3 Simple Steps, Garden

3 Simple Steps – Yard Care

With spring around the corner (we hope) in the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere (hi friends to the south) moving into fall I’d thought it time to mention:

3 Simple Steps – Lawn Care

(1) When you mow let the clippings fall back to the ground. This will provide nutrients for the lawn, food for the good microbes in the soil, and save you a bit of work.

If you must bag the clippings then: Compost – either in your yard or through a community composting program. compost

[Many communities now have green waste cans along with the trash and recycling cans – YAY for them. If you’re community has yet to get with modern times most landfills or transfer stations offer a green waste drop off. This is also a good place to pick up inexpensive compost or mulch]


(2) Aerate – this process allows needed nutrients to reach the roots of your lawn aeration-graphic
There are many devices touting they can aerate your lawn (shoes with spikes – they don’t work, equipment to buy or rent) the easiest is to hire a lawn care company to come and aerate for you. They have the right equipment and it is fairly inexpensive. As a bonus you won’t have to deal with the care and storage of another piece of machinery. If you think of renting an aerating machine keep in mind those suckers are heavy and you will have to transport and clean the equipment.

(3) For that extra green boost switch to an electric mower or better yet a new push mowerreel mower
Want even more organic lawn care tips? Check out this slide show from Popular Mechanic.
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