Another Reason I Don\'t Like Lawn Chemicals

It finally felt like spring this past weekend and it was great to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather.

The only downside of this time of year is the spring lawn chemical applications everyone puts down.  One of my big pet peeves is walking through the neighborhood and trying to figure out which lawn is producing the chemical smell so that we can try to avoid it.

In the picture below, you'll notice big piles of fertilzier / weed preventer AND a huge amount of bare spots.  

Chemical Pre Emergent Weed Killer and Fertilizer Application

lawn chemical remnants

This photo bothers me for a few reasons, here they are:

1.  It Smells

The area just stunk of chemicals.  It's hard to tell my 3 year old (notice the caped biker up ahead) to stop breathing as he rolls by.  Chemicals can enter your system through inhalation, so it isn't crazy to try to hold your breath as you walk by lawns treated with chemicals.  Kids are more susceptible to the issues these chemicals cause too.

2. It Follows You Home

The sidewalk had pellets on it too which are easily carried on shoes back into houses where the chemicals can remain active in carpets for a long period of time.  The good news is that your carpet shouldn't have a lot of crabgrass.

3. It wasn't what the Lawn Needed

What this lawn needs more than anything is some grass to fill in the bare areas and prevent weeds from growing.  Chemicals don't give you grass, they just kill things.  It would have been more worth this homeowners time to do a little spot seeding as shown in the video below.  Yes, spring is not the best time to seed, but if you have these kinds of bare areas, spring is a great time to seed. 

If you don't need to seed, check out our blog post on "Choosing a Spring Lawn Fertilizer" to learn about other options for organic treatments.

Here's a Quick Video with some spring spot seeding tips:

Which brings up a good question.  We often tell people that late summer is the best time of year to seed your lawn.  With that said, if your lawn is full of bare spots, it never hurts to seed it in the spring too.  The best results typically happen in the late summer, but if your lawn looks like the image below, seeding now will definitely help.

You SHOULD Seed your lawn in the Spring if it looks like this picture

should i seed in spring

Choosing a Grass Seed for Spring Seeding

If you do decide to seed your lawn in the spring, what seed should you use?  90% of the time, we recommend seeding with Turf Type Tall Fescue like our Good Nature Tuff Turf because it is more drought tolerant, requires less fertilizer, and is more resistant to insects than typicall grass varieties used in the Midwest. 

In the spring, however, you might consider using a standard blend that contains perennial ryegrass like our Good Nature Pro Mix Lawn Patch Repair.  This is because perennial ryegrass germinates very quickly and is good for getting seed established fast.  If you're overseeding your entire lawn in the late summer, we'd recommend a Turf Type Tall Fescue Mix.  If you're seeding bare spots in the spring, a mix with Perennial Ryegrass might be more appropriate.

Most Recent

What's Hybrid Organic Lawn Care

March 29, 2017 by Alec McClennan

What is Hybrid Organic Lawn Care? (Spoiler Alert: Its a wolf in sheeps clothing) It seems that choosing an organic lawn care company is getting more difficult. Back in 1999, when Good Nature Organic Lawn Care was founded, there was one type of lawn care company and they all used the same lawn care chemicals. Nobody really questioned whether using chemicals on their lawn was a good idea or not. People assumed that since the chemicals are approved by the government, they must be safe. Truth is, lawn care chemicals are not safe and any lawn care company that tells you that they use safe lawn care chemicals is breaking the law. At Good Nature, we use vegetable meals, proteins, sea plant extracts, humus containing products, plant oils, and micronutrients to keep grass and plants healthy so that they can defend themselves from insects and disease while defending their territory against weed invasion.It might surprise you to know that youll find many of our ingredients in the food you eat and

Your Lawns Could be Harming Your Cats

September 30, 2016 by Leigh Marcos

This guest post is from Leigh Marcos, a lover of all animals, especially cats. You can read more about how to care for your pets at the Shield My Pets website. This article is personal to me. As a cat lover, I have seen first hand what going all out to have the perfect lawn can do to your cat. In my case this was the piratic Mr. Spot. The great wanderer and mischief maker supreme. This is a summary of what Ive learned the hard way about how our lawns can affect our cats if we are not careful. How Pesticides Affect Cats In short, the fertilizers and pesticides we use on our lawns are poisonous to cats. As cats spend a large chunk of their time outdoors, this puts them at a higher risk of interacting with these toxic substances. Cats often nibble at grass and plants for medicinal reasons, but even if they do not, they step in the fertilizer and brush against plants sprayed with pesticides then they lick their fur and their paws while cleaning themselves. If ingested in large enough

This Summer's Weather Promoted Lawn Disease

September 27, 2016 by Alec McClennan

Conditions This Bad Not Seen In A Decade! What a summer! Drought-like conditions in July followed by rain, rain and more rain in August. Unfortunately, those are perfect conditions for infectious lawn diseases. Honestly, we havent seen this type of disease-favorable weather in 10 years! Think of it as the perfect storm for lawn disease. Diseases like brown patch, dollar spot, Pythium blight, leaf spot diseases and the appearance of symptoms of summer patch and necrotic ring spot. While temperature and moisture can bring on these diseases, there are other factors that take over once the disease becomes established. Also, some grasses are more affected than others by lawn disease...but all lawns are affected... Kentucky Bluegrass * Less prone to brown patch, dollar spot, gray leaf spot and Pythium blight * Very susceptible to root diseases such as necrotic ring spot and summer patch * Can tolerate some infection * During periods like is past summer, infection-impaired plants cannot

"Making the world a little better place, one organic landscape at a time"
Cleveland (216) 641-9800
Columbus (614) 885-5296
Akron (330) 836-9800
fax(216) 641-9805
Good Nature Organic Lawn Care - Corporate
7621 Old Rockside Road
Cleveland, OH 44131

And always stay informed of the latest Good Nature news and events!

© 2015 Good Nature Organic Lawn Care. All Rights Reserved.
Powered by Virteom