Using organic compost is the natural chemical free way to have a green healthy and vagrant lawn, not only during the fall months, but year round.
Compost is one of the easiest was to keep your lawn healthy and green. This is preferable because it’s is safe and organic. You are not constantly adding chemical based fertilizer to your lawn or garden. It is best to compost your lawn this fall, then again in the spring and early summer months.
Compost is great fertilizer because besides having nutrients like nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus it often has trace elements in it. You normally do not find trace elements in commercial fertilizers.
Some additional benefits to using compost are:
Compost will not burn your grass
Compost won’t smell as do old manure-based fertilizers
Compost won’t stain your concrete or brick walkways
Compost works fast
Compost is not expensive compared to commercial fertilizers
Start with a good, fine-textured compost. Garden centers carry good, bagged compost that is ready to use. You can also use home -made compost if you have some that you produced for yourself. Just make sure that it is fine textured so it will rake out evenly without leaving clumps. I suggest using some fine hardware screen to sift out the lumps.
Spread the compost. You can use a shovel or just start dumping the compost out of the bag around your lawn. Do not apply it thickly.
With a flexible garden rake spread out the compost over your lawn until it is about ¼” thick. You want a fairly thin layer. Do not apply it much thicker. More is not better. This will only cause you problems such as smothering your grass. When you are done raking you should not see very much compost showing through the grass.
Once you have raked a nice thin evenly applied layer of compost, water it in for 15 to 20 minutes. Take care of your lawn as normal, applying water regularly. Do not mow your lawn for about 1 week. Allow the compost 7 or 8 days to break down and release its nutrients. After one week you can return to mowing your lawn just as you regularly would.
That is it!
If you compost your lawn 2 or 3 times a year, it will be very lush and healthy. You will never want to use regular chemical lawn fertilizers again. If you are looking for an organic way to have a healthier lawn, this is it. Also once you have your green healthy lawn don’t forget to check out our website for garden decor items to bring that uniqueness that only you can bring to your lawn, garden or patio.