Soil contains organisms that require the same things we require such as to drink, breathe, eat, digest & excrete.When the soil is healthy, your grass or plants will grow healthier and stronger.
This is why you see some people have much greener lawns than the person right across the street. Thus showing the example of why healthy soil is key for a greener lawn.
Organically vs. Chemically Treated Soil
You can use chemicals to feed & fertilize your lawn or you can go the organic route. Which is better?
Using chemicals we all know poses health and environmental problems if not used properly. But it can be done. Chemical treating is a temporary solution as it does run off the lawn or dissipates over a period of time.
If you have pets or your kids play out in the yard a lot, there is the chance of causing problems for them as well as the environment. This is why if you are going to use chemicals it is essential that you don’t overuse them.
Organically treated lawns really work good because you are using a natural fertilizer like grass clippings & compost. The difference is you are actually feeding the soil food as the chemical fertilizers feed the plants or grass.
When your soil is healthy & fed with natural materials and not compacted, organisms go through its natural processes the way it was designed naturally to do.
Organically treated lawns also allow the soil to self-aerate which helps your plants or grass to get better air, water & nutrients to the roots that promote healthier growth.
Healthy Soil Benefits
Growing in healthy soil results in your plants or grass being more drought tolerant, disease resistant & maintenance free. This means you will see healthier & greener lawns which are everyone’s dream.
Tip: You can also make your soil healthier by administering lime or dolomite to correct the ph levels. Normal levels are around 5.5 to 7.0. Above 7.0 is considered alkaline while below 7.0 is acidic.
But never try to use this method without testing the soil. You can actually cause more harm by killing the grass or other plants.
Always do a soil test because it will tell you how much Nitrogen (N), Phosphorous (P), Potassium (K), sulfur and other nutrients your soil needs. Never guess what it needs.
You can purchase a soil tester kit from Amazon (DIY Soil Test Kit or Electronic Soil Tester) or right here at Old School Lawn Supplies.
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