Why Organic?

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Why Organic?

At some point every lawn owner is faced with a decision of which lawn care plan to follow. A laissez-faire approach to lawn care can certainly work under the right conditions, but most prefer not to leave it up to chance. There is fertilizing, watering, mowing, and sometimes troubleshooting problems that make up every lawn care program. The intention of this article is to expose the reasons one might choose an organic approach to lawn care over a synthetic approach.

Lawn Ecosystem

The best lawns have sound, healthy ecosystems that work together to provide an ideal environment for thriving plants. Healthy soil, deep roots, and beneficial micro-organisms provide conditions for a lawn that will be healthy enough to withstand even the most serious lawn problems. These lawns also happen to be the easiest to care for allowing that highly desired laissez-faire approach. There are many natural allies that an organic lawn fosters to help fight off many potential problems in lawns. For instance, lacewings and ladybugs are natural pest fighters eating all sorts of troublesome insects. Most pesticides kill and ward off these beneficial bugs.

History of Synthetic Lawn Care

The lawn is a relatively new development in history. It wasn’t until the Levittown cookie-cutter suburbs in the early 1950s that lawns became common in the United States. These communities were sold with established lawns and lawn care was encouraged among the homeowners. This provided a pretty large demand for lawn products such as rotary lawn mowers, pesticides, and synthetic fertilizers. The focus was quick, easy, and green! Salt-based, nitrogen fertilizers were and still are dealt like crystal meth. The results are quick and powerful, but just like meth have devastating long-term effects on the system.

Synthetic vs. Organic

If you are on a synthetic based lawn care program such as Scotts lawn care, then you are essentially on a chemical life support system. The health of your lawn goes from dose to dose – application to application. Problems often require more of the chemical “drugs” and the cycle incurs devastating results if it is broken somewhere along the line. On the other hand, organic lawns take much longer to cultivate, but have the natural ability to deal with most problems. Beneficial microorganisms, earthworms, and bugs are fostered that takes little work on your part to develop healthy soil.

Advantages of Organic

I am definitely not a crazy-eyed, environmental egomaniac that thinks humans can “save” the planet. However, I do believe in stewardship of the environment and getting the best results possible. An organic-based lawn care program is the best way to sustain a healthy, beautiful lawn with the least amount of work and pollution. Remember that a healthy lawn is an easy lawn. The greatest advantage to an organic lawn is that once it establishes it pretty much takes care of itself. You will end up watering less, using less fertilizer, pulling less weeds, dealing with less disease and fewer pests. What more can you ask for?

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