Why go organic?
If you have kids or pets it's an easy decision, but if not, here are a few reasons: an organic lawn will save you time, energy and money. In a nutshell, organic lawns require half as much maintenance, are less habitable for weeds, require less water and keep harmful chemicals out of water supplies.
Organic lawn care is as much about changing your lawncare practices and expectations as it is about choosing the right products. The goal is to create an environment that allows your grass to become more self sufficient and less reliant on chemical fertilizers and control products. The key to creating a healthy, self-sufficient lawn is revitilizing the soil.
Soil biology-The key to a healthy, self sufficient Lawn
Over the last 500 million years plants and beneficial soil microorganisms have developed a symbiotic relationship. When a plant photosynthesizes it releases a carbon exudate into the soil, which microorganisms utilize as a food source. The microbes then surround the root to feed on the carbon and in return protect the plant roots, recycle nutrients, improve nutrient availability, improve nutrient absorption, minimize nutrient leaching and improve the soil structure over time. As you can see this truly is a "symbiotic relationship".
Today many soils are out of balance and are virtually devoid of beneficial microbial populations due primarily to an over reliance on "quick fix" cultural practices, which rely on synthetic fertilizers and pesticides to manage turf. Synthetic fertilizers push excessive plant growth which actually weakens the plant and makes it a target for insects and disease. Pesticides applied to control lawn insects elevate the problem by killing beneficial soil microorganisms. When the microbes are no longer there to protect the roots you are forced to apply more pesticides and the cycle continues.
So creating a healthy, self-sufficient lawn starts by revitalizing the soil biology and re-establishing beneficial microbial populations. This can be achieved through the use of quality organic lawn care products along with responsible lawn care maintenance practices.
Organic Lawn Care Products
Organica's 4 Step Program is a back to basics approach to plant management designed to revitalize soil biology and provide a foundation for healthy turf growth. Organica's "Natural Lawn Program" is designed to re-establish beneficial microbial populations and provide the soil with the necessary components to promote healthy controlled growth and reduce plant stress.
All Natural, All Purpose Plant Food with Bio-tone® Microbes
Plant-tone is the original all natural plant food made from quality organic ingredients. Plant-tone’s natural organics breakdown gradually, providing a safe, long lasting food reservoir activated throughout the growing season. Plant-tone’s all natural formula contains Bio-tone®, our proprietary blend of beneficial microbes. Bio-tone biologically enhances our natural plant food to ensure superior plant growth. Plant-tone is approved for organic gardening.
For established lawns, apply 20 lbs. per 1,000 sq. ft. 3 times a year – Spring, Summer and Fall.
Neptune's Harvest is an organic fertilizer made from fresh North Atlantic fish and seaweed. It’s made by a unique cold process that protects the vitamins, amino acids, enzymes and growth hormones.
It also contains all the micro and macro nutrients naturally found in fish. The nitrogen and other nutrients are chelated, so they are readily available for plants consumption. Unlike fish emulsions, Neptune's Harvest retains the fish proteins and oils and has no unpleasant odor. University studies have shown Neptune's Harvest to outperform chemical fertilizers.
Jonathan Green Organic Lawn Fertilizer is 100% Organic and contains kelp, feather, bone and blood meals, amino acids and humates. These ingredients help to rejuvenate your lawn with a slow, gentle feeding. They promote green-up without excessive top-growth. It won’t burn your lawn so it can be applied at any time of the year.