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Mountain Gardening: Natural Lawns

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I'm keeping my lawn green and weed-free naturally. The foundation for a healthy lawn starts with healthy soil, and I'll show you how to build it.

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Aerate. Open up the soil surface by mechanically pulling cores of soil to let water and nutrients move to roots. Aeration gets more oxygen into the soil to help the beneficial organisms that live there.

Top it off. Spread a thin layer of compost over the lawn after aerating to give the soil added nutrients and to help hold moisture.

Fertilize. Apply organic fertilizers, like alfalfa or corn gluten meal, to add nutrients slowly and naturally.

Stop weeds. Control weeds with corn gluten too. It's an organic pre-emergent weed control, if used before weed seeds germinate. Apply two to four weeks ahead of germination, usually from mid-March to early April. (Don't use corn gluten if you plan to overseed, or grass seed won't germinate.)

Don't mow low. Leave grass at least 2½ inches tall and cut only one third of the grass blade each time to reduce damage.

How are you ramping up your lawn?


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