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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

Going organic” is an idea as old as human civilization

From Produce to “Progress”
It’s easy to take for granted, but “organic lawn care” has been around longer than
human civilization itself. In fact, agriculture is the main reason human culture—art,
science, government—even exists at all.
Still, while learning to work the land may have yielded countless benefits, man’s
green-thumb ambitions have also incurred significant costs, both to our species and
the planet as a whole.
As modern farming techniques grew to include more pesticides and genetically-
modified organisms, so too did our approaches to lawn care. Biodiversity and
natural native plants were out, homogenous grasses were in, and our yards haven’t
been the same, or as healthy, ever since.

…To Pestilence
Just as you can’t gauge the wellness of a population on life expectancy alone, the
image of American yards—green, flourishing, and without blemishes—doesn’t tell
the whole story.
Indeed, it’s easy to make the connection between processed foods on the one hand,
and pesticides on the other: Both give the illusion of being more beneficial, and
more affordable, than the organic alternative, at least on the surface.
Dig a bit deeper, though, you soon discover that many of these “modern
conveniences” are actually doing more harm than good. In the case of our food,
those additives contribute to—and may even cause—significant health problems,
including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Meanwhile, herbicides and pesticides
deplete the soil’s microbial variety, demanding more maintenance (read: trips to the
doctors) at increased frequency.

…And Back Again
Luckily, the agriculture pendulum has begun to swing back towards healthier, more
holistic products and practices. Thanks to reams of scientific research, we now
know that healthy plants—whether deep in the woods or in your own back
yard—depend on delicate, diverse interplays between countless individual
organisms.

But being organic is about more than what you don’t use. For example, 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.

Our agricultural history might be mixed, but the future remains unwritten.                              Make your mark by going organic!

Serving Southern Maine, New Hampshire, and Northern Massachusetts, Heidelberg
Farms is one of over 500 Organic Land Care Professionals accredited by the NOFA
Organic Land Care Program.
Have questions about the organic lawncare?                                                                                          Call Heidelberg Farms at (603) 501- 9919.

When it comes to lawn care, let’s remember our (bacterial) roots

 

Life Partners
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 they 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.

Newly accredited organic lawncare services are now available from NH-based landscaper Steve Phillips of Heidelberg Farms.

heidelberg farmsHaving offered organic lawncare services for years, Philips took the extra step to become accredited by the Northeast Organic Farming Association by recently completing an intensive four-day course in Connecticut. The course was taught by highly experienced scientists and leaders in the “green” industry, each of whom have pledged to provide services according to the NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care.

For Phillips, accreditation is not just an empty qualifier about his business, but rather an important indicator of knowledge.

“I learned so much in those four days, including the fact that many supposedly ‘green’ practices are not green at all,” he said. “I look forward to adhering to the principles of NOFA and delivering legitimately green and organic services to my clients. I feel a tremendous sense of responsibility to the earth and I know others feel the same way.”

Individuals must pass a rigorous test to become accredited.

“It was pretty hard—I am really happy I passed,” Phillips added.

The NOFA Accreditation Courses are held annually in Connecticut and other parts of the Northeast. They generally attract landscapers and designers from large and small firms, state and municipal employees, school groundskeepers, garden and nursery center owners and staff, professors, and others. The course curriculum—covering all topics of organic land care—is especially important today as more people become aware of the danger that synthetic pesticides and fertilizers pose to biodiversity, water quality and ecosystem health.

To learn more about Heidelberg Farms , call Phillips at (603) 501-9919.

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