Keep Your Yard Looking Great!
The Great American Lawn is a source of pride for many homeowners! Although many homeowners won’t admit it, there is an unwritten, unspoken, ongoing competition with your neighbors to have the best lawn on the block. Let People’s Choice Organics help! Master Grower Billy Styles, shares some of his time-tested secrets to keeping your lawn looking great, and the foundation for a great lawn is a healthy soil rich in organics and minerals!
A Quick Soil Conditioner
All plants perform better when they are grown in healthy soil and certainly your lawn is no different. In fact, healthy soil will allow your grasses to grow deeper root systems with greater access to nutrients, reducing the need for supplemental irrigation by up to 75 percent. Soil compaction causes stress that can weaken plant vigor. Feeding the soil properly increases microbial activity and earthworm populations. Earthworms and microbes moving through the soil leave behind nutrient-rich waste that supports the soil food web. People’s Choice Organics products Jackhammer, Clear 90 and Growzilla provide the soil with a balance of macro and micronutrients, amino acids, carbon, beneficial mycorrhiza fungi, sea minerals, humic and fulvic acids, beneficial bacteria, and sea kelp. To have healthy soils in urban environments you must feed your soil.
Synthetic fertilizers feed only the plant and do not support soil health. Synthetic fertilizers never have and never will create anything other than cosmetic eye candy that is unsustainable, and requires more irrigation, while doing nothing for soil health. Our organic products and soil conditioners are the key and will support soil and lawn health throughout the growing season, even in the heat of summer.
A Timetable for Feeding Your Lawn
When it comes to your lawn, it is key to keep balanced nutrients in place for soil and grass health. Weather, rain, drought, mowing, insects, and the environment can and will affect the plant vigor.
You can adjust these treatments based on overall condition of your lawn. Be proactive with inspections and treatments of your lawn.
**32oz. Hose End Sprayer covers 8,000 sq. ft.
**We provide a hose end sprayer that when filled with 32oz. of each individual product, Jackhammer, Growzilla & Clear 90, it will cover up to 8,000 sq. ft.
*When applying Growzilla and Clear 90 in a single month, it is recommended to apply one product immediately following the other and then be sure to water your lawn thoroughly for best results.
The use of all three products Jackhammer, Growzilla and Clear 90 in a systematic turf care regimen creates a balanced fertility and nutrient-rich program that feeds both the plant and the soil. If you follow our turf care program as prescribed, you will see excellent, sustainable results that will not poison your soil. With some lawns, depending on soil condition and many other factors, it may take a little longer for your lawn to thrive. Be patient and stick to the program. You can adjust these treatments based on the overall condition of your lawn. Remember, the soil structures we are trying to recreate took Mother Nature hundreds of years to create!
Lawn Care Tips & Techniques
1. Keep the lawn and soil clean of all debris year round.
2. Feed the plant and soil a balanced diet of soil conditioners as directed using the products above.
3. Apply 1 inch of water per week. Water ONLY between 5-8 am. Late day watering promotes lawn disease and shallow root systems. *See our “How To Water” protocol. Do not over water. Too much water will compact the soil and be detrimental to the health of your lawn.
4. Do not cut lawns in the heat of the day, as it will cause dehydration damage.
5. Pick four pattern,s to cut your lawn. Cross-cutting helps reduce mower compaction, rutting, and helps keep the grass growing upright.
6. Keep mower blades sharp at all times. This is very important! The rule of thumb is to sharpen blades after every one acre of mowing.
7. Dull mower blades rip the blades of grass, making them more susceptible to disease and causing them to lose moisture quicker.
8. Never cut more than one-third of the length of your grass at each cutting.
9. Recommended cutting heights for cool-season grasses are 3.5 inches for spring and fall and 4 inches for summer. Never cut your lawn below these recommended heights. When you cut your lawn too short it causes a host of problems that can damage your lawn such as reduced vigor, decreased root growth, and potential for increased weeds.
10. Your lawn needs food year round unless it is dormant. Grow Organic!
11. Recommended cutting heights for warm season grasses are Bahia: 2.5 to 4 inches Bermuda: 0.5 to 2.5 inches, Buffalo: 1.5 to 4 inches, Centipede: 1 to 2.5 inches, Kikuyu grass: 1 to 1.5 inches, St. Augustine: 1 to 3 inches, Zoysia: 0.5 to 3 inches.
12. Always, and I do mean ALWAYS, bag clippings or rake them when grass is growing vigorously. I know you probably have read that clippings are good for the lawn, and that they feed the lawn. That is a true statement, but first, the grass clippings must be eaten by microbes and turned into nutrients. When the clipping volume surpasses the ability of the microbes to consume them, it will build up surface thatch. This excess debris cuts off crucial airflow and sunlight, also creating a habitat for insects, plant decline, and eventually plant death. The rule of thumb for warm-season and cool-season grasses is not to leave more than 1⁄4 inch of thatch buildup. So when it is hot and the plant growth has slowed, you can let the clippings fly! Otherwise always bag and compost clippings!
13. Avoid high rates of nitrogen. High nitrogen fertilizers can make your lawn more susceptible to compaction, disease, and fungus, and requires more water.
14. You can’t have 20 different varieties of grass and expect them all to respond favorably at the same time. Some hold color better, some resist disease better, some stand up better while some may tend to lie down. Don’t expect your lawn to do something that’s not a part of its DNA, so take the time to educate yourself regarding the types of grass you have in your lawn.