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Are you thinking of becoming more environmentally friendly when it comes to lawn care this fall? Good thinking!
The time has come for all of us to think about what we are doing to our environment when it comes to the use and abuse of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers that we apply to our lawns each year. I fully understand that the transition of applying organic practices to the lawn care and seeing the benefits does not occur overnight. But, we need to start and why not start this fall with the use of organic products.
Here are some statistics provided by the U.S. National Wildlife Federation:
Sadly, too much of these pesticides and fertilizers are washing into our water systems and polluting our waters and the Chesapeake Bay.
The first step of converting to organic practices with lawn care is creating a healthy lawn soil. Without healthy soil, grass has a harder time growing and staying healthy. We need to start adding organic matter to the lawn. A healthy lawn attracts beneficial insects such as earthworms. Earthworms are our natural aerators of the soil and at the same time, they help fertilize the soil.
With my blog last week, I talked about the need for a soil test. Our FARMER’S SOIL ANALYSIS KIT can help make recommended organic choices of products depending on the results of the soil test.
The second step of converting to organic practices with lawn care is to stop using all synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemicals that harm living organisms.
Now is the time to apply the first application of an organic lawn starter food. We carry the ESPOMA LAWN STARTER. Espoma Lawn Starter is a 3-6-3 lawn food with proprietary Bio-Tone microbes that is ideal for rejuvenating lawns this fall. It is made from natural and organic plant food ingredients. It breaks down gradually to provide a safe, long-lasting food reservoir throughout the growing season.
Bottom line…you need to start the transformation at some point. Why not start now. Come see us and we will help you get started.