Friday, November 4, 2011

Natural Lawn Care

We're a bit behind on our fall chores. Fall is the perfect time to re-seed your lawn, I always thought that you only seeded your lawn once and then it was a lawn and you wouldn't have to do it again . . . ever. I was wrong.
Since we are trying to keep our lawn 100% natural and organic, weed control can be a bit of a problem. The best way to naturally keep weeds at bay is to make a lush full lawn. If there is tons of grass growing then the weeds have less room to grow.
So here's the process:

1.   De-thatch your lawn. I didn't know what thatch was but the best way to describe it would be the dead layer of grass between your blades of grass. You might not have any thatch, but we had a fair amount. A good way to tell is, if you walk on the grass and it's very soggy, kind of like carpet would be if you soaked it, then you probably have some thatch. You'll want to remove it before you seed so that your seeds can hit the soil and grow, otherwise a lot of your seeds would just sit on top of dead grass and not grow.
- To de-thatch your lawn you'll need a thatch rake,


and tons of muscles (mainly back and butt muscles): (p.s. check out my sweet yoga pants tucked into argyle rubber boots . . . hold on Vogue is calling)

2.    Dispense seed over lawn. Our lawn gives new meaning to the word postage stamp, seriously if a small yard is a postage stamp then our yard is Elvis's hair on an Elvis postage stamp (otherwise known as a really really small yard) so we didn't need a special seed dispenser, Lee just did it by hand. If you had a large area to do, it might make more sense you use a dispenser for a more even coating.

3.    Grab some beautiful compost (from your compost bin) or from the store :) and spread it around your lawn, it helps the seeds get started, it's also like a mini feeding of fertilizer for you lawn.



4.     Sit back and admire what a mess you just made of your lawn and how it looked so much better before you started the process!
It's true it will look a little thin (kind of like your husband looked in his late 20's (or at least my husband :) you know, still has most of his hair, but it's becoming clear that won't be the case forever . . . that level of thin )
And yes, a thin layer of dirt on your lawn kind of makes it look like you have large burrowing animals. But the compost eventually disintegrates into the earth and the seeds start to sprout and come Spring you'll have fewer weeds to pull and you'll have more time to contemplate your husbands hair line :) hehe Just kidding!

In Summary:
De-thatch your lawn with a thatch rake Less than $30 at Home Depot
Seed your lawn
Sprinkle compost on lawn
Think about husbands hair (optional)
Pull fewer weeds in Spring.
DONE!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

I'll be organizing kitchen cupboards and whipping up a How To: Slipcover a round ottoman post.

Lee will be making some progress on the barn door for the dining room, and doing something to the engine of his car, only one of which will be making it into next week's post . . . Let's hope he makes some good progress on the door, or we'll all get to learn where spark plugs live :) haha

8 comments:

  1. De-thatching looks strangely satisfying (maybe I'm just weird! I also find weeding satisfying. Yup, weird.) We moved into a brand new house and we just seeded our yard for the first time this fall. It's 1 acre though. No manual de-thatching or seeding for us! But we also want to keep it natural; we'd need way to many chemicals if we weren't to go natural.

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  2. Lawn care! What a concept! heehee our from yard has been invaded by shady moss! Hope you have a great weekend Ashli! As for pics of our buns crib...Hopefully soon...Still loads to do in the nursery before we can even set it up! Busy weekend with Cirque and a Baby Shower for moi! xoxo have a super day!

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  3. We need to do this to our yard. There are some spots that look a little sad. Have a fun weekend!

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  4. This is when I'm glad my little brother is a landscaper!! LOL We will be resodding our entire backyard again next spring before the big graduation party. Good luck getting Lee out of the garage, or is his excuse that the barn door project is in there too ;) That would be Mark! I am working on our kitchen cabinets too...just sorted the baking pans today. Gotta get ready for the holidays.

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  5. I had NO idea that reseeding was necessary! We don't have a lawn to speak of at the moment, but when we redo our garden I will remember this. I am all for organic gardening and lovely lawns.

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  6. I always wondered what those funny looking rakes were for, good to know.

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  7. Thank you for the information. Very useful tips for a gardener like me.

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  8. Very informative and detailed information. Thank you for this. this helps me a lot for my gardening.

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