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Sustainability

Organic Lawn Care

The City of Winnipeg's Organic Lawn Care Site

This site will help you look after your lawn using organic lawn care methods and natural approaches to pest control. We can reduce the amount of energy spent on lawn care by only mowing once every 7 to 10 days, and save on water consumption by watering deep and less often. We can compost some of our kitchen and yard waste, reducing the amount of garbage we put out by the curb and create our own nutrient rich soil. By adopting natural practices in taking care of our lawns, we can improve the biodiversity and have a lower negative impact on our environment.

Urban Forest

How you will be doing your part to help protect the health of your family and the environment

On a day-to-day basis we are exposed to countless chemicals. Among them are pesticides and fertilizers, which may have many detrimental effects on both human and environmental health.

By reducing your use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides or herbicides, you can aid in protecting the health of yourself, your family, your pets and the environment. All in your own backyard!

Principles of Organic Lawn Care

Urban forestBelieve it or not, your lawn is actually a complex ecosystem that thrives with a diversity of species. By integrating other plants and grasses into your lawn, and making it hospitable to beneficial bugs, you are helping the overall health of your lawn's ecosystem.

Lawns need the same sort of care that we do. They require air, water, sunlight, nutrients and proper maintenance. The fundamental principle of organic lawn care is that a properly maintained lawn should not need chemical inputs to thrive

Organic lawn care revolves around a series of “sound cultural practices”. These methods are not all that different from what most people already do for their lawns.

Low Maintenance Lawns

Urban forestWhen switching to an organic maintenance program one should also consider choosing grass varieties suited to low maintenance situations. Traditional lawns contain predominantly Kentucky Bluegrass, a grass variety known for high nutrient and water demands. While the needs of this particular species can be met through an organic program, the practices described below, that of reduced mowings, natural soil amendments and water conservation, will better suit grasses with low maintenance adaptations.

Seed mixtures are available that contain primarily or exclusively Fescue, a grass species tolerant of drought, shade, reduced or no mowing and low fertility. When either overseeding or reestablishing lawn areas consider using Fescues- the organic maintenance practices described herein will a lead to a healthy, environmentally friendly low maintenance lawn.

 

Thanks to Maya Thau-Eleff and the Manitoba Eco-Network for their assistance in developing this site.

Last update: September 21, 2017