News : 6 Tips to Get a Green Lawn, In a Green Way

Jun 23, 2015

Originally published in the Portsmouth Herald.

By Kristyn Lak Miller

The quest to have a green lawn is a deep-rooted desire for many Americans, growing the lawn care industry into a multi-billion dollar business in the United States.

“As the saying goes, ‘the grass is always greener on the other side,’ but we think it’s more important that the grass is healthier on your side,” said Jason Lefebvre of Purely Organic Lawn Care, based in Portsmouth. “The beauty is that, with the advancement of organic lawn care practices and products, your healthy lawn can also be gorgeously green.”

Lefebvre shares six tips for getting a naturally green lawn:

1. GROWING: There are several varieties of grass plants and it’s important to grow the right one for your environment — for instance, don’t plant shade-loving grass in your sunny front lawn.

2. WATERING: Water your lawn two to three times per week, spending 20 to 30 minutes per zone. By saturating the soil, the grass roots reach deep to get water — building the roots provides grass with drought tolerance and the capability to survive hot days.

3. FERTILIZING: Over-application of fertilizer is common, and too much fertilizer can kill grass, wastes product and money, and can leach out and contaminate watersheds — make sure to follow the application directions for your organic fertilizer.

4. FIGHTING WEEDS: There are both pre-emergent and post-emergent products that can prevent or eliminate weeds. If you have weeds, choose the least toxic product you can find and spot-spray where needed, trying to avoid blanket spraying your entire lawn—also make sure the product you use isn’t a non-selective herbicide, which will kill the weed and the grass.

5. FIGHTING PESTS: Pests like ticks and mosquitos are potentially dangerous nuisances, and it’s possible to eliminate them by applying natural essential oils — unlike conventional treatments, areas treated this way can be re-entered just 15 minutes after the application, and treatment is often effective for 30 to 60 days.

6. BEING GREEN-ISH: If you aren’t able to control issues like weeds with organic products, you may have to use a conventional solution —often a single application will do the trick and you can return to the organic/natural products in the future, ultimately ending up with a completely organic lawn.

Read the full story in the Portsmouth Herald.