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“Like the human body, lawns must be cared for as a whole”

 

A Trip to the Doctor
Chances are you’ve never thought of organic lawn care and the human body in the
same breath, but the similarities are more striking than one might think.
Say you’ve come down with some mysterious bacterial bug—sick enough to warrant
a trip to the doctor. When he or she prescribes you medication, it’s likely not
designed to target some area or organ of the body in particular. Instead, the
medicine addresses the systemic issue underlying the symptoms.
That is, it treats and strengthens the whole body, rather than any one specific area.
In some ways, treating your lawn or yard is no different. While the temptation might
be to mask the blights or problem areas (call it “the cough syrup solution”), a
healthy “body” begins with the treating the system—the soil, in this case.

Supporting the System
At Heidelberg Farms—one of over 500 Organic Land Care Professionals accredited
by the NOFA Organic Land Care Program—we start by taking stock of what makes
your lawn tick.
The ground contains millions of microorganisms, all of which play a role in making
sure the soil is healthy enough to support the botanicals above. Once we know how
your yard works, we use a combination of plants, composts, and other organic
methods to encourage the soil’s inner (and often hidden) potential.
Just as bad eating habits lead to health issues in humans, using harsh chemicals and
fertilizers can take your lawn years to recover from. The good news is it’s never too
late for a health kick—for you or your yard!

New Yard’s Resolution
We New Englanders are lucky to have some of the most diverse plants and
botanicals anywhere in the country. Rather than making your yard look like
everyone else’s in the neighborhood, try something different, and let the lawn be
what it’s always wanted to be: healthy, happy, and teeming with life!

Heidelberg Farms serves Southern Maine, New Hampshire, and Northern
Massachusetts. Have questions about the organic lawncare?                                                              Call Heidelberg Farms at (603) 501-9919

Fall is right around the corner and with it comes lots of colorful leaves. So what is the best thing you can do with all these leaves? Here are some things to consider this season that will help improve the quality of your lawn.

  • Mulch your fall leaves and leave them on your lawn.
  • Build a leaf pile now for compost next spring. If leaves are mixed in with your discarded produce, it will help to properly balance the carbon and nitrogen for next spring as well as control insects and also cut down on odor.
  • Leaf piles placed away from the house will provide a habitat for wildlife.

fall leavesFallen leaves carry between 50 to 80 percent of the nutrients a tree extracts from the soil and air, including carbon, potassium, and phosphorus. For garden plots, this means that a three-inch layer of  leaves spread over them will add organic matter, protect garden soil from compaction caused by rainfall and restrict weed growth.

If you mow over your fall leaves each week, they’ll break down over the winter and provide your soil with critical nutrients. The leaves will also shade the soil which will result in fewer lawn weeds next year.

The biggest takeaway here is that everything in your yard can serve a productive purpose and fall leaves are no different. With patience and planning, using your leaves for compost or leaving them in your yard after mowing them can provide an important nutrient dense building block for a healthier lawn in the future.

Contact Us

Heidelberg Farms serves southern NH, Maine and northern Massachusetts. We are among over 500 Organic Land Care Professionals throughout the Northeast and beyond that are accredited by the NOFA Organic Land Care Program.

We take our role as land stewards very seriously and appreciate your consideration. We care not just about your lawn, but you! Call us at (603) 501 9919!