FAQ About Organic Fertilization

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY “OPTIMIZED ORGANICS?”
The best way to achieve high end results is to embrace the good aspects of both traditional and organic products. The use of organic products allow us to cultivate a healthy “Soil Food Web” and therefore spongy organically rich soil. Combining this approach with conventional weed control products and some synthetic fertilizers allows us to use those products more sparingly and responsibly than most companies with improved results.
CAN YOU KEEP THE WEEDS OUT?
Yes, depending on which program you choose. Four of the Five programs we offer will compete with the best of conventional counterparts.
ARE YOUR PRODUCTS SAFE TO USE AROUND CHILDREN AND PETS?
Yes. Our Organic products are made from natural products and are non-toxic. Depending on what program you select there is no re-entry time after organic application. Your children and pets can go on the lawn immediately after the treatment is done.
ONCE ONE OF OUR PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED WILL I EVER NEED ANY ADDITIONAL SERVICES FOR MY LAWN?
Not necessarily but all programs should be considered a ‘FOUNDATION’ for the care of your lawn. These programs are not designed to cover every possible issue that currently exist or may arise over time such as prior weed infestation, fungus, pests etc. There are also additional services that we highly recommend to achieve optimal lawn performance such as lime, aeration, and compost topdressing. ALL ADDITIONAL SERVICES WILL BE BILLED SEPARATELY UPON REQUEST / APPROVAL.
DO YOUR ORGANIC PRODUCTS REALLY WORK?
Yes, they really do. All of our products are specifically designed to improve your soil and to feed the grass. We have scientific test data and customer testimonials that demonstrate superior plant growth rates and resistance to stress.
DOES IT TAKE LONGER TO SEE RESULTS FORM YOUR ORGANIC PRODUCTS THAN TRADITIONAL FERTILIZER?
It does take a little bit longer, but not a great deal longer. The reason synthetic chemical fertilizers that are applied by chemical lawn care companies work so quickly is because they are water-soluble and dissolve and leach immediately. The downside to this is that up to 60% of the product ends up “off target” and inevitably in ground and surface water.
CAN YOUR PRODUCTS BE APPLIED NEAR BODIES OF WATER AND WILL THEY CONTRIBUTE TO ALGAE BLOOMS?
Every organic product we use can be applied near bodies of water because they do not contain synthetic sources of nitrogen and phosphorus. They will not contribute to algae blooms because of this. They are also chelated, meaning they are available to the plant immediately. Liquid applications are also more efficient and greatly reduce any run off effect.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I WATER?
You should try to water your lawn at least 3 times a week. Infrequently and deeply is ALWAYS better than everyday for ten minutes per zone. If your lawn begins to go dormant from lack of water, it’s okay! It’s a natural defense mechanism to stay alive and it will come back as healthy as ever when sufficient water is available. You will find that by using organic products over time you will see a HUGE reduction in the amount of water needed to keep your lawn green.

SHOULD I BAG OR MULCH MY CLIPPINGS? WILL THE CLIPPINGS CONTRIBUTE TO THATCH?
If you can you should always mulch your clippings. Grass clippings hold tons of nutrients and moisture. They will not contribute to thatch. In fact, when you switch to organic products you will notice that the thatch layer in your turf will decrease significantly.
MY LAWN CARE COMPANY SAYS THAT THEY ARE “ORGANIC BASED” OR “NATURAL.” WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
Well, it usually means that they are trying to make you think that they are safer than chemical lawn care companies. It’s unfortunate, because it may be false advertising and attempting to lead you to believe that they don’t use synthetic chemical fertilizers and dangerous pesticides. Many lawn care companies use “Bridge” products that contain chemical sources of nitrogen and phosphorus combined with reconstituted sewer sludge (Biosolids) and call it “organic based.” Most of the time these companies also continue to use pesticides freely and with no concern for reduction.