Natural Lawn Care: It’s Spreading

Contractors, campuses,  and homeowners are clamoring for natural lawn care solutions.  Why?

  • SAFETY & ENJOYMENT: Everyone likes a safe lawn where their pets or kids can play.
  • BANS ON PESTICIDES: Lots of communities have enacted bans on cosmetic pesticides. Due to these policies, people that still want to achieve a lush, dark, green lawn are looking for different options.
  • STORMWATER MANAGEMENT: Healthy soils reduce pollutants entering watersheds, and natural lawn care helps produce healthy soils.

Here are a few pieces of advice on how to love your lawn, naturally.

LAWN CARE ADVICE #1: Healthy Soil = Healthy Roots

As you can see in the following video, healthy soil = healthy roots. (And unhealthy soil will often lead to wimpy roots!)  You want to support your soil. One of the best ways to do that is by adding a natural soil builder, such as a 1/4-inch or 1/2-inch layer of compost, to the soil each spring or fall.

LAWN CARE ADVICE #2: Small Choices Can Add Up to a Big Difference

The following video shows how a few small choices can support your natural lawn care goals.

  • Trim the Top: Set your lawnmower on its highest settings.
  • Grasscycle: Let your soil pick up what you put down; let the clippings land and return to the soil.
  • Support Your Soil: As mentioned earlier, apply a topdressing of compost or lawn soil each spring or fall.

LAWN CARE ADVICE #3: Figure out How Much You Need and How to Spread

As you look out at your yard or vast acreage, you might wonder, “How much compost or lawn soil do I need?”   Two tips:

Then, you might wonder, “How do I spread the compost or lawn soil?” Here are a few options:

  • Spreaders: There are a few main categories of spreaders available at your nearby lawn and garden supply store. The main three variables you’ll need to navigate are:
    • Push or Tow Behind
    • Broadcast or Drop
    • Size
  • Blower truck: Harvest partners with local blower truck operators that can spread the product for you.
  • Hand broadcast: In smaller spaces it’s possible to spread soil amendments by hand, then rake into the turf surface.

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11 replies
  1. Bill B
    Bill B says:

    If I put down 1/2″ of compost, should I also add fertilizer. Not sure if there is anything in the lawn fertilizer I buy that would act as compost. Can I “overdo” compost/fertilizer?

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    • Meredith Sorensen
      Meredith Sorensen says:

      Hi Bill,
      Great question. In short, it’s up to you.

      In long, start with compost or a lawn soil. Compost/lawn soil will support the entire performance of your soil; it’s going to improve the physical (structure and tilth), chemical (enabling nutrient uptake by roots), and biological properties (healthy soil is teeming with micro- and macro-organisms). The equivalent in human care would be a strong body (working out), plenty of rest and nutrition (fueling), and a dynamic community (friends and family). Sometimes, even with a healthy happy body, we need a “boost” in vitamins or minerals. The same is true for your soil. So we’d suggest starting with compost/lawn soil and getting all those pieces in place. Then if your lawn still needs a “boost”, perhaps consider an additional fertilizer with a high “N” value.

      Good luck, and keep us posted on your progress with your lawn!

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  2. Bob
    Bob says:

    I use to play a lot of soccer and fields like that in the picture were AMAZING to play on. Since then I’ve always wanted to make my own lawn that nice. Super short grass and a super smooth surface. With your tips, I may just get there! Thank you for this site, it’s fantastic.

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  3. Dan
    Dan says:

    I’m gonna have to tell some of my customers about this. I try to always give them more than just garbage can cleaning service so that they really feel valued and keep coming back. Plus my good friend is a landscaper so I’m going to see if he knows any of this stuff. Thanks for the info!

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  4. Tony
    Tony says:

    I watched my neighbor add a bunch of compost to his lawn in these past winter months. It smelled bad that’s for sure, but now the it’s getting to be spring again, i sure notice the difference in between both of our lawns. His lawn looks great! Mine? Not so much.

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  5. Ram
    Ram says:

    These are some excellent tips! I try to tell our customers that some of the best fertilizer for their lawns is the clippings from mowing it. It helps with having to clean up after and it’s all natural. I also agree very much with feeding the soil in spring and fall. Lawn aerating to help it absorb into the soil also works great. Good soil equals strong and healthy turf.

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