Lawn Care Tips – different approaches and fertilizers for looking after your lawn…
Over the years, different approaches have been developed for looking after lawns and turf grasses. Some of these approaches are varied and influenced by people who are agenda driven by the “environmental” and “green” movement, or on the other hand, some approaches are influenced by people or organisations that want to maximise the returns on investment for investors and shareholders.
Broadly these approaches are divided into 2 main camps: the organic approach versus the inorganic approach.
The organic approach is based on the premise that effective weed control and fertilisation is achieved with the use of organic products only. These organic products include corn gluten used both as a means of pre-emergent weed control and also as a fertilizer. Organic lawn care is the method of establishing and caring for the lawn (and garden) using organic horticultural methods including the dispensing of all organic pesticides and fertilizers. Organic lawn care relies on teaching the elements of physical maintenance including correct watering, mowing and soil management.
The inorganic approach to Lawn Care is based on the premise that effective weed control is brought about with the control of weeds using herbicide sprays. Once weeds are controlled the lawn is given a “leg up” with synthetic fertilisers to become more robust and dense. With a healthier lawn the weeds find it difficult to out-compete the turf grass. After this, the lawn needs only a maintenance (top-up) of fertilizer / food to keep it healthy and strong – and maybe the odd weed needs to be sprayed or just pulled out.