Lawn Care Hosts #Groundchat
@LawnCareNet had the amazing opportunity last Friday to guest host #groundchat on Twitter. To join the chat people had to use and follow the hashtag #groundchat in their tweets so we, the guest host, could see their posts and reply. People tuned in from across the nation to join in the conversation about organic lawn care.
With @CristinaGardens' help we were able to tweet important and helpful organic lawn care information and connect with the lawn and garden community on Twitter. Here's a recap of some of our most helpful and most shared tweets during the #groundchat by topic.
Organic Lawn Care Facts
Organic Lawn Care Principles
Grass selection is the most important organic lawn care principle because once you know what type of grass is right for your area (zone). It will identify the type of watering schedule or regiment you should use and what type of fertilizing method will work best.
Watering is also critical in the fact that not enough of it or too much of it will harm your lawn. To tell if your lawn needs water check to see if the blades are droopy or tired, this can indicate that they need water soon. If you want to perform a soil test you can try sticking a knife in the soil about 5 inches. If the knife blade comes out completely clean, your lawn needs water. Different types of grass will require different amounts of water so make sure to do your research.
Organic fertilizer can be defined as "all natural animal or food waste that adds nutrients to your vegetable garden, flower bed, or lawn". Organic fertilizer is a great option for your lawn because it has no harmful side effects for people or animals if there is no runoff into waterways. One of the most popular fertilizers is compost fertilizer. It's important to test your soil before applying any type of fertilizer to see what nutrients your lawn needs.
Weed control is key to keeping your lawn or garden beautiful and blemish free. Some organic methods include: pouring boiling water on the weeds, vinegar, or manual weed pulling. Boiling water will make even tough weeds shrivel and die. Vinegar acts as a weed and grass killer so spray, or pour carefully. Manual weed pulling is effective if you pull directly from the roots.
Pest control is needed especially for flower beds and vegetable gardens. If slugs and snails are taking over, an organic method you can try is pouring beer into a tuna can and leave it at ground level. If rodents are getting into your garden, sprinkling ground-up red peppers can make them leave your plants alone. Sprinkling organic milky spore where Japanese beetle larvae or grub have been can get rid of them.