Your lawn is the platform that the rest of the garden is set around. Different people have different ideas about what is a good lawn. Some do not mind a few daisies in the lawn but everyone would like to be rid of the perennial weeds.
So if you use pesticides to remove weeds from your lawn, the pesticides kill indiscriminately, killing pests along with their natural insect predators. So once insect predators are eliminated, pest populations grow in ever increasing numbers, which means you need to use even more pesticides to eradicate them.
Who uses the Lawn most in the family? Would it be the Children?
Children are particularly vulnerable to pesticides, and are the most likely to be exposed to lawn pesticides. Children living in homes using pesticides are at a higher risk of developing leukaemia, lymphoma, and asthma. If the children are kept off of the lawn, it has to be remembered that the chemicals can easily be tracked into the house. Lawn chemicals are just as harmful to pets.
A healthy lawn will manage to overcome most weeds, drought, pests and diseases more effectively than a lawn in poor condition.
Start by testing your ph and if it is below 5.5 then add some limestone or dolomite during the autumn, this helps to remove the thatch and encourages the worms to burrow, which will help to aerate the lawn, and improve structure. Cut your lawn more frequently, so that your trimmings are kept to a minimum, and can be left on the lawn to feed it. The decomposing cuttings releases up to 30% of your lawns needed nutrients. Only leave on the trimmings on the lawn when it is warm and the decomposing rate is good.
In the spring be sure to give your lawn a good rake, to remove any debris, and use a fork to "hole" the ground to open it up. Reseed any bare patches, as these will just attract weeds. Any perennial weeds are best hand pulled, before mowing.
Many people see clover as a weed but it collects nitrogen from the air and gives it back to the soil for the grass to feed on. If your lawn is in need of a feed, then use a slow release organic fertilizer in the spring or summer.
If the grass is very thin then you need to spread fresh seed, after you have given the lawn a good raking, roll it in if you can and be sure to keep the area damp. You can give a light covering of sand to help keep the birds from eating it all.
Lawn problems mostly stem from compaction, poor drainage, over acidity, shade, too close mowing, underfeeding and drought, as all these can encourage moss to take over. Identifying and treating the problem will allow the grass to take the place of moss. Chemical moss killers won't cure the problem long term.
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