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How to Grow an Organic Lawn: An Interview with Jackson Weston of Weston Gardens

By Jackson Weston

Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.

Weston Gardens was started over 30 years ago by Randy and Sue Weston. We provide several different services. We have a nursery and garden center, landscaping division, wholesale plant division, landscape design services, and weddings in our demonstration gardens. Across the street from our nursery are demonstration gardens that span 3-4 acres. Our specialty is Texas native and adapted plants. We sell plants that will survive in the dry conditions of Texas and help to conserve water. That is our philosophy.

What are the most popular gardening practices that are health hazards and can be harmful to the environment?

We are completely organic and do not sell any chemicals. Any use of chemicals is harmful to the environment in some way.

What makes a lawn organic?

An organic lawn is one where no chemicals are used. It is grown successfully with organic remedies to pests, organic fertilizers, and consistent watering regiments.

What makes an organic lawn different from the traditional lawn?

Traditional lawns are cared for with chemicals and many times are watered too frequently. An organic lawn is allowed to be self sustaining. It is not over-watered- sometimes even more drought tolerant grasses can be used to limit fertilization and watering. We often recommend Buffalo Grass or Turfalo which are more drought tolerant. Organic lawns are also used with organic remedies instead of harsh chemicals.

How is an organic lawn set up? What are the basic steps carried out in the process?

When watering a lawn, it must be done deeply and infrequently. Water it 5-6 inches deep and let it dry out in between watering. Fertilization should be done with a granular fertilizer. Lady Bug granular fertilizer is the brand that we recommend. It lasts the longest and slowly absorbs into the grass. The grass receives balanced nutrition from this fertilizer.

Organic Compost should also be sprinkled on top of the grass. This will keep the grass green and healthy. Also, to fight pests in the grass such as Fire Ants, Fleas, and Ticks, use organic remedies instead of chemicals. Diatomaceous Earth works really well on these pests. It is a white powder that will cut the bugs up. It consists of small bones and organic particles that have decomposed.

What is the best advice you give homeowners on how to maintain their organic lawns?

The key parts of organic lawn maintenance are watering and fertilization. Again, it is extremely important to water deeply and less frequently. The roots need a good soaking when watered. It is important to let it dry out before watered again. You don't want to bog the lawn down with too much water. It is best to use those slow release organic fertilizers that give the lawn a steady source of nutrition. The best part of having an organic lawn is that it is self reliant. It does not constantly need to soak up water or chemicals.

What's the best way for people to get in contact with you and your company?

You can contact us at 817-572-0549 or email us at weston@westongardens.com if you have any questions. We are located at 8101 Anglin Drive Fort Worth, TX 76140 if you want to come visit us.

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Jackson Weston owns and manages Weston Gardens.

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