WHAT IS ORGANIC?

J.I. Rodale; Author and Founder of Organic Gardening and Farming Magazine, or more commonly known as "The Father of the Organic Movement", defines the term "organically grown" as "grown without poisonous pesticides, grown without artificial fertilizers, grown in soil whose humus content is increased by the additional of organic matter, and grown in soil whose mineral content is increased with applications of natural mineral fertilizers."

WHY ORGANIC?

When we use synthetic, chemical based lawn products we disrupt the natural balance of the soil, depleting it's overall microbial content and making the need for chemical support and intervention greater and greater each season. Many natural checks and controls for pests and diseases are provided by nature that are safe to use and to which the pests do not become immune.

These low-impact methods for dealing with outdoor issues are not only safer for the environment and local ecosystems, but also for ourselves and our children. Without any chance of toxic residue being left behind from chemical fertilizers or pesticides we can send our kids out to play in the yard without worry, giving us peace of mind when it comes to the health and well-being of our loved ones.

Contrary to popular belief, these methods can even prove to be more cost effective over time. By increasing the humus content of the land, we can gradually bring a balance back to the soil, which allows for improved water retention, higher nutrient content and ultimately; less maintenance. By attacking the root systems of troublesome weeds directly we can hinder their ability to bounce right back; which we often see after simply cutting them down with a weed-eater or mower. By planting only adapted native plants in their preferred seasons we can avoid any need for over watering and/or cut out watering costs completely over time. This also allows for decreased risk of troublesome pests and diseases, as native plants have long ago adapted to the dangers of the area's natural wildlife and climate meaning less money spent on pesticides and fertilizers.

All in all, these organic principles can be summed up by the following 5 simple rules:

  1. Use adapted, native varieties.
  2. Plant in preferred seasons.
  3. Use soil balanced in minerals and organic matter - humus*
  4. Use soil rich in beneficial bacteria and microorganisms.
  5. Recognize troublesome insects and disease as symptoms of a deeper problem.
*Humus - A brown or black organic substance consisting of partially or wholly decayed vegetable or animal matter that provides nutrients for plants and increases the ability of soil to retain water.

- American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition