch and apply natural, homemade insect repellents around your yard.
  • Weeds—Weeds are bound to pop up, regardless of what type of lawn you have. You can manage, control, and remove weeds organically by applying mulch or using organic pre-emergent and post-emergent treatments. You can also remove weeds by hand from your garden.
  • Grubs—Controlling grubs is easy with a grub control service plan, but if you want to prevent them, properly water your lawn and use non-toxic microorganisms (nematodes).

Even though organic lawn care requires more dedicated efforts, all-natural treatments ensure a healthier lawn in the long run.

Why TruGreen is a great organic lawn care option

When you treat your lawn with natural lawn care products, you’re protecting your family and pets and improving your lawn’s overall health. 

At House Method, we’ve reviewed the various lawn providers and found that TruGreen is the best lawn care company for organic lawn care. They offer grub services, pre-emergent services, and natural lawn care options. Best of all, they have reliable customer support, affordable plans, and customer guarantees. With a comprehensive lawn care plan from TruGreen, you can rest assured that you’re getting proper treatment and effective, long-term results. Learn about TruGreen organic lawn care options by calling 888.535.3193 or filling out the online form.

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