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Organic Lawn Renovation

Organic Lawn Renovation

Organixx llc took over this lawn that had been devastated by grubs. the lawn was riddled with weeds and there was almost no turfgrass present. Compost was spread, the lawn was slit seeded in late september and an organic lawn care program was developed based on soil testing . The results are posted between September and May of the following year .

Hybrid Lawn on Applebrook Golf Course, Malvern, Pennsylvania

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This residential lawn has been organic for six years. There was an outbreak of dandelion in 2014 and the owners decided to use an application of 3-way herbicide. For 2015 soil testing is being done to see how the soil is deficient. Dandelions are messengers telling us that there are soil problems to be treated. Organixx llc is creating a custom program to fix the soil so dandelions will not be present. The owners want a 100% organic lawn the process sometimes takes several years.

Organic Lawn, Berwyn, Pennsylvania

Health Lawns - Organic Lawn, Berwyn, Pennsylvania

It’s a myth that you can’t have a lush, green, weed-free lawn organically. This property was taken organic in 2010 by Organixx llc. The organic lawn care program included applications of: – Premium compost annually. – Organixx Bio-Blend, a special recipe of compost tea. – Avenger herbicide (spot-treatment only). – Organic fertilizer. – Corn gluten meal for pre-emergent weed control. This lawn had been chemically treated for over 10 years. The compost tea was used to bioremediate the chemical residues and restore the chemically ravaged soil microbiology. The compost was used to fertilize and rebuild soil microbiology. Cultural practices played an important role in the program. The lawn was mowed biweekly at 4” height. This practice creates a deeper root system (the taller the grass,…

Hybrid Lawns

Healthy Lawns - Hybrid Lawns

Converting our chemically-treated lawns to organic management will have the same impact as converting our gas automobiles to hybrid: Cost savings passed on to consumers and a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Most lawn mowers run 2 stroke engines which emits far more CO2 than automobiles. Chemical fertilizers (we are currently using over 14 million tons on turf) are petroleum based. The amount of Co2 emitted during the production,transportation and mechanical application is staggering. All for the sake of aesthetics. And the ripple effects go even further. Borrowing from the European custom of using composted kitchen scraps as fertilizer in lieu of chemical fertilizers, we restore soil health and the health of our lawn systems and waterways.

Lawn Chemicals Cause Autism

The MIND Institute at University of California Davis, has completed a study that reports that pregnant women who live in close proximity to ground where pesticides are applied experience a 66% increased risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder. Over 200 million pounds of pesticides are applied in California alone each year on farmers fields, athletic fields, and home lawns. This study, published in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal, explains the association between pesticide application from as far as 1.75 kilometers (1.08 miles) away from a pregnant woman’s residence, and the development of autism later in the child’s life.

Re-forest suburban lawns

Re-forest suburban lawns

 Re-forest suburban lawns   “Young trees ‘eat’ atmospheric carbon like teenagers devour pizza,” wrote forester William Wade Key in a recent article for the Sacramento Bee. That one poignant statement tells us that re-foresting suburban turf could save us from global warming.            Is it realistic and feasible to re-forest 1 million acres, and will it happen fast enough to make a difference? Absolutely! The amount of time and money needed is infinitesimal in the context of its impact on the environment and our energy supply. In our case, we purchased thousands of shade tree “liners” as tall as 12 feet for our nursery in Pennsylvania. We planted them in our fields “bare root” (growers use machines to shake the dirt off of the trees’ root…

Fertigation: It’s Not Just for the Pro’s Anymore

Fertigation - Healthy Lawns

Fertigation: It’s Not Just for the Pro’s Anymore Many human health experts suggest that one of the most important things we can do to help maintain optimum health is to eat smaller, more frequent meals but did you know that the same principle applies to your lawn and landscape too? Convention lawn fertilization often results in cycles of over and under feeding that ends up wasting your hard-earned money and over-burdening our already fragile environment. Fertigation is the process of feeding your lawn or landscape regular, lighter nutrient applications every time you water. It offers big benefits to the environment over convention lawn fertilization by “spoon-feeding” your lawn’s root zone only what it can use now-it’s these frequent, light feedings that are the key to virtually…

Dead Zones

We are destroying our water and marine life with chemical lawn fertilizers. Is a bright green lawn worth polluting our precious waterways? Hmmmm? A dead zone is an area of water that is hypoxic, so low in oxygen that it cannot support aquatic or marine life. Dead zones are caused by an excess of nitrogen and phosphorus. This is a direct result of the over 11 million tons of NPK chemical fertilizers spread on lawns in the USA each year, all for the sake of aesthetics. The N and the P of NPK are nitrogen and phosphorus. Runoff from rain and irrigation wash these nutrients into our waterways, where they trigger a bloom of phytoplankton, which in turn causes an excess of zooplankton. As these…