Thanks to recent advances in soil science, it’s now possible to have a beautiful, lush lawn without the use of potentially dangerous chemicals. In fact, natural lawns are the fastest growing segment of the lawn care industry.
By using Billy Goat Lawn Care, Inc you can have peace of mind knowing that your lawn is a safe and healthy place for your family and pets.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is natural lawn care?
A. We define natural lawn care as the maintained of lawns and gardens without chemical pesticides. Natural lawn care involves developing and maintaining healthy soil which, in turn, sustains turf grass, ornamentals and trees with a minimum of watering, weeding or pest control.
Q. Can a natural lawn program make my property look as nice as a chemical lawn program?
A. Yes, you can have a beautiful lawn without the use of chemical pesticides. Natural lawns have thick, lush turf and are naturally more resistant to drought then chemically maintained lawns.
Q. Will there be any weeds in my lawn?
A. Over the past fifty years consumers have been conditioned by advertising to believe that a weed-free, chemically maintained lawn is a healthy lawn. While it’s possible to have a weed-free natural lawn, the fact is the healthiest lawns have a few weeds. Chemical pesticides eliminate weeds temporarily, but they always come back. For many families, the potential health risks of these chemical toxins, especially for children and pregnant women, outweigh the temporary aesthetic benefits.
Q. What will I notice first about my natural lawn program?
A. First, we will perform a soil test. The results of the test will reveal the current condition of your soil and help determine which soil amendments are needed on your property.
We may apply a surface application of compost, compost tea, corn gluten, lime, organic fertilizer and a seaweed or kelp extract, depending on the needs of your soil. These soil amendments help develop the natural biology of the soil and will disappear in just a few days. Most lawns will also require aeration to increase oxygen levels in the soil and provide direct access for moisture and nutrients to enter the soil profile.
Q. I like my grass cut really short. Is that a problem?
A. Yes! Healthy grass plants require a certain amount of leaf area for photosynthesis; cutting grass short deprives the plants of the leaf area they need to create and store energy. Taller blade length also provides shade to the roots, discourages weeds and keeps plants healthy by helping them retain moisture during droughts.
Natural lawns are usually cut about three inches high. If you are planning a special outdoor event, just let us know and we can cut lawn shorter for event if necessary.
Q. Why are grass clipping left in the lawn?
A. Lawn clippings provide a valuable source of nitrogen and should be left in then lawn whenever possible. Soil microbes will quickly break down the clippings.
Q. Is it true that it can take years to make the transition to a naturally maintained lawn?
A. Depending on the condition of your property, it can take as little as one season to make the transition. Properties that have been neglected or heavily sprayed for years may take more time, but eventually any property will respond well to natural lawn care techniques.
This information was provided by and in compliance with Grassroots Healthy Lawn Program, an award-winning pesticide reduction and education program developed by Grassroots Environmental Education, a non-profit organization.