Dreaming of spring may be the only thing that carries me through the winter. Each year, I receive a notice from Good Nature Organic Lawn Care asking if I would like an early bird discount on services for the year. Of course! I like a good deal, so early pay is a no brainer for me.
Organic Lawn Care
Typically I order a late summer application of nematodes (microscopic organisms that help control grubs). I was once, just like you. I had never heard of nematodes. I didn’t know organic lawn care existed. And I may have been throwing some Scotts fertilizer on my lawn along with some grub killing pesticide – thinking that was the best, and only – option. Enter Good Nature Organic Lawn Care.
The company’s founder, Alec McClennan, along with Beyond Pesticides Ohio, offered a round of public presentations a few years ago in the Cleveland, Ohio-area – one of which I attended. During the roughly two-hour session my eyes were opened to the hazards of using pesticides to control weeds, grubs and other lawn-killers. Right then, I decided to stop using chemicals. Here’s why I only practice organic lawn care:
Organic Lawn Care is Better…
1) For Children
2) For Pets
3) For the Environment
I have found organic lawn care to be easy, cost-effective, and most of all, to give me peace of mind with both my daughter, and my dog Lulu. If you are curious about making the switch I highly encourage you to read more about the dangers of commercial lawn products and the benefits of organic lawn care.
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I have purchased fertilizer through my local company, and I have also purchased Espoma fertilizer (available in Cleveland at Petitti Garden Centers and anywhere online). In total, it costs about $100 per year for the organic program.
I apply the fertilizer myself using a Scotts Turf Builder EdgeGuard Mini Broadcast Spreader, which I bought at a garage sale for $7. It takes about 20 minutes, four times a year. My first application goes down around Easter. Right now is the time to start thinking about your spring lawn.
I believe there are still misconceptions surrounding organic lawn fertilizer and even organic gardening. These misconceptions are usually due to a lack of education – which is understandable. Most people buy a home or property and haven’t taken “Lawn Care 101” in high school. Homeowners often feel pressure (self-imposed perhaps) to make sure their lawn is perfectly green and weed free and will do anything they think will make that happen – including using chemicals.
Additionally, for decades the companies and services using these chemical applications have promoted and marketed heavily to us – often including photos of children and pets on the lawn. Meanwhile, once an application is made you will see a flag indicating children and pets should not be on the lawn. It’s all very confusing and understandably so!
Many people believe that it’s too expensive to practice (the four step organic program I use costs roughly $100 per year). This is literally the bare minimum investment for the program I am going to tell you about today. I supplement the program with a few treatments, but we still spend only a few hundred dollars per year on lawn care treatments, supplies and grass seed and everything combined.
Lastly, people also believe that organic lawn care does not work (see photos in this post of my actual lawn – lush, green and most of all safe to walk on!) Organic lawn care does work. It is not a quick fix or an overnight change. You must be persistent, patient and seek long term results. Having a lush organic lawn is a marathon, not a sprint.
Will you consider switching to organic this year?
*This post was originally published in 2014 and has been updated and republished for accuracy and comprehensiveness. I’m not affiliated with Good Nature Organic Lawn Care in any way. I simply value their service and what they do for the environment.