I want to take care of our lawn without using synthetic fertilizers or weed killers. What do you suggest we use?
Going natural for lawn care products is becoming more and more popular, and you’ll find several natural products available! To stop crabgrass and other weed seeds from growing, as well as giving the lawn a nice shot of nitrogen, look at Espoma’s Weed Preventer plus Lawn Food. It’s made from Corn Gluten meal and provides pre emergent coverage as well as a 7-10% nitrogen feeding – naturally. Now, this pre emergent only lasts about 45 days so reapply as needed. Don’t need a pre emergent and just want to feed the lawn? There are plenty of natural fertilizers, including Espoma’s Lawn Food, made from Feather Meal, poultry manure and beneficial microbes, and an oldie but goodie, Milorganite, made from sewage sludge, but processed so that it’s safe for the lawn and for the vegetable garden! Milorganite also gives the lawn a nice shot of iron to help keep those grass blades good and green. And there is even an all natural ‘selective’ weed killer for the lawn – its Ortho’s Eco Sense Lawn weed killer. Spot treat weeds in the lawn and kill them with all natural ingredients! Combine these natural products with good lawn care cultural practices, and you can have a nice looking lawn, naturally. NOTE: By the way, Milorganite can be used to feed the lawn, the garden, trees and shrubs, etc, and we have found that it also has pretty good repelling action helping to keep deer away, as well as helping to keep raccoons and skunks from digging in the lawn. Naturally feed and repel critters at the same time!