Home Repair 101: 5 Amazing Tips for Organic Yard Care

Organic lawn care is not only good for the planet, but is also good for your pets and the wildlife in your area. By using chemicals in lawn care you risk not only killing plants, but your pets as well. Thankfully, there are several easy ways to embrace organic lawn care. Whether it’s doing a bit of weeding or preparing your own compost, you can enjoy an organically cared for lawn. Here are five amazing tips for organic yard care.

Put in Some Hard Work

No one likes weeds. Weeds steal the resources of the planets you’re actually trying to grow. However, many commercial weed killers are loaded with unsafe ingredients. The most earth-friendly option is to do the weeding yourself. If you’re not up for the labor, you can also mix equal parts vinegar and water and spot treat the weeds using a spray bottle.

Use Natural Methods for Getting Rid of Pests

There are a number of natural methods for getting rid of pests. One option is to plant shrubs that attract birds, who will eat the insects. Another tip is to place a shallow pan of beer in your garden, which will attract the slugs. The slugs will then get drunk, fall into the beer, and drown. If ants are a problem, lightly scatter grits around the anthills. The ants will eat the grits and the grits will expand in their stomachs and kill them.

Feed Your Soil

Your soil is basically a living thing. It eats nutrients, drinks water, and excretes waste. You wouldn’t feed a pet chemicals, why feed it to your soil. Instead, opt for natural fertilizers. And, don’t add things to your soil until you have it tested. In some cases, your soil may be fine just the way it is.

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Recycle Produce Scraps Into Compost

Don’t throw those potato peels and carrot tops in the trash. Fruit and vegetable scraps can be used to create compost to feed your soil. Simply store the scraps in an airtight container and aerate occasionally. Once the jar is full, take it out to the composter and follow the directions that came with it. Composting is not only easy, but a natural way to feed your plants.

Practice Water Conscious Landscaping

Last, but not least, practice water conscious landscaping by choosing plants that work in your area. If you have a yard that stays sunny most of the day, avoid plants that need shade. If you live in an area that sees droughts in the summer, plant drought-resistant plants. Last, but not least, don’t waste water by watering during the hottest part of the day. The water will just evaporate. Instead water your lawn and plants between the hours of 12AM and 8AM every other day, as needed.

You can be good to the earth while still maintaining a fantastic looking lawn. All it takes is a bit of hard work and natural products.

About the Author: Kit Allaman is a home improvement specialist who takes care both inside and outside the home. Her organic gardening tips will ensure a plentiful crop and her familiarity with acoustic panels, soundproofing tools, insulation, and repair kits will keep your home quiet and in tip-tip shape!

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