Friday, April 06, 2007


April 21st is my middle child's birthday! When he was born, there was no "Earth Day", as such. However, now I have to realize that the 21st or 22nd is a day to be aware of our wonderful environment. It's a time to get out and do some "clean-up" chores in the yard, or neighborhood.
I did a little Internet searching and came up with some things for you to think about. Here are some tips from Earth Share.
Read these tips and try to impliment them. You can also go to the link above and get some more ideas.
Making the Grass Greener

Now that Spring is here, it’s time to begin dreaming about the grass growing beneath your feet. But a lot of lawns aren’t very “green” — at least, not for the environment. Residential lawns can use a lot of toxic chemicals — up to 10 pounds of pesticides per acre. The poisons don’t end at your front door. When it rains, pesticides may be flushed into local streams, rivers, and lakes, harming fish and plants along the way. Here are some tips to make sure your grass looks great — and is safe for pets, children, and other living things.

Use natural fertilizers, which release nutrients slowly throughout the year, won’t leach away, and support the variety of soil organisms that improve fertility and combat diseases.

Water deeply but infrequently. Grasses do best when the whole root zone is wetted, and then dries out between waterings. Avoid frequent shallow watering that causes poor root development. Overwatering also promotes lawn disease.

Aerate in the spring and fall. Use a rented power-aerator, or insert a garden fork six inches deep every four inches and lever back and forth to loosen the soil.

Remove weeds using pincer-type weed pullers, which work great in moist soil and can be used standing up. Or, if you must, spot-spray problem weeds.

Crowd out weeds by growing a dense lawn. Mow higher, leave the clippings, fertilize properly, and improve thin areas with aeration, overseeding, and top dressing.

Create healthy soil. Earthworms and other soil organisms keep the soil healthy. By moving through the soil, they allow water and air to penetrate, and they recycle thatch back into nutrients that the grass can use.


At April 07, 2007, Blogger Naturegirl said...

I am also posted on Garden Voices with you today! I noticed your comment about your middle child having a B.Day on Apr. oldest son was born on that day too! I am very much a nature girl.. tree hugger and I plant trees on Earth day with an enviromental group in my part of the world of the present time under freezing Ice! Have a Happy Easter!

At April 07, 2007, Blogger DWPittelli said...

I got great results on my then-weedy, patchy, 2nd-year new lawn from an organic fertilizer - corn gluten. It gently adds N-P-K at a 9-1-0 ratio, of course adds organic matter to the soil, and it has significant preemergent herbicidal effects.

I went to Home Depot 3 years back and asked for it. Their employee told me it was a good product carried elsewhere, but had no answer as to why Home Depot didn't carry it. (It seems to be at most independent garden centers in the spring.) It's a little more money than the poisonous stuff, but with small children it's no dilemma for me; I'd rather put on nothing than toxic herbicides.


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