Whatever your beliefs regarding the age of our planet, it’s abundantly clear that bacteria have been rooting around our lawns and gardens for a long, long time—since the very beginning, in fact.
While these one-celled organisms have garnered a somewhat negative connotation, truth is that bacteria and animals (including humans) have always coexisted. Simply put, we wouldn’t be alive today—individually or as a species—if it weren’t for these basic building blocks of life.
Even today, we depend on bacteria for survival. And so do our lawns and gardens.
Learning to Love Bacteria
For every nasty infection, bacteria give us countless benefits—including helping grow much of the food we eat. Sadly, our tendency has been to eliminate them entirely, to the detriment of not only our food supply, but our overall health as well.
Instead, we should be seeking ways to work with bacteria, to unlock their hidden gifts in a way that sustains and nurtures our gardens and lawns.
As one of over 500 Organic Land Care Professionals accredited by the NOFA Organic Land Care Program, we here at Heidelberg Farms takes great pride in working with your soil to help it achieve highest, healthiest potential.
After a long day in the yard, we wash our hands like everyone else. But that doesn’t mean bacteria should be a dirty word.
All bacteria are not created equal
Just because a lawn care product contains “good” bacteria (or is labeled organic) doesn’t mean it’s good for your lawn or garden. True, blighted plants and grass can be helped by introducing bacteria that “takes over” harmful ones. But you might actually be doing more harm than good.
Oftentimes, issues of blight can be attributed to a lack of microorganism variety. That’s where we come in: By deploying a plethora of plants, beneficial organisms, and 100% organic products, Heidelberg Farms helps encourage your lawn’s inner diversity.
The more robust the soil, the more beautiful your plants will be.
Let’s face it: Bacteria will be here long after we’re gone (though chances are they’re waiting for us on Mars, too). By better understanding how and why bacterial roots work, perhaps we can come to see bacteria less as a threat, and more as man’s tiny—and very talented—best friends.
Have questions about the organic lawncare? Call Heidelberg Farms at (603) 501-9919.
Heidelberg Farms serves southern NH, Maine and northern Massachusetts.