WHAT TO EXPECT FROM AN ORGANIC LAWN
Organic lawn care is more than the absence of chemicals. It is a process that combines careful observation and analysis, safe and nutritive product inputs and effective maintenance techniques. Creating fertile soil (which is the main focus behind any organic lawn care program) and naturally resistant grass takes some time, but it is well worth the wait. The results are a healthy and sustainable landscape. The process involved in achieving this healthy state will depend, to some degree, on the previous methods used to care for the lawn. Lawns that are being transitioned from a chemical to an organic approach may experience “withdrawal” type symptoms such as poor nutrient uptake, poor drought resistance, and susceptibility to weeds. However, this is rectified by adding as much organic matter to your lawn as possible.
The more intense the previous chemical and maintenance lawn care program, the more challenging the transition. However, each organic step along the way improves soil quality, not to mention environmental well-being. Be patient – the complete transition may take a year or two but in the end you will have a healthy, vibrant lawn.
WHY CHEMICAL-FREE LAWN CARE?
- A healthier environment for property owners, visitors and passers by
- A more welcome habitat for pets, birds and butterflies.
- A lawn that is more lush and vibrant than its chemical counterpart
- Very easy to maintain with reduced watering
ARE CHEMICALS NECESSARY IN A LAWN CARE PROGRAM?
No! Organic lawn care practices create a healthy soil filled with a variety of beneficial organisms that naturally create conditions for a healthy lawn. We also must learn to enjoy the natural diversity in our lawns!
Our Base Program
Spring – Organic Lawn Fertilizer
Late Spring- Organic Lawn Fertilizer
Summer – Organic Lawn Fertilizer
Fall – Organic Lawn Fertilizer
FREE Soil pH Test
FREE Kelp Fertilizer Application ($60 value)**
add Weed Control $144.00*
(EVERY WEED IS TREATED!)
add Core Aeration $60.00*
(1 separate visit)
add Insect and Grub Insurance $60.00*
(unlimited visits… ask for details)
* based on 2000 sq.ft of lawn area
** free kelp application available to new customers only
What are the lawn care practices that are necessary for a healthy lawn?
- Set your mower as high as it will go; 2.5 to 3 inches
- Sharpen the blades routinely!
- Mow regularly – but never cut off more than one-third of the grass stem at a time!
- Water only when your lawn shows signs of drought stress and then water deeply (put a cup in your sprinkler zone and make sure it gets at least an inch and a half of water)
- Choose the right grass – choose a grass seed that contains a mixture of mostly Creeping Red Fescue, endophytic ryegrasses, and some Kentucky bluegrass and spread them on your lawn in late fall/early winter (Dormant Overseed). A thick lawn will prevent weeds from invading your lawn!
- Grasscycle – leave your grass clippings on the lawn to return nutrients to the soil. This will reduce your need for fertilizer by 30%, and reduce your need for watering (grass clippings are more than 95% water)
- Remove Thatch – thatch is a thick compacted layer of dead plants and grass which attracts harmful insects. Too much thatch stops water and nutrients from getting to the roots