Climate Change: 3 Tips to Revive Your Lawn

From heat waves to rainstorms to droughts, climate change has a significant impact on your organic lawn. 

As hundreds of communities endure record-breaking temperatures, homeowners’ lawns are stressed out—brown, weakened and dying. 

There are, however, effective ways to reduce and reverse the toll climate change takes on your yard: 

  1. Top Dress. This simple technique can reap huge rewards. This spring, use a rake to spread 1/4” to 1/2” of sphagnum peat moss over your lawn. This will gradually condition your lawn throughout the year, strengthening grass so it can resist weather damage, disease, weeds and thatch. Peat moss slowly releases water and nutrients as grass plants need it, so you won’t need to water or fertilize as frequently.
  2. Aerate. This season, remove plugs of sod to loosen soil and allow water, air and fertilizer to reach grass plants’ root structure. For smaller yards or concentrated trouble spots in larger yards, use a manual aerating tool to remove plugs from turf. If you have an extremely large yard, consider renting a power aerator.
  3. Start from Scratch. Is your lawn so far gone that you need to scrap it and start over? Proper soil preparation can help lay the groundwork—literally—for a healthier, more trouble-resistant lawn. Before you seed or lay sod, dig or rototill 2” of peat moss into the top 6 inches of soil to help provide extra protection from the elements. The next time Mother Nature unleashes weird weather, your lawn will be better equipped to cope. 

For free online brochures and educational videos, visit the Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association.

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  • Charles Warsinske  March 29, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    The biggest problem with peat moss is that it’s environmentally bankrupt.

    Peat moss is mined, which involves scraping off the top layer of living sphagnum moss. The sphagnum peat bog above the mined product is a habitat for plants like sundews, butterwort and bog rosemary, as well as rare and endangered animals like dragonflies, frogs and birds, not to mention the living moss itself. Despite manufacturers’ claims that the bogs are easy to restore, the delicate community that inhabits the bog cannot be quickly re-established. Yes, peat moss is a renewable resource, but it can take hundreds to thousands of years to form.

    Like all precious wetlands, peat bogs purify fresh air and even mitigate flood damage.

    And there are archeological reasons to preserve peat bogs. In the acidic moss below the living layer, wooden artifacts of people who lived long ago survive, even the remains of the people themselves. CO2 is also preserved – trapped in the moss, but released into the air when mined. In fact, peat bogs store about 10% of all fixed carbon.

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  • virginia rockwell  April 5, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    i beg to differ: europeans have for almost 20 years boycotted the sale of peat moss and peat-based potting soil because it is NOT renewable in a time frame we can live with. It takes millennia to renew a peat bog. Coir, leaf mold (the unappetizing name for last year’s composted leaves, very tasty to lawns and gardens), composted leaves from your local city composting facility, perhaps composted and ‘cooked’ with poultry litter or cow manure – any of these are far more sustainable than this advertising – because that’s what it is – from the canadian sphagnum peat moss association. leaving your own grass clippings on the lawn will do the same thing, much more sustainably and economically.

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