Glossary
 
 

Glossary

 

2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D)

2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) is a common systemic pesticide/herbicide used in the control of broadleaf weeds. It is the most widely used herbicide in the world. It was a major ingredient in Agent Orange (Vietnam War nerve gas). The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified 2,4-D among the phenoxy acid herbicides MCPA and 2,4,5-T as a class 2B carcinogen – possibly carcinogenic to humans.

  • We would rather tolerate a few weeds, and hope you would too.

 

Biopesticides

Biopesticides are certain types of pesticides derived from such natural materials as animals, plants, bacteria, and certain minerals. For example, canola oil and baking soda have pesticidal applications and are considered biopesticides.

  • Biopesticides are the only types of products that Greener Grass regularly incorporates into our program.

 

Biosolids

Biosolids, also referred to as “treated sludge,” is a term used by the waste water industry to denote the byproduct of domestic and commercial sewage and wastewater treatment. These residuals are further treated to reduce pathogens and vector attraction by any of a number of approved methods. Low levels of constituents such as PCBs, dioxin, and brominated flame retardants, may remain in treated sludge.

  • Greener Grass does not use biosolids and would never promote the use of human waste as a safe ‘organic’ product.

 

Bio-stimulants

Bio-stimulants are organic substances, which stimulate plants to meet their maximum, healthy potential and cause regeneration of healthy soil.

  • These inputs are a critical element of each application.  Kelp and Humates are two valuable bio-stimulants.

 

Core aeration

Core aeration is the process of mechanically pulling plugs of soil from the ground.  This reduces the compaction and pressure of the soil allowing air to reach the root zone. It also helps to break up the layer thatch, which can build up just above the root zone.  Once the plugs are pulled they will quickly break down back into the soil.

  • Greener Grass core aeration service helps open up lawns that are suffocating and can’t breathe.

 

Humates

Humates (including humic-acid) are the end result of decayed matter; the purest form of organic matter.

  • Essential bio-stimulants included in our products to increase organic matter, unlock nutrients and improve soil structure.

 

Kelp

Kelp is a type of cold-water seaweed that grows in the nutrient rich waters of the North Atlantic.

  • This is an important bio-stimulant that is used for countless benefits, such as root development, nutrient uptake and water absorption.

 

Organic

Organic is a term that relates to, or involves the use of food produced with the use of feed or fertilizer of plant or animal origin without employment of chemically formulated fertilizers, growth stimulants, antibiotics, or pesticides.

  • If somebody made it in a lab with synthetic chemicals, it doesn’t qualify to be part of the Greener Grass Program.

 

Organic-based fertilizer

Organic-based fertilizer usually refers to a product that contains a mixture of both synthetic chemical fertilizers and some type of ‘organic material.’

  • To us, organic-based fertilizer is just a fancy term some people use so they don’t have to tell you the whole truth.

 

Pesticides

Pesticides are any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling or mitigating any pest. These are commonly classified in four categories, chemical pesticides, biopesticides, antimicrobials and pest control devices.

  • We feel that the natural control products we use are a very safe alternative to traditional chemical based pesticides such as 2, 4-D (ingredient in Agent Orange).  However, we must obey the laws and definitions set forth by the State of Ohio.

 

Soil pH

Soil pH is considered a master variable in soils as it controls many chemical processes that take place. It specifically affects plant nutrient availability.

  • If the pH is out of balance your lawn cannot get the nutrients it needs.

 

Soil biology

Soil biology includes organisms, which range in size from microscopic cells that digest decaying organic material to small mammals that live primarily on other soil organisms. These play an important role in maintaining fertility, structure, drainage, and aeration of soil. They also break down plant and animal tissues, releasing stored nutrients and converting them into forms usable by plants.

  • Since our lawns grow in the soil, this seems like the logical place to start if we want them to look good.