Note: Some associations and individuals do not water. This is all the more reason to go with natural land care. The synthetic weed and feed formulas require water. Furthermore, it is imperative to plant a mix of local grass seed. See your Agway or other retailer that carries such. A mix of grass types will thrive and survive extreme weather conditions. Note: When this group refers to dandelions, keep in mind, that with these smart practices, the soil will be healthier and there will be less space for them. Keeping some in is a good thing as they help with keeping the soil aerated and, good insects like them. Also, dandelions are edible (and so are plantains, which also assist with aerating)! In the early stages of the conversion, you can keep dandelions from spreading by simply taking off the yellow heads before they go to seed. (Go to link below to read more about the whys and hows to establish safe, natural lawns/land.)
- Soil: the foundation for plant health, strong deep roots and nutrient uptake. Chemicals kill the natural immune systems that occur in soil. Healthy soil contains organisms that fight lawn and landscape pests, eliminating the need for continual toxic pesticide treatments.
- Water: Over watering promotes shallow rooting, fungus diseases, mosquitoes, and nutrient run off. Do not start watering in early summer until the weather is truly dry. Monitor your irrigation settings: water infrequently and deeply.
- Mowing Mow high: 3-4”. Longer leaf blades collect more sun, provide more energy to roots and shade out weeds. Mow often: remove no more than 1/3