Frequently Asked Questions

What is organic lawn management and how is it different than the stuff I'm using now?

An organic lawn uses only natural methods and no synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or chemical herbicides. Conventional fertilizers and pesticides destroy the soil's natural ecosystem, causing the lawn to become chemically dependent and relying on more chemicals to sustain it.
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Our lawn looks good now, how do I get my husband/wife on board with an organic program?

No one appreciates the "perfect lawn" more than me. As a father and a home owner, there is nothing better than kicking a soccer ball around on fresh cut lush green grass in the summer with the kids. I understand that lawns are an important part of most landscapes and can get quite competitive in some neighborhoods. I think we all want to have the "greener" grass on our side of the fence. The organic lawns we manage (including my own) are in fact lush and green, but one big advantage they have over the artificial lawn…my organic lawns are safe.

Are chemical fertilizers and pesticides harmful?

Instead of trying to explain everything I know about the dangerous affects of lawn pesticides, I would like you to visit a few websites that will really open your eyes.
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If I go organic, can I still have a nice lawn?

Absolutely. Building a healthy soil will result in a healthy lawn. We have transitioned many lawns off chemicals with great success. To fully transition a lawn may take a few seasons, but with a plan in place we make it easy to chart progress.

How is an organic plan different than the conventional 5 step program that we use now?

Most conventional programs act like steroids for the lawn, continuous chemical injections and pesticide applications whether the lawn needs it or not.
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What does an example of a typical organic program look like?

  1. Soil test- We take soil samples from different areas of the lawn and send them off to a lab for testing. The results will show things like soil PH, which is a scale used to determine the acidity or alkalinity of the soil. It will also tell us nutrient levels and percentage of organic matter, which is important in growing a healthy lawn.
  2. Ammending soil- Based on the results of the soil test, now we know exactly what we need to balance the PH levels, adding nutrients and top dressing with compost are a few examples of soil amendments.
  3. Over seeding- A thick healthy lawn will out compete most weeds, so applying the right seed for the property at the right time will thicken the lawn and keep the weed population low.
  4. Core aeration- Most lawns that get a lot of foot traffic can become compact, which makes it difficult for the root system to get what it needs (air, water, nutrients). Aerating is typically done with a machine that removes 3 inch plugs of soil throughout the lawn.
  5. Compost top dress- Compost is decomposed organic matter (leaves, grass clippings, etc) It contains beneficial nutrients and microbes that play a huge part in the soil health. We usually spread approx. ¼ inch of compost on an existing lawn and this will improve the soil's health and biology.
  6. Maintenance adjustments- Proper care is important for maintaining a natural lawn. We make recommendations like mowing height and a watering schedule.

We take care of our own lawn / we like our current mowing service. Do we have to switch?

No, keep your landscaper or do your own mowing, just stop wasting money on chemicals! Pure lawns will manage the lawn organically (testing, fertilizing, seeding, etc.) We may request a few adjustments to the mowing technique and we will gladly contact your current service and work together with them.

Is an organic plan more expensive?

Initially it may cost more to transition the lawn off chemicals, but overtime your lawn will become more sustainable. An organic lawn is resistant to disease and pests, so there is no longer a continued need for pesticides. The lawn will need less watering and become more drought resistant. Organic lawns do not require constant fertilizing, so there is a significant savings over a 2 year period.