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Introduction:

One of the easiest ways to keep your lawn healthy and green is to compost it 2-3 times a year. This is preferable for many people because it's safe and organic, and you're not constantly adding chemical-based fertilizers to your yard or garden.

Compost makes a great fertilizer, because in addition to having important nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, it often has trace elements you don't ordinarily find in commercial fertilizers.

A few other benefits to using compost are:
  • It won't burn your grass out if you accidentally put too much on

  • It won't stain your concrete or brick walkways

  • It won't smell if you're actually still using old manure-based fertilizers

  • It works fast
So with all these benefits, let's get to it.



1. Use Fine-Textured Compost

Start with good, fine-textured compost. All garden centers carry good, bagged compost that is ready to use; you can even use seed topper.

You can also use your own homemade compost if you have it around. Just as long as it is fine-textured so it will rake out evenly without leaving clumps.



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2. Spread the Compost

You can use a shovel or just start dumping the compost out around your lawn.



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3. Rake It Out Evenly

With a flexible, garden rake, spread the compost out over your lawn to about inch (.64 cm ) thick. You want a fairly thin layer.

Don't apply it much thicker thinking that more is better, because that can cause problems, like smothering your grass.

A thin layer will break down quickly releasing its nutrients into the lawn.

When you're done raking you shouldn't see that much compost showing - as show in the second picture.



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4. Water It In and Don't Mow For 1 Week

Once you have a nice thin layer fairly evenly applied, water it in for a good 15 to 20 minutes.

Take care of your lawn as you normally would, applying regular water, but don't mow for about 1 week. Allow the compost 7 to 8 days to break down and release its nutrients.

After one week, you can care for you lawn just as you regularly would by mowing and watering.



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5. That's It!

If you compost your lawn 2 to 3 times a year, it will be very lush and healthy, and you won't need to use regular lawn fertilizers ever again.

So if you're looking for an organic way to have a healthier lawn, this is it - give it a try!


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