Intro to Organic Lawn Care – Part II

Organic Lawn Care

Heidelberg Farms believes very strongly in following the practice of exclusively using natural, organic products—it is good for the earth, which is clearly not the case with synthetic products.

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The major difference with synthetic products is that they treat symptoms rather than solve problems. Problems with your yard or garden start in your soil. If you do not know what is in your soil, then no treatment plan is going to create a sustainable solution that is good for the environment.

Organic lawn care incorporates several key principles into its methodology. Grass height is a huge factor—and common cultural practices generally encourage people to mow as low to the ground as possible. Lower is better, right? Wrong. The opposite is true, as tall blades of grass have more surface area exposed to the sun. This surface area enables these blades to photosynthesize more sugars and starches for root growth. If your grass roots are healthy, they can absorb more water and nutrients, which makes for healthier grass blades.

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According to researchers at the University of Maryland, higher grass works better than
herbicides at suppressing crabgrass. It may also suppress low-growing weeds like dandelions. For lawn care treatment plans that use synthetic or chemical products, you generally see 4-step programs based on specific dates in a calendar. This sort of program misses the mark.

In a natural lawn care program, we pay attention to the seasons, but what we do is based on science. One of the mistakes we often see is trying to swap out a synthetic product for a natural one—that is not how organic lawn care works. In a natural program, we analyze your soil under a microscope and work out an understanding of the soil food web that exists there.

Heidelberg Farms implements incremental changes through products and process, analyzes the progress and makes adjustments. Organic lawn care is not a race to a finish line. It is a process that takes time. In as little as two years, though, you will have a lawn that can better take care of itself, which will result in you not needing to take as much time to care for it (and save you money in the long-term).

Invest in the soil beneath you and it will reward you. Have questions? Call Heidelberg Farms at (603) 501-9919. Have a conversation with us—no obligations here—just great education.