Whether you are just now introducing a lawn care program to your lawn or transitioning your lawn from chemical to an organic lawn the following will give you the understanding of the process and what the difference is. Have you ever wandered what is organic lawn care? “Organic lawn care in Delaware is the process of creating healthy turf by employing the use of natural inputs to build organic matter in the soil”
Of course this is a very open ended definition. Naturally we all have our own thoughts on how organic lawn care should be defined and at this point there are no official standards in the industry. In the end, we all want to reduce and eliminate the use of chemical fertilizers and dangerous pesticides and the most efficient and effective way to do this that is to focus on soil improvement.
A conventional approach to lawn care in Delaware relies specifically on the use of synthetic fertilizers to push un-natural growth and applying chemical pesticides to contend with problems that are created by un-natural process.
Organic lawn care in Delaware relies heavily on nature’s own defense mechanisms to ensure that plants are not impacted negatively by invaders such as weeds, insects, and disease. Once you’ve begun to maintain a healthy soil environment you must depend on proper mowing and watering habits. As soil biology is improved we must commit to never go back to destroying it again. Discontinuing the use of synthetic fertilizers and dangerous pesticides is the first step in improving your Delaware soil.
Our Lawn Care Company will address soil biology thereby giving you a competitive advantage over “other organic lawn care companies.” We believe that successful “Organic Plant Management” begins and ends with soil biology! In order for plants to thrive in the face of environmental extremes the soil profile supporting that plant must contain a diverse population of beneficial microorganisms.
The products we use on lawns in Sussex County, Delaware, feed the soil through the introduction of select beneficial microbial species allowing them to facilitate the natural processes inherent to healthy plant growth. Our products we use have a diverse array of beneficial soil microorganisms with natural plant extracts and organic nutrients to create microbial systems. These natural systems simultaneously feed the soil and the plant, which allows plants to grow to their full genetic potential.
What are the primary philosophical differences between maintaining plants organically and synthetically?
BASIC ORGANIC PHILOSOPHY
- Proactive Program (addresses and corrects underlying problems)
- Slow Release Nutrients (spoon feed)
- Soil is fed & nurtured
- Soil biology is key to success
- Problems faced are manifestations of nature
- Allows plants to grow to full genetic potential
- 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 faced are self inflicted wounds
- Pushes plants beyond genetic capacity
- Strategy is to push excessive growth and control
- Strategy is to promote controlled growth, problems with pesticides improve soil biology & strengthen plant
BASIC ORGANIC STRATEGIES
Maintain and promote healthy soil biology, slow release fertilizers, kelp, return
- Plant clippings (no it does not promote thatch), maintain proper Ph Nutrition Maintain and promote healthy soil biology, corn gluten, calcium, calcium to
- Weed Control magnesium ratio, cut lawn @ 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, holmic acid, watering habits.
Did you notice “soil biology” is mentioned in every strategy?