With customized lawn care solutions, your yard can reflect what you value.
There used to be only one image of a well-manicured lawn, but finally, that’s changed. As a result of environmental and personal health concerns becoming mainstream, our yards changed to reflect those concerns. Natural gardens, rain gardens, and mulch beds are now popular landscape features that reduce the amount of space devoted to turf.
Likewise, professional lawn care services are no longer limited to a one-size-fits-all approach either. Now you can choose custom-tailored solutions that reflect your priorities. From the food you eat to the car you drive, you work hard to balance available options and make the best choices for your family. With 100% organic fertilizer, you can apply those same standards to lawn care, and ensure that zero pesticides or herbicides are used for turf on your property.
What does “organic” mean?
To be considered organic, products must be made according to guidelines for soil quality, pest and weed control, and chemical inputs. Organic products are grown and processed using natural ingredients and biological and mechanical farming methods whenever possible. According to the US Department of Agriculture, “Organic products must be produced using agricultural production practices that foster resource cycling, promote ecological balance, maintain and improve soil and water quality, minimize the use of synthetic materials, and conserve biodiversity.” To be certified as USDA organic, products must be inspected and verified.
A Weed is in the Eye of the Beholder
Unfortunately, there aren’t any effective organic weed control products available right now. Yards maintained with 100% organic products will not be 100% weed free. Individual results will depend on the current condition of your lawn and the property surrounding it. Combining aeration and over-seeding with organic fertilizer achieves the best results because a healthy, thick lawn will help crowd weeds out.
Many perennials that pop up in lawns are beneficial to pollinators. For example, white clover attracts over 50 different pollinators. However, some weeds are invasive. We recommend you monitor your lawn and plan to pull troubling weeds by hand.
Best Lawn Care Tips
- In most cases, it’s best to mulch when mowing to retain nutrients and water.
- Water deeply and infrequently, 1 to 1.5 inches per week during warmer months.
- Perform aeration and over-seeding in spring and fall.
- Mow at the highest setting, generally 3 inches.
- Cut approximately 1/3 of the grass height each time you mow.
- A soil test will ensure you use the correct type and amount of treatments.
More Lawn Care Options
- Are you looking for a positive way to impact pollinators? Rainbow Lawncare’s Bee Friendly Lawns were developed to bring the extensive research done by the University of Minnesota Bee Lab to your backyard.
- Visit Rainbow Lawncare’s information page for fact sheets on a variety of lawn maintenance concerns.