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10 tips for organic lawn care

Get rid of the lawn. That's the advice organic gardening pundits often like to dish out to would-be gardeners. Their mantra is that velvet green grass lawns are artificial constructs that do not deserve a place in the organic garden. It makes sense when you consider how much pesticides and artificial fertilisers the average lawn lover would use to maintain that lush green sward, not to mention the water requirements and the financial cost of all this. 

But lawn lovers should not despair. The gallery above shows how you can grow very nice lawns without the use of chemicals and hundreds of litres of water. 

These lawns may be a little more labour intensive to maintain and not quite so uniform in composition, but they're much safer places for the kids, pets and wildlife to hang out. And of course there are no chemicals flowing into our streams and oceans because of them either. 

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And if you find sowing grass seed hard work, try using a lawn mat (like Woolgro). In this environmentally friendly product, grass seed is embedded in mats of unscoured sheep dag wool, recycled jute and paper fibres. These release nutrients in the soil and hold moisture, which improves seed germination and reduces the need for irrigation.  

A lawn free of herbicides, pesticides and chemical fertilisers is a safer place for kids and pets to play in.


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