Healthy, Natural Lawns

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Healthy, Natural Lawns  
by Elyse Umlauf

The spring lawn commercials—those come-ons for the perfect, lush lawn—have begun in earnest. But remember that such lawns come at a steep price and require chemicals that can be dangerous to kids, pets, and the environment. 

If you’re committed to still having grass, see the Midwest Pesticide Action Center to understand how to maintain a healthy lawn naturally. 

1. Soil testing. Test your soil every three to five years. It can help you understand what you need to do to keep it healthy.

2. Organic fertilizers. Opt for organic fertilizers made with plant or animal materials. 

3. Watering. Don’t overwater. Instead, water deeply and infrequently early in the morning, which minimizes evaporation and protects against fungus. Aim to deliver an inch of water a week. 

Adapted from a previous edition of The REsource Newsletter