BILLY GOAT LAWN CARE HEALTHY LAWN PROGRAM
Six Steps for Organic Lawn Care
Step One: March/April
● Soil Test
A soil test will tell us what condition the soil is in and what kind of amendments it might need.
Compaction is the number one enemy of turf grass, particularly on heavy traffic areas. Compacted soil prevents turf roots from penetrating deep into soil profile (turf roots grow in the air spaces between soil particles). If the soil is compacted, aeration is required, using either a core or slice aerator.
● Compost Top Dress
Ideally, the organic matter percentage should be at or above 5%. If it’s not, aeration and topdressing with a good quality compost is highly recommended. If the lawn has been chemically maintained, a ¼ inch to ½ inch layer of compost should be spread over the top of the entire lawn.
● First Mowing
Using sharp mower blades, grass will be cut at 2 inches and clippings removed. This will help reduce the threat of lawn disease. This is the only time clippings will be removed.
Step Two: March/April
● Pre Emergence Weed Control with Corn Gluten
Corn gluten is an all natural 100% organic pre-emergence weed control and fertilizer. Corn gluten prevents weed seeds from germinating.
● pH Balance with Lime
The soil test will reveal the pH of your soil, and in many cases, give us the recommended amounts of lime to be added to the lawn.
● Feed the Soil with Compost Tea
Our specially formulated compost tea, Goat Tea will not only super charge your lawn and landscape with valuable nutrients but will also help to boost the soils microbiology. If soil test results reveal deficiencies, Goat Tea will be formulated to address those concerns.
● Soil Detoxification and Inoculation
Use of other amendments as needed.
Grass will now be cut at 3 to 4 inches. Grass clippings will be mulched and left in lawn.
Step Three: April to October
● Organic Fertilizer Application
The application of the proper organic fertilizer is one of the most important aspects of natural lawn care. A high quality compost tea can be an effective way to build soil quality, increase resistance to disease and help with drought. Monthly application of Goat Tea is highly recommended.
A healthy lawn requires no more then 1.5 inches of water per week. Over-watering will result in soil compaction and may cause fungal problems in lawns. It is best to water lawn once a week, deeply rather then multiple light watering. This practice will promote deeper root growth, making turf more tolerant to drought.
● Spot Weed Control
Spot weed control will be accomplished by either the use of 100% organic weed killers or by simply removing the weed.
● Natural Pest and Disease Control
A healthy, well maintained natural lawn will be resistance to most pests and disease. However, if they do present themselves there are natural solutions we can use to get rid of them.
Mowing is best performed on a weekly basis.
Step Four: June/July
The best defense against weeds is a strong and healthy turf. Given the opportunity, grass plants will out-compete most weeds. Over-seeding, which is simply adding new grass plants to an existing lawn, rejuvenates the lawn with new life, fills in bare spots and keeps weeds from growing.
Step Five: September/October
●Root Growth Enhancement
In the fall, turf roots continue to grow long after the grass has stopped. Feeding the roots with natural growth stimulators such as seaweed extract will prepare the plants for a boost of new growth in the spring. Your late application of Goat Tea is specially formulated to accommodate this turf need.
● Lime/Compost Application
Fall is another window of opportunity for the application of lime (if needed) and compost. A good shot of compost now will help prevent germination of weed seeds in spring and give the turf a good supply of nutrients to begin a new season in the spring.
Step Six: November
Fallen leaves are a natural supply of organic matter and can help further build and feed the soil. By mulching leaves back into the turf, this organic material will be readily available for consumption by the soils microbiology. Leaves should not be left on the turf unmulched, as they will suffocate the turf below.