What is an Organic Fertilizer?
Natural organic fertilizers are slower releasing fertilizers compiled of organic matter; products such as Milorganite, Bone Meal, Blood Meal, and even grass clippings fall into this category. Most any plant or animal waste can be considered as an organic source. Upon the application of organic fertilizers, the organisms in your soil start working to break down and release the nutrients. Once released, their nutrients will be available in the soil profile for plant uptake. They will contribute to a healthy soil structure, promote a favorable biological environment, and reduce the amount of nutrients loss by runoff. Organic fertilizer is almost always a slow release type with a lower nutrient content (N-P-K) than conventional types. While they do typically have a lower primary nutrient content, they will normally contain many secondary and micro-nutrients.
What about Organic Weed Control?
Unfortunately, there are very few “organic” options for taking care of weeds, even less are the options that actually work well enough to get the results we are after. The other problem is that typically these options are just not cost efficient for our customers due to the amount of applications they actually require (they will typically need at least double the number of applications.) All this while adding even more products to the lawn. We believe the best approach for controlling unwanted weeds is to use the recommended rates of a proven, non-“organic” herbicide when needed. For some of our organic customers, “when needed” may mean never as they are not worried about the weeds. For others, it may mean a few times throughout the growing season to keep the turf clean and weed-free. Remember the best control of weeds comes from a healthy stand of grass, once that healthy, thick stand of grass is established, it will be much harder for weeds to start taking over.
Our Typical Organic Program
Organic Fertilizer Application
5 applications of a Slow-release, Granular Organic Fertilizer applied throughout the growing season
Weed Control application (Optional)
An application of Broadleaf Weed control spot sprayed throughout lawn
This service is optional, some may choose to have a few done throughout the year, others may choose to for-go any Broadleaf Weed control
Optional pre-emergent for crabgrass control (Optional)
An application of a conventional Pre-Emergent annual weeds such as Crabgrass and Foxtail