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.