Organic Without Watering

mop708October 2, 2013

I'm considering going organic next year, but I had a couple questions. I tend to just let my lawn go dormant in the summer months - after a few $300/month water bills, I decided that I could go without the green lawn for a couple months.

I'm assuming that the process wouldn't be much different than a chemical program. I currently only fertilize when the grass is actively growing. Would this be the same for an organic program? Is there any reason to not let an organic lawn go dormant? Would organic be better for someone who lets his lawn go dormant?

I've read the faq and it only states that watering deeply and infrequently is important, but doesn't really mention anything about letting the lawn go dormant.

Also, I did do a soil test last year and the organic material was in the range it should be in (I don't remember off hand what the actual value was).

Thanks for any input!!

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I'd just like to add that I found my soil analysis from last year and my organic matter is at 4.5%.

Taking into account my lack of watering, does anyone think I'd see better results by going organic.

By the way, I'm in zone 5b - south suburbs of Chicago.

    Bookmark   October 2, 2013 at 2:59PM
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Organic is better for someone like yourself, who lets their lawn 'rest' or go dormant during extreme conditions of heat, btw, other posters will ask your whereabouts, that is handy info.
Organic fertilizers can be applied anytime of year and there is little chance of harming your lawn. The watering methods you have read about will encourage the plant roots to dig deeper down for their water which will make them more drought tolerant, which can also mean a shorter dormancy period.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2013 at 7:00AM
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Grasses have been growing for eons without the help from us and they have been going dormant during the hot and dry summer with no harm to the grasses. The only reason lawns today are managed to be green during the normal summer dormant period is because someone has sold a majority of us on the idea that grass should be green when it normally wants to be dormant.
Except for the social stigma that may be applied allowing a lawn to go dormant probably is more organic then pouring as much water on the lawns as we do would be.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2013 at 7:21AM
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As I read more about organic lawn care, it seems that I would actually be better off going organic. From what I've read, organic lawn care makes the soil better for taking and holding water. So when it does rain, my soil will actually get more of a benefit from it.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2013 at 8:02AM
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A well known point about soils with adequate levels of organic matter is that they soak up and hold much more water than do soils with little organic matter.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2013 at 8:29AM
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