Organic Lawn Treatments

macrocarpa

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Location
Midwest
I know lawns :vomito:

But I'm curious what others are doing for their personal lawn care?

I have been eliminating my lawn and making bigger and bigger mulch beds, but I still have some lawn. I started using espoma's corn gluten meal as a weed preventer and then 2 application of milorganite throughout the growing season and I have been pretty happy with the results. Links below

But is this really an environmentally friendly program or are there concerns even with these products? And do these products really help to build the soil health?


 

Reach

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Location
Atglen, PA
Corn gluten is a rather good organic fertilizer, and it can be a passable herbicide, but it’s not terribly effective. it also takes an incredible amount of corn gluten to do anything, so you will all but have to spread it with a shovel.

If you call an organic lawn care service, they will call their offerings “organic-based” which means the fertilizer is organic but the weed control is not, as organic weed control is limited to corn gluten, which does not work very well.

As for the fertilizer, milorganite works, but if you want to go truly organic and actually build better soil, top dress your soil with a good compost; if you’re in a farming state I’m sure there’s a compost site in the area that can supply you with some good stuff.

Before you put anything on your lawn though, be sure to have soil tests done to see what your lawn actually needs. It may need lime to correct acidity, it also may need specific nutrients added or amendments to correct the soil structure. If you get your soil in shape for the grass you want to grow, you will have a thicker, healthier lawn, which will naturally prevent weeds by growing too thick for the weeds to come up.
 

Dan Cobb

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Location
Hoover
I agree with Reach that top dressing with compost really helps. In the partial sun areas of my lawn, it's helped the grass thicken and choke out the weeds.

After I resodded years ago and had the beautiful lush lawn I always wanted, I began having severe armadillo damage. Two things helped: (1) grub killer applications and (2) little pieces of metal applied at high velocity.
 

macrocarpa

Well-Known Member
Location
Midwest
I just put down a couple tons of this compost on all my mulch beds. I haven't spread any on the grass yet though. They get a lot of biproduct from the Columbus Zoo so I tell my daughter its elephant poo compost.

ZOO BREW Our Staff Favorite is back in stock! An all-natural compost including zoo manure & animal bedding, horse manure, recycled food & vegetables, yard trimmings, leaf humus, and coffee grounds. Unique composition abundant in nitrogen, other nutrients and humus. Great to top-dress or incorporate into existing gardens and is effective at loosening heavy clay soil over time. Zoo Brew also works well as a mulch and is what our staff and owners use at our own homes for mulching flowerbed and garden areas. Please be advised Zoo Brew can occasionally be "hot" on new plants due to the nitrogen content.
 

ATH

Well-Known Member
Location
Ohio
sounds like a bunch of BS to me...Bonobos that is.

OK...that leads to funny story from Columbus zoo - pretty sure it was at the Bonobos exhibit:
One climbs up and is hanging on the wall maybe 8' over another. Then it starts to squeeze out a log. The one below is looking up, I can only imagine thinking "I know you ain't gonna drop that on me." Just before it breaks free, he reaches back, grabs it, takes a sniff and sets it on the shelf next to him.
 

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