Going Green – Using a Natural Approach to Caring for Your Lawn and Landscaping
Natural and organic materials have taken the world by storm. Everything from food to clothing can be found with natural and healthy ingredients. Many adults are choosing to live a more natural lifestyle and looking for ways to promote healthy and non-chemical choices. When thinking about outdoor care, for many years, there were only toxic and chemical-filled pesticides available. It led to the discovery of using more natural and clean ingredients to keep your lawn and landscaping thriving.
Why Choose Natural and Organic Products?
There are certain benefits and drawbacks to using pesticides to treat an infestation in your lawn or landscaping. The benefit is that the products work quickly and kill or eliminate the problem area. The drawback is that these chemicals can cause harm to children, pets, pregnant women, and anyone who comes in close contact with a treated area. Dogs have a particularly difficult time with pesticides, as they can irritate and burn the pads of their paws, not to mention they might accidentally consume them. The numerous dangers of pesticides have led to an increase in more natural products and methods.
How to Start Treating Organically
When you are looking to make a natural switch with your lawn and landscaping care, you are virtually resetting the ecosystem on your property and it is going to take some work. The first step is to have a soil test to determine which nutrients in the soil are lacking and which are overly abundant. You also need to start adding natural and organic compost to your lawn. This would be a great opportunity to start your own compost bin to be used in the future. Your local garden center will also have organic fertilizers that contain all natural ingredients. If you are overwhelmed, there are many companies that can help lead you on the path of natural fertilizer.
One important note is that during your transition to a more natural approach to landscaping you might notice more weeds in your grass. This is normal and can take a year or two for your property to fully transition.
A proper irrigation system can also be a huge benefit to your property. We would love to meet with you and determine your irrigation needs. At Challenger Irrigation, we are happy to serve Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, and Citrus counties.