Having a great looking lawn depends on ensuring your grass plants get the nutrients and water they need to develop strong root systems, so they can withstand drought and battle insects and fungal infestations. But sometimes, getting all the nutrients your lawn need can become an expensive endeavor. That’s when it’s time to look for alternatives to pricey store-bought fertilizers that can enable you to feed your lawn without deleting your bank account.
If you’re lucky enough to live near a horse or dairy farm and you have the space to compost manure without drawing the wrath of every neighbor within a block radius, good for you; but for most of us, we need to find other ways of keeping our lawns green and healthy.
The Benefits of Coffee Grounds
Fortunately, most of us have access to one waste product that not only feeds our grass, but it also smells good while it’s doing it. That “miracle” product is, as the title says, coffee grounds, and it can provide your lawn and your other plants with much-needed nutrients and other important benefits. For instance, coffee grounds:
- are a good source of compostable nitrogen, which is vital for lawn health;
- are close to pH neutral, which means they won’t burn your grass plants like some other forms of natural nitrogen;
- repel slugs and snails without the need for poisonous pesticides, so you have fewer pests to worry about;
- improve the structure of soil, especially in heavy or clayey soils, for better, deeper root development.
Plus, they’re easy to apply: Simply apply them directly to the soil, ideally before aerating, so they mix in. Coffee grounds help microorganisms break down the soil so nutrients are more available for plant use, but to do that, they need a boost of nitrogen; consider applying nitrogen at the same time as you apply your coffee grounds to ensure your plants and your helpful microorganisms are competing for the same source of nitrogen. You can store your extra coffee grounds in a plastic trash can or throw them on your compost pile or work them into the soil around your other plants along with a boost of nitrogen-based fertilizer.
Where to Get Coffee Grounds
Now you know how to use them – where do you get them? Well, you could haunt your friends and neighbors, but that would be about as popular as the idea of using cow manure to fertilize your lawn. Instead, ask your local coffee shop if you can have their spent grounds. Most coffee shops are happy to have someone take them, especially if you’re a loyal customer. Restaurants can be another option, but most restaurants are too busy and diversified to be bothered with setting aside their grounds.
Of course, feeding is just one part of having a great-looking lawn. Keeping it properly watered is also critical, and having an up-to-date sprinkler system is the best way to do it. At Garden Irrigation, we offer the most advanced sprinklers and components to help New Jersey residents keep their lawns green no matter what Mother Nature brings our way. To learn more about the sprinkler system options we offer and how sprinklers can help you keep your New Jersey lawn green and healthy, give us a call at 1-800-WET LAWN or Contact Us today.