BILLY GOAT LAWN CARE HEALTHY LAWN PROGRAM

Six Steps for Organic Lawn Care

 Step One: March

 ● Soil Test
A soil test will tell us what condition the soil is in and what kind of amendments it might need.

Aeration
Compaction is the number one enemy of turf grass, particularly on heavy traffic areas. Compacted soil prevents turf roots from penetrating deep into soil profile (turf roots grow in the air spaces between soil particles). If the soil is compacted, aeration is required, using either a core or slice aerator.

Soil Conditioning
Added soil builder for lawn.
Benefits:
-Stimulates soil microorganisms
-Over 100 x more active than compost
-Ideal for improving damaged soils
-Decreases soil compaction
-Increases water retention
-Increases root proliferation
-Increases chlorophyll content
-Restructures soil- reduces bulk density

 ● Pre Emergent Weed Control with Corn Gluten
Corn gluten is an all natural 100% organic pre-emergence weed control and fertilizer. Corn gluten prevents weed seeds from germinating.

First Mowing
Using sharp mower blades, grass will be cut at 2 inches and clippings removed. This will help reduce the threat of lawn disease. This is the only time clippings will be removed.

Step Two: April

Organic Fertilizer Application
The application of the proper organic fertilizer is one of the most important aspects of natural lawn care. A high quality fertilizer can be an effective way to build soil quality, increase resistance to disease and help with drought.

Mowing
Grass will now be cut at 3 to 4 inches. Grass clippings will be mulched and left in lawn.

 Step Three: April to October

Organic Fertilizer Application
The application of the proper organic fertilizer is one of the most important aspects of natural lawn care. A high quality fertilizer can be an effective way to build soil quality, increase resistance to disease and help with drought.

Irrigation
A healthy lawn requires no more then 1.5 inches of water per week. Over-watering will result in soil compaction and may cause fungal problems in lawns. It is best to water lawn once a week, deeply rather then multiple light watering. This practice will promote deeper root growth, making turf more tolerant to drought.

● Spot Weed Control
Spot weed control will be accomplished by either the use of 100% organic weed killers or by simply removing the weed.

Natural Pest and Disease Control
A healthy, well maintained natural lawn will be resistance to most pests and disease. However, if they do present themselves there are natural solutions we can use to get rid of them.

Mowing
Mowing is best performed on a weekly basis.

Step Four: June/July

● Over-Seeding
The best defense against weeds is a strong and healthy turf. Given the opportunity, grass plants will out-compete most weeds. Over-seeding, which is simply adding new grass plants to an existing lawn, rejuvenates the lawn with new life, fills in bare spots and keeps weeds from growing.

 Step Five: September/October

●Root Growth Enhancement
In the fall, turf roots continue to grow long after the grass has stopped. Feeding the roots with natural growth simulators such as a high potassium organic fertilizer, will prepare the plants for a boost of new growth in the spring.

Step Six: November

Fall Cleanup
Fallen leaves are a natural supply of organic matter and can help further build and feed the soil. By mulching leaves back into the turf, this organic material will be readily available for consumption by the soils microbiology. Leaves should not be left on the turf unmulched, as they will suffocate the turf below.