Is Organic Lawn Care Better?
Is it better for you, your family and your pets?
After some research, Alec McClennan began to fertilize his own family’s lawn naturally, without chemicals. After college, he founded Good Nature Organic Lawn Care, serving Cleveland, Akron, Columbus, and Indianapolis with plans to launch in the Chicago area next year.
Alec Explains Traditional Chemical vs. Organic Care
Chemical Lawn Care
The traditional chemical-based approach feeds and supports the plants directly, but ignores the soil, kills the bugs, diseases, and weeds.
Unfortunately, it also kills anything that would organically and naturally support the grass.
Organic Lawn Care
The organic approach doesn’t focus on pests or problems but it feeds the soil and microorganisms to build a diverse microbial life that supports the desired plants. Pre- and probiotics support our human gut health similarly.
Organic Lawn Care Won’t Hurt Water Resources
Things to consider with chemical lawn care:
- Chemical fertilizer isn’t necessarily harmful to humans but it becomes harmful in the water. Those same nutrients feed the algae, which robs the water of oxygen, so when it becomes too abundant it creates dead zones, a serious problem for Lake Erie.
- Also, fertilizers contribute to Toxic Algae in Lake Erie, starting its growth in shallow areas and spreading out from there. Five years ago, Toledo, Ohio had to shut down the drinking water for two days.
- Chemical pesticides may be a lesser problem with water but personal exposure to you, your family and pets? That’s questionable. Pets are on the lawn in their “bare feet,” so much lower to the ground, carrying the chemicals into your house, also.
Alec loves the outdoors and his own children play in his yard. He says, “Better to have a couple weeds than to risk other issues.”
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Clover Is Beneficial to a Lawn
Until recent years, grass seed was combined with clover but at some point, clover got a bad name.
Clover pulls nutrients out of the air, affixes nitrogen, and feeds itself and the grass. Besides that, clover shades the soil surface, helping to minimize weeds. And clover flowers feed the bees, too!
Now, micro clover is available for people who don’t like the flowers but it’s still a healthy part of a green lawn.
Organic Weed Control
As for dandelions, they have deep roots which actually promotes better soil, and you have to admit they’re beautiful in the spring, but people don’t usually like them. Organic lawn care uses nutrients that encourages grass growth but the weeds don’t like it so dandelions are minimized.
Rather than a chemical weed killer, eliminate weeds organically in mulch beds, patios, and driveway cracks using a homemade recipe that includes vinegar, clove oil, lemon juice or other safe household products.
Organically Repel Insects
If you want to go outside without being the main course at your backyard BBQ, Good Nature has natural sprays from garlic and cedar oils that repel mosquitos, ticks and fleas. Although there may be a strong scent for just a few hours, the bugs continue to stay away for weeks.
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