Wean Your Lawn From Chemicals Gradually
If you’ve had your lawn on a chemical diet and you want to
“go green” gradually, here are two things that will help your
lawn look better while you make the switch.
Use a “bridge” fertilizer that contains both organic and
synthetic nitrogen to wean your lawn from chemicals
over two to four years. These are typically labeled
“organic-based” and the label will list different types of
nitrogen. The synthetic nitrogen produces a quicker
spring green-up while the organic nitrogen releases
slowly and encourages soil microbes.
Reseed your lawn with grass varieties that will work with
your existing turf, climate and soil. Talk to your extension
service about varieties that require the least fertilizing
and watering. Use a mixture of grass species when over-seeding
to make the lawn less susceptible to drought,
disease, weed and insect problems.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Visit eartheasy.com, ohioline.osu.edu/lines/hygs.html and safelawns.org. Also check out The Organic
Lawn Care Manual by Paul Tukey (This book is available through our affiliation with amazon.com for about $18.)