Largely because it is a monoculture of one type of plant – grass -- a lawn requires more ongoing maintenance than any other segment of a landscape. A lawn must be seeded, fertilized, sprayed, weeded, aerated, watered and kept free of leaves to make it grow, at great monetary and environmental expense, only to mow it down each week.
Where a lawn is needed , it is indispensable, and can be grown using low maintenance grasses that grow slowly and require less fertilizer, water and mowing. Topdressing with compost and/or compost tea are common practices, as is overseeding annually. However, there are many areas where lawns are unnecessary and can be converted to more ecological and less costly alternatives.
Please note: if synthetic chemicals have been applied previously, there will be a transition period of one to three years for your organic lawn to become fully established and healthy. This is because the soil beneath a conventionally treated lawn usually has little or no nutritive value to offer plant roots. Spraying synthetic chemicals on a lawn kills not only the unwanted weeds, but also damages and destroys the beneficial microorganisms that support the growth of healthy grass plants. Once the ecosystem is restored to balance, grass plants will thrive in an organic lawn.