How to Maintain Your Lawn All Year People spend millions of money on synthetic pesticides to keep their lawn looking great and free of all sorts of insects that would spoil the beautiful look. The pesticides used per acre are much more than what the farmers use on their crops. The worst part of this, is that the pesticides so used are washed into our water streams or to our lakes and rivers or even penetrate our skins. These chemicals can irritate our skin or even get to the blood system. Many people nowadays are careful when their children play on a lawn where they have sprayed some pesticides. Some countries have even started warning against the use of pesticides in lawn areas. That is not to say that people do not love great lawns. You can take care of your lawn without using potentially harmful pesticides and still have great turf. Some home owners are looking for alternative lawn care methods. There is organic lawn care that is feasible and a lot can be said about it. One way of making sure you have a lush lawn without using chemicals is to grow healthy grass. You can have a great landscape without the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. When you are mowing your lawn, you should raise the floor of your mower slightly up, and you will get surprising results. By just raising your floor a few inches, you will realize that with time the grass will begin looking more green. Most of the weed will start disappearing as well. When you spare longer blades of grass they will photosynthesize better and with time will shade the weeds. Using a mulching mower will also yield better results to you. The machine helps in restoring the grass full of nutrients back to the soil. Another way of growing the grass is to aerate it. The market is full of rental machines to help you achieve your goal when you do not have the right machines. The accumulated thatch that prevents water and nutrients to penetrate the soil can be removed using a dethatching machine. You should eliminate the thatch before you even think of aerating the turf. The aerator will help the lawn to open up and to loosen the compacted pieces of soil. After all that you need then to over seed the lawn. Ensure you clean the area using a rake after aerating it and dethatching it. Make sure you remove all the dead grass and prepare the lawn to plant more seeds. When your lawn needs manure or compost, you can use natural materials like composite tea. You will have a very fantastic lawn.