If you employ a lawn care company to do your lawn work, request that they use organic lawn care programs on your lawn. Make sure that this involves the use of a mulching lawnmower. Paying the lawn care people to haul away your grass clippings and then having to pay them to obtain compost for topdressing is an odd way to squander money. You may be doing this without even realizing it. Forget about bagging and disposing of grass clippings and leaves. Instead of sending them away, mulch them into your lawn. If your lawn care company suggests yearly topdressing, you can do this without making an extra purchase by mulch mowing your lawn.
The rewards of mulching the lawn include water conservation, fertilizing and soil improvement. A lawn is a farm of sorts. It is a single crop developing in the same soil year after year. If you do not add the nutrients that the lawn removes from the soil back into it, the soil nutrients in your soil will become depleted. This means that you have to fertilize to put back what the grass has used up.
Great lawn care programs start with the soil. Great soil yields the best lawn. Microorganisms contained in the soil ingest the small plant pieces that you leave on the lawn. When they break down these particles, they improve the soil deep underground. As the soil improves, rain is able to penetrate deep into your soil and the grass roots stretch down into this newly improved growing medium.
When you chop up grass clippings and leaves using your lawnmower, the smaller pieces start to decompose swiftly. A large amount of grass clippings and shredded leaves disappear in a amazingly short amount of time. Whole leaves will smother the grass while shredded pieces merely boost the soil and fertilize your grass. As people turn to natural gardening methods, many do opt to leave the grass clippings but they still send their fallen leaves to the landfill. You can have the best organic lawn in town by retaining your leaves and letting them be the basis of your green and healthy lawn.