We have a client who has asked for none chemical solutions for weeding/feeding her lawn as her garden is managed entirely organically.
Any wildlife/environmentally friendly solutions would be appreciated and guidance as to where to find any suitable products also? Not really my area but would like to be able to help if I can.
any help appreciated :)
Well, weeds organically you will have to deal with physically.
But you can feed with chicken pellets early in the year (not now its too dry), and also sulphate of Fe. this will deal with moss too.
For feeding you could have a look at ALS's seaweed feeds - relatively local to you Jenny ( warehouse is nr Admaston Telford). Not cheap but worth a look.
Weed contol is a little trickier - cultural control, good sward management?
Thanks all - some really good ideas to look at!
Can't speak for this particular customer but I really don't like dandelions and I am definitely 100% organic - in our garden I just pull them up! I do like daisies though :)
Spray it with magic rainwater, a nice drop of spear head in the mix!!
I would have though that an organic type customer would be in love with daisys and dandelions.
As mentioned the most effective way to deal with weeds is to physically bend down and remove but you can also change your mower cutting heights and the frequency of cuts. By cutting higher you will be creating shade or blocking light for the weeds, you will also be cutting the heads off weeds and allowing the grass to become stronger and healthier. By cutting more often you will be helping to thicken up the sward.
As for feeding you could leave the grass box off and let it return to the lawn, fish blood and bone can be applied and also calcified seaweed.
Synthetic lawn feeds generally only contain natural ingredients but are simply more concentrated.
An excellent book worth reading is ' The Lawn Guide' Sharples and Hayman.
I bought a copy of the Organic Lawn Care Manual a few years ago which gives a few pointers:
I've been using Turf Food Bio from Pitchcare / ALS this sping:
I'm not sure if it's organically certified but seems to kill the moss ok. The only downside is that it stinks of chicken poo !