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Even if you have no clue what constitutes green lawn care, if you’re reading this, chances are you have a pretty good idea what “organic” means.

organicNo pesticides or harsh chemicals; hormone-free; USDA-certified: You know the basics. But while buying organic has never been easier (or more cost-effective), adopting a truly green lifestyle can feel daunting—especially when it comes to bigger investments like, say, turning your yard into a haven of organic goodness.

Never fear! Heidelberg Farms is here to help, with the five biggest reasons why you, wonderful blog-reader, should switch to a better, greener lawn care approach:

1. It’s a great way to lower your carbon footprint—Heidelberg Farms uses a plethora of plants, microorganisms, and organic products to strengthen your yard’s biodiversity and trap more carbon. Even when you’re asleep, your yard is doing its part to heal the planet. If that doesn’t help you rest easier, what will?

2. No more harmful chemicals and pesticides—They say you are what you eat, but you’re also the land you live on. So what would you rather be exposed to: nasty chemicals that are known to cause wide-ranging health problems, or organic materials taken straight from Mother Nature herself? Exactly!

3. Sharing the gift of green—Once you see just how lovely your yard can be, you can take pride in sharing your experience with friends and family. It doesn’t get more “Think Globally, Act Locally” than that! Heck, you can even send them this link! 

4. Your wallet will thank you—While cheaper up front, traditional lawn care techniques require regular maintenance, not to mention more watering. We set your yard up for long-term success, which actually reduces overall costs.

5. It looks beautiful—Plastic green lawns are soooo 1980s! At Heidelberg Farms, we work with your yard’s unique biochemical profile to strengthen and detoxify the soil. Stronger roots and better water-holding capacity mean healthier, more robust grass and plants. You live in New England; let your lawn live there, too!

Heidelberg Farms is committed to helping your lawn be healthier, happier, and greener—in more ways than one. Have questions about the benefits of organic lawn care? Call Heidelberg Farms at (603) 501-9919.

Heidelberg Farms serves southern NH, Maine and northern Massachusetts.

non toxic environmentRecently, we had a chance to connect with Diane Carpinone at Non Toxic 
Dover to discuss all things related to lawn care. You see, she is not only a 
client of ours, she is helping to spearhead some really exciting initiatives at 
Non Toxic Dover.

Read the latest press on our collaboration HERE.

In talking with her at her home, both of us got pretty excited thinking about the future. People are starting to become aware that what we do to our soil matters. Towns are starting to take notice. Organizations are starting to invest in organic landscape programs. People are starting to ask questions about their landscapers.

I think one of the biggest misconceptions out there is that people tend to think of organic folks as “granola” people without a whole lot of science to back things up. It is not true. Organic is science at its best. We use a microscope to analyze your soil and build treatment plans that reintroduce biological processes back into lawns and gardens.

For people like Diana, her fight is similar to ours except she is taking it right to town managers and civil agencies. She is educating towns and the general public about many of the same things we do with our clients. Together, I think we can do great things, because what can possibly be more important than a non toxic environment for your family? Learn more about Non Toxic Dover by clicking HERE.

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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!

organic lawn careGet started today with an organic lawn care program from Heidelberg Farms. Why? Well, it all starts from the roots up, which is the concept behind our organic lawn care program, From the Roots Up!

We believe in the power of the soil and the science that supports the responsible management of its use.

Soil is not just inert matter. It is alive with all kinds of biological organisms and systems that depend on one another.

These systems do not operate in a silo either. They connect with our food, the ecosystem itself. Birds, butterflies, humans, wildlife—we all depend on the soil!

When companies or people use chemicals to treat their lawns, the damage that is done to the soil will take years to repair. Yes, you have a green lawn, but you also have chemicals that get onto your clothes, your hands and in the mouths of your children. Yes, kids sticks their fingers in their mouths all the time, so when they are rolling around that beautiful green lawn, they are picking up those chemicals, too.

Organic lawn care does not mean that you cannot have a wonderful yard. It just means it will take a little time. Think about your return on your investment, though. You will get a green, lush yard and garden—and you will have worked with nature to achieve that sustainable result.

You will not need to water your yard and garden all the time either, as a well-functioning lawn and garden is self-sustaining. It is using biology to feed itself. Water is of course important, but you won’t need to run around with your sprinkler like you would for a chemically treated lawn.

Have questions? Call Heidelberg Farms at (603) 501-9919.

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.

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

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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!

As a proud member of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), we subscribe to their principles, which inform what we do with every customer. 

Basic Principles of Organic Lawn Care

  1. Principle of health. Organic land care should sustain and enhance the health of soil, water, air, plant, animal, human, and planet as one and indivisible.
  2. Principle of ecology. Organic land care should be based on ecological systems and
    cycles and should work with them, emulate them, and help sustain them.
  3. Principle of care. Organic land care should be managed in a precautionary and
    responsible manner to protect the health and well-being of current and future generations
    and the environment.
  4. Principle of fairness. Organic land care should build on relationships that ensure
    fairness with regard to the common environment and life opportunities. Fairness
    is characterized by equity, respect, justice, and stewardship of the shared world, both
    among people and in their relationships to other living beings.

What Heidelberg Farms loves about these principles is that they demonstrate clearly that organic lawn care is much more than a program. It is a way of life and a way of looking at the world.

All too often, people tend to forget how dependent we are not only on one another, but on the environment. Everything–trees, people, insects, animals, the soil food web under out feet–is connected in a vast web. When we make decisions that compromise any part of that delicate, but self-sustaining web, we ultimately compromise ourselves.

Have questions about organic lawn care? Want to talk with us and learn more? We offer free consultations with no expectations. We would much rather have you as an informed friend and citizen of the world than just a client. Okay, we would love more clients–but you get what we mean!

Call us at (603) 501–9919. Together, we can make a difference today.

organic lawn careAll of our work starts with the soil. For us, understanding as much as possible about the environmental conditions within your landscape, including your family’s use as well as aesthetic expectations, are vital to creating a successful maintenance program. As you’ll see, our organic lawn care programs are continuously adjusted to meet the needs of your landscape systems.

Restoring and maintaining the natural nutrient cycling system is at the heart of Heidelberg Farms’ From the Roots Up! organic lawn care programs. The benefits of this approach include improved nutrient and moisture availability and retention, disease suppression, aeration, and degradation of harmful pollutants achieved without chemical or synthetic methods.

What can you expect from our organic lawn care program?

Nutrient Retention: Beneficial organisms keep nutrients in the root zone, by preventing leaching Leaching happens when nitrogen and other nutrients from the soil are washed away as in synthetic fertilizers. This stops nutrients from contaminating the water table, another important benefit.

Nutrient Availability: The symbiotic relationship between bacteria, fungi, and roots helps plants access micronutrients from the soil. Protozoa feed on the bacteria and fungi, releasing a form of the nutrient easily absorbed by the plant. An organic program focuses on building up the soil life needed to optimize nitrogen and nutrient cycling.

Moisture Retention: Organic matter retains water in the root zone long enough to be taken up by plants, dramatically reducing the need to water. Reduced irrigation saves money and more environmentally sound.
Pest and Disease Control: Beneficial nematodes and fungi protect the roots of plants from disease-causing organisms waiting to attack.

Aeration: organisms aerate and give structure to the soil by creating space for air water and roots. Beneficial organisms help to create the soil conditions to grow strong healthy plants.

Breakdown of Pollutants: healthy soil includes organisms that consume a wide range of pollutants and safely destroy them.

Call Heidelberg Farms at (603) 501-9919 or fill out our contact form. We cannot wait to work with you!

For years, Heidelberg Farms has worked to educate people on the realities behind organic lawn care programs, which is why we are so excited to release our brand new From The Roots Up! services program.

Organic Lawn Care Services

Organic lawn careWhat is this going to cost? We get this question all the time, and we do have pricing strategies, but we had never taken the time to really sit down and write it all out.

This winter, we have taken the time to think a lot of things through–from introducing our first e-book to now releasing a booklet that lists our basic services and what they cost.

We are excited about these offerings and hope to partner with more people in 2017 and exceed people’s expectations about organic lawn care.
  

Save Money

If you have made it this far in our blog post, we thank you and also offer you 10% percent off any  From The Roots Up! lawn program. Call me at (603) 501–9919. I am Steve, and I own Heidelberg Farms, and I honestly believe that we can make a difference on this planet through organic lawn care and gardening. We can do our part.

 

 

 

Organic Lawn Care

Heidelberg Farms believes very strongly in following the practice of exclusively using natural, organic products—it is good for the earth, which is clearly not the case with synthetic products.

organic lawn careThe major difference with synthetic products is that they treat symptoms rather than solve problems. Problems with your yard or garden start in your soil. If you do not know what is in your soil, then no treatment plan is going to create a sustainable solution that is good for the environment.

Organic lawn care incorporates several key principles into its methodology. Grass height is a huge factor—and common cultural practices generally encourage people to mow as low to the ground as possible. Lower is better, right? Wrong. The opposite is true, as tall blades of grass have more surface area exposed to the sun. This surface area enables these blades to photosynthesize more sugars and starches for root growth. If your grass roots are healthy, they can absorb more water and nutrients, which makes for healthier grass blades.

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According to researchers at the University of Maryland, higher grass works better than
herbicides at suppressing crabgrass. It may also suppress low-growing weeds like dandelions. For lawn care treatment plans that use synthetic or chemical products, you generally see 4-step programs based on specific dates in a calendar. This sort of program misses the mark.

In a natural lawn care program, we pay attention to the seasons, but what we do is based on science. One of the mistakes we often see is trying to swap out a synthetic product for a natural one—that is not how organic lawn care works. In a natural program, we analyze your soil under a microscope and work out an understanding of the soil food web that exists there.

Heidelberg Farms implements incremental changes through products and process, analyzes the progress and makes adjustments. Organic lawn care is not a race to a finish line. It is a process that takes time. In as little as two years, though, you will have a lawn that can better take care of itself, which will result in you not needing to take as much time to care for it (and save you money in the long-term).

Invest in the soil beneath you and it will reward you. Have questions? Call Heidelberg Farms at (603) 501-9919. Have a conversation with us—no obligations here—just great education.

Organic lawn care begins and ends with understanding the soil food web, which combines science, products, and practices to create systemic change in a turf system (Grass, garden, etc).

Organic Lawn Care

organic lawn careOne thing to remember, though, is that organic lawn care does not produce changes overnight. Patience is key. The length of time is generally dictated by the quality of the turf system, which is why Heidelberg Farms hand selects every product and service to best meet the needs of a customer’s lawn or garden.

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Our goal is to move a person’s lawn and soil to a fully functioning sustainable ecosystem. As sustainable and organic lawn practices continue to evolve, we will evolve, too. Frankly, a lot of our work takes place under a microscope. Organic lawn care is a true science after all.

Most products used in conventional turf management, however, bypass the living portion of the soil. In organic lawn management, the soil is integral and what we focus on first.

The organic lawn care process involves product input for immediate turfgrass nutrition and overall soil improvement. This is a critical first step. It is critically important that our initial efforts address both of these at their individual levels. Some of the products we select address the grass and others address the soil.

Plant and grass life are completely tied to soil biology prevalent during its development. The types and ratios of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms are therefore essential for what will grow and enable evolutionary succession to take place.

There is more to organic lawn care, but you will have to wait for part two where we talk about the difference between organic and inorganic fertilizers and common misconceptions between the two.

Questions? Call us at (603) 501 -9919. We are happy to help you take your first steps toward organic lawn care next spring.

organic soil mixJust 15 years ago, experts talked about 29 nutrients that were needed for plants to thrive. Recent research, however, indicates that plants actually require 42 nutrients in the soil so they can perform a variety of different cellular functions necessary for their health.

Yes, 42 nutrients, which means they need a lot more than the classic nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium the ‘big box’ industry implies is all you need to worry about. Here is the interesting part, though. There is not a consensus among plant physiologists as to what constitutes the “essential” nutrients.

We recently talked to Dr. Elaine Ingham, and she rhetorically asked, “So do we count just those nutrients that plants have to have each day, disregarding the nutrients that are translocated into the plant at levels too low for human assessment tools to measure? Are these nutrients critically important at some juncture in the plants life? Having these conversations with people, I hold the attitude that probably all the elements in the periodic table are likely to be important. Just because no one has done the research yet to document it does not mean it is not so.”

Nutrient rich gardening

Just like people, plants cannot grow if they have a nutrient deficiency. However, the nutritional of food has been declining for years—and the cause is primarily related to depletion of our soil. When looking to create a nutrient rich garden, Heidelberg Farms analyzes your soil under a microscope and create a compost tea based on an ocean-based nutrient profile.

While more research is needed, we know that plants thrive on much more than nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. We look at the biology of what is taking place in your soil more so than the chemical. In your soil, there is a diverse complex array of soil food web characters. All these characters play a role in cycling different nutrients from the soil to the plant.

How does this process work? Plants communicate via exudates, which are plant sugars. Plants send these exudates to feed specific organisms in the soil and then they return to cycle the nutrients back to the plant. The takeaway here is that the research surrounding plant health directly relate to our health—and it begins in the soil.

There is a big difference between dirt and soil. Understanding the difference will not only help us create a beautiful yard, but help take better care of the earth (and ourselves) in the process. Stay tuned for more blogs that ‘dig’ a lot deeper into these issues. Call Heidelberg Farms at (603) 501-9919 if you have any questions. Let’s talk soil!

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