Natural Lawn and Soil Program

Written by Gloria Ballard

March 25, 2022


A lush, green lawn is a thing of beauty, but that beauty often comes with a cost: When it takes repeated application of chemicals to keep it green and growing, the soil – and the environment in general – suffers. 

Sustainable lawn care solutions are not out of reach, though. Gardens of Babylon’s new Natural Lawn and Soil Program focuses on natural fertilizers and herbicides that allow a lawn that’s patchy, weedy and unattractive to grow into a lovely landscape. Gardens of Babylon’s Matt Kerske tells how:

Where to Begin

It all begins with the soil, of course. If the lawn is trying to grow in soil that lacks biological and nutrient vitality, it may only grow the most vigorous plants – what we often call “weeds.” 

“It’s no secret that grass is a plant, like any other plant,” Kerske says. “You can’t really build a lawn of thick, healthy grass without building a healthy soil. To get a healthy stand of turf, it requires a good understanding of the overall soil health and biology.”

The first step, then, is doing a soil test to find out of actual composition of the soil. This test measures the soil’s pH level and points out nutrient deficiencies, and is the best way to know the next steps to take to improve the growing conditions in your landscape.

“We focus on the biology in the soil,” Kerske says. “When we can balance the biology with the good microbes in the soil, we make the plants more resistant to diseases and pests, and you can have less of a weed problem.”

What we do

The service begins with a consultation and the soil test to first determine the nutrient levels and deficiencies, and make recommendations for addressing those deficiencies. A soil compaction test is also performed. “Making those recommendations, we build from there,” Kerske says. 

Because each lawn is different, the specialist designs a custom lawn care program with a focus on natural fertilizer and herbicide applications, and biological soil treatments. The service includes six visits each year, with the plan implemented in steps.

“During those visits staged throughout the year, we apply a combination of naturally based fertilizers and herbicides.”

In some cases, Kerske says, depending on the weeds found within the lawn, conventional herbicide may be recommended at the beginning to help bridge the transition. “For some basic perennial weeds” – he mentions ground ivy and chickweed, among others – “there are really no organic herbicides to eliminate them, so we selectively use conventional herbicides to first knock out the invasive weeds, then transition to an application of natural herbicides in the second year.” 

“How we differ from others is that most companies blanket-apply conventional herbicides multiple times every year,” he says. “Ours is a more reasonable approach.”

The program can be designed for any lawn, “But is especially attractive to customers who are wanting a lush, healthy lawn and have a bias toward more environmentally sound practices. Kerske says.” 

The result is that the customer is able to enjoy a beautiful lawn, sustainably cared for, without the trouble and labor of doing it themselves, Kerske says. 

Ready to transform your soil and lawn using more sustainable practices? To book a consultation to learn more about Gardens of Babylon’s new Natural Lawn and Soil Care program, click here.

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