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organic lawn careFeel the chill in the air yet? Okay, we don’t feel it either, but it is August and definitely time to think about your game plan for this fall.

Test your soil
There is still plenty of time for plants and flowers to grow, so testing your soil makes sense. Heidelberg Farms tests soil and we can collect samples from your property.

Plant some grass seed
Late summer and fall is a fantastic time to plant grass seed. A soil test will help you and us determine what kind of seed is best for your lawn.

Mixing seed with compost is a great strategy as is adding topdressing, which is an application of manure or fertilizer to the surface layer your soil/lawn. Try clover seed, which adds nitrogen to your soil.

Plant some perennials
Fall is a wonderful time to get some trees and shrubs into the ground, as cooler temperatures encourage root growth. Mulching new plants is important, too, as is adequate water in those first couple of weeks.

Compost it
Choose a site that is convenient for you and start a compost pile. Choose a site that is shady with good drainage. You can build a compost bin or purchase one.

Compost piles should be well-ventilated, turned regularly and possess a diverse mix of “brown” and “green” materials. Brown materials should include leaves, straw, pine needles, cardboard while green materials include grass clippings, manure, and food waste

Call 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!

The Natural Landscape

Plants have been evolving on the earth for one billion years. In natural meadows, prairies, and forests, diverse plant communities thrive. They did not receive a dose of fertilizer or irrigation, nor did landscape crews come along to make them look great. How do these plants grow in the natural landscape and stay healthy and beautiful without any help? Have you ever wondered how a young tree in the middle of the woods gets enough sunlight? How does it compete with the other mature trees for nutrients?natural landscape

In the natural landscape, plants have formed dynamic relationships with other organisms since the beginning of plant life on earth. Science has just begun uncovering how these relationships work and how plants are in control of them.

The Process

The life in the soil, or the soil food web, is the natural way plants get nutrients and protect themselves. Plants grow deep roots and form unique diverse communities of soil organisms. Most plants form mycorrhizal relationships with fungi that further the reach of roots. The fungi in return receive a little plant sugar in order for both the plant and fungi to thrive together. Bacteria and fungi also break down leaves and organic matter, as well as weather soil minerals for plants. Amoebas and flagellates eat the bacteria, and fungi then ‘poop’ out the nutrients for the plants to use. These creatures and many others, including their many relationships, form the soil food web.

What we can do

 At Heidelberg Farms, we have refined the methods to reintroduce the same natural organisms in your soil that your plants have evolved with over time. We take into consideration the type of plants or lawn that you want to grow as well as the seasonal needs of the plants in order to provide you with a naturally healthy and beautiful landscape. With a little work now, you can spend more time enjoying your yard and less work later, as only periodic care will be needed. Using only organic methods, I can help you return to a more sustainable landscape so you will always be comforted by knowing that your yard is safe for your family.

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