Organic Lawn: One Year Later

Organic lawn in August 2011. photo credit: L. StiebitzRecently Nicole Selby, our gardener leading the organic lawn effort, interviewed with local garden reporter Virginia Smith of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Nicole discussed upon our philosophy, efforts, and challenges to date.

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Organic lawn during the wet month of August. photo credit: L. Stiebitz

How is it working? The 2011 growing season has been extreme from hot and dry to wet and soaked. At the moment, though, the conventional and organic lawns all look the same – green.

Learn more about the organic lawn in these past posts.

Listening to the Organic Lawn

Announcing the Organic Lawn Brochure and Blossoming Research Effort

Remediating Compaction on our Organic Lawn

Organic Lawn Consultation with Eric Fleischer

Organic Lawn Care

Categorized as Sustainability Topics

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  1. How has the lawn fared in the heat of the summer of 2012?

  2. The organic lawn took a noticeable dip toward dormancy over the scorching Fourth of July weekend, and it brightened up to green again with those August rains. Both basically matched the performance of our conventional lawns. We do hope to achieve even better drought tolerance, in time. One step toward that end is coming soon: In September, we’ll topdress with a 1/4″ layer of compost. Over the years, repeating this process will increase the organic matter in the soil substantially. As with any garden bed, that is a great way to retain moisture. On turf, you have to build up slowly so you don’t smother the established plants.

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