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organicWhen people us the term, organic, there is no real telling what they may mean. Is it a physical characteristic? A process? A noun or adjective? Maybe it is all of these things or none?

Defining ‘organic’
For us at Heidelberg Farms, we see organic as a mindset. It is a way of life that entails looking both above our heads as well as below out feet. Everything is connected—the sky, the birds, the earthworm. What affects one thing will affect the other. It might not happen today or even tomorrow, but it will happen. 

When we say ‘organic,’ we are talking about something all natural—no chemicals, no forced intrusions, or the unnecessary hand of humanity required to “speed’ things along. For us and all organic landscapers, organic starts in the soil and works its way up. 

Did you know that a single teaspoonful of soil contains more than 4 billion micro-organisms? Put that into perspective. There are about 7 billion people on the planet—and in one teaspoon, our soil contains a nearly infinite amount of biological diversity.

The soil
Because it is so diverse and almost magical if you think about it, we at Heidelberg Farms cannot stop talking about the soil, which is full of life. From tiny microbes like bacteria and fungi to small insects like centipedes and larger animals like rabbits, the soil is home to an incredibly diverse array of life. Whether we can see it or not, we depend on what is in our soil.

Life
When we stray from treating the world around us as an interconnected ecosystem, we invite disaster. We need bacteria in our soil to aid in the decomposition of material in soils so plants can get their nutrients. Bacteria are in fact critical in the conversion process of inert forms of nitrogen into ones that can be more easily used by plants.

‘Organic’ is life—and humans are but one part of this vast web. As winter creeps in on us in New England, take a walk around your yard. Look for earthworms, fungi, and other signs of life—and remember, we need them!

Contact us
Have questions? Want to sign up for our organic lawncare program? Mention this blog and get ten percent off any plan. Let’s work together. Call us at (603) 501-9919.

Labels Matter

We’ve all been there before, standing in the grocery store, trying to decide between the $4 bottle of certified organic juice and the $3 “natural” brand.

“Is there really that big of a difference between natural and organic?” you wonder.

Whether we’re talking about lunch-meats, lemons, or lawn care, there can be a big difference between what’s on the label and what’s behind it.

While products designated “natural” are in most cases free of artificial ingredients, hormones, and antibiotics, the term isn’t defined by any federally mandated standards. In other words, the actual quality of the contents can vary dramatically, making a detailed reading of the ingredients all the more important.

To be certified “organic”, on the other hand, means adhering to a specific set of standards adopted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) way back in 2002. In a nutshell, products labeled organic must meet the following criteria:

  • No toxic pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or genetically engineered seeds
  • Strict adherence to animal health and welfare standards
  • Animals must have access to the outdoors

The Heidelberg Difference

As one of over 500 Organic Land Care Professionals accredited by the NOFA Organic Land Care Program, we at Heidelberg Farms take our commitment to organic seriously.

That means no harsh chemicals—ever. But being organic is about much more than what you don’t use. For instance, we specialize in 100% certified composts, compost teas, and extracts, using the life cycles of organisms within the soil as a way of keeping your lawn beautiful and healthy.

By understanding the unique biodiversity within your soil, we’re able to build custom compost mixtures to help your yard to not merely survive, but thrive—sustainably.

As consumers continue trending greener, lawn care companies have been quick to follow suit. But while there’s no shortage of “natural” alternatives, ones that might seem cheaper in the short term, we offer a more comprehensive, holistic approach.

At Heidelberg Farms, we leave no soil left unturned in helping your lawn reach its potential. So remember: When you’re comparing lawn-care companies, words and labels matter!

Have questions about the benefits of organic lawncare? Call Heidelberg Farms at (603) 501-9919.

Heidelberg Farms serves southern NH, Maine and northern Massachusetts.