Lawns, we love them and we hate them. They add beauty to the landscape and are a playground for our kids and pets. They also take a lot of time, money and toxic chemicals, especially if you want that golf course look. These chemicals seep into the soil, the water table and the air. Our children and pets play on those chemicals where they are tracked inside with no sun or wind to break them down.
Organic lawns are the safer way to go, but you have to be able to tolerate a few weeds as your lawn transitions to a chemical free lawn. Weeds are a symptom of poor soil. Crabgrass for instance grows where grass won’t, like near the driveway. Once the soil is corrected and a deeper root system develops to encourage thicker turf, weeds will eventually be crowded out.
If weeds really bother you, there are several non-toxic remedies for eliminating them like using cider vinegar. For recipes, click here. But for those of you who prefer to buy a ready made product, I just discovered an all natural organic weed control called Garden Weasel Crabgrass Killer. Its active ingredient is cinnamon bark and is effective in killing crabgrass, chickweed, clover and other similar weeds. Garden Weasel AG crabgrass control is safe around people, pets and the environment and is easy to use. Just wet the area you want to treat with water and then sprinkle the product. It will only kill the active crabgrass and weeds, not the grass or seeds. You can order it online from dirtdoctor.com.
So, make the change this year to an organic lawn. Everyone benefits from safer lawns.