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.
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.