Organic Lawn and Landscaping Maintenance Schedule

July 25, 2012 · Posted in Home improvement 

It’s never been simpler to tend to landscapes and lawns employing natural and organic treatment methods. With the spike in popularity, a wide range of organic lawn and landscaping products are readily available to homeowners. For those who prefer to have a professional lawn care company provide annual routine maintenance, many businesses are including organic and natural options to traditional programs. Following a basic schedule can guarantee a gorgeous landscape that is also pest-free.

Among the first jobs of the organic gardening schedule is to administer dormant oil, also known as horticultural oil. The best time to apply dormant oil is in the months of January and February whenever there will be a period when the temperature will not drop below 50 degrees for not less than twenty-four hours or more. Dormant oil can be sprayed onto landscaping to eliminate harmful and annoying insects and fungi including scale and spider mites. It is very toxic to annual flowers, though, so it’s wise to cover any plants that might be in the area that is receiving treatment.

The months of February and March are prime times for aerating lawns and landscaping. Proper aeration is essential to provide the means for water, nutrients and oxygen to permeate the lawn to get the best results. Liquid aeration contains soil microorganisms and humates and is applied to the landscape. Mechanical core lawn aeration can be done with any one of a number of instruments for that purpose. Mechanical coring works extremely well on St. Augustine grass that has suffered from severe winter weather.

Fertilizing at the outset of winter with a product that is abundant with potassium, magnesium and sulfur will guarantee that a landscape has the proper nutrients stored for spring growth. Even though the lawn and landscape may seem to have died, they are in fact merely dormant. It’s important to provide the appropriate fertilizer to support them through the cold weather of the winter months.

March, April and May are generally the time to apply natural fertilizer. When working with a natural fertilizer, there is no need to worry about over-fertilizing or having the fertilizer wash away. Natural fertilizers contain microbers that break down gradually, so that they supply nutrients slowly. If there are any acid loving plants such as azaleas, hollies and photinias in your landscaping, they will benefit greatly from an application of organic sulfur. Apply another round of organic fertilizer from around September to November. It will help supply lawns and landscaping a boost after having suffered through the heat of summer.

Organic gardening is more beneficial, as well as being safer, for the environment. It does not take any more time and it is no more costly or complicated than conventional methods of taking care of lawns and landscapes.

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