Why Organic?

Grass obtains nutrients it needs from: Soil minerals, organic matter, fertilizer and atmosphere.

Our organic programs address the health of your lawn at the soil level, through the roots up through the leaves of the grass. We work at two levels in each application: the product and the food to help it achieve its goals. Soil biology is critical in organic lawn care. Our company will look at the current health of your lawn and bring it up to its fullest potential achieving excellent results in a safe and cost effective manner. The following is an outline to our program. The health of lawn and soils vary, and we take that into consideration when treating your property.

The first step in the process is to identify the health of the soil through testing. Our nutrient analysis will look at the pH levels of the soil and determine the acidity and the coarse to take to amend it if necessary. Fall aeration and over-seeding are built into ever program. Please see our aeration page for more information.

What are the primary philosophical differences between maintaining plants organically and synthetically?


Basic Organic Philosophy

ORGANIC
  • Proactive Program (addresses and corrects underlying problems
  • Slow Release Nutrients (spoon feed)
  • Soil is fed and nurtured
  • Soil biology is key to success
  • Problems faces are manifestations of nature
  • Allows plants to grow to full genetic potential
  • Strategy is to promote controlled growth, improve soil biology & strengthen plant
SYNTHETIC
  • Reactive Program (treat symptoms, does not address underlying cause of problem)
  • Fast Release Nutrients (force feed)
  • Soil simply holds plant upright
  • Rotation of pesticides is key to success
  • Problems faces are self inflicted wounds
  • Pushes plants beyond genetic capacity
  • Strategy is to push excessive growth and control problems with pesticides


Basic Organic Strategies

Plant Nutrition
Maintain and promotes healthy soil biology, slow releases fertilizers, kelp, return clippings (no it does not promote thatch), maintain proper pH

Weed Control
Maintain and promote healthy soil biology, corn gluten, calcium, calcium to magnesium ratio, cut lawn at 3”, choke out weeds with healthy turf

Insect Control
Maintain and promote soil biology, slow release fertilizers, neem, soaps, oils, kelp, calcium, beneficial insects, IPM monitoring

Disease Control
Maintain and promote soil biology, slow release nutrients, kelp, calcium, potassium, humic acid, watering habits, cultural practices.


Did you notice that "soil biology" is mentioned in each strategy?
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