How Does It Work?

How Does It Work?


The traditional chemical lawn care approach.

Traditional chemical companies offer reactive lawn care programs. They see a problem and they react with a solution to treat the symptoms. Have weeds? They have chemical weed killer. Low nitrogen and yellowing turf?  They have plenty of synthetic nitrogen in a bag to help out. No matter the situation they have product (solution) to treat the symptoms (problem).

There is one positive to this approach. These chemical products have been engineered to work well and to work fast, but at what expense? As these results are achieved, the plants and soils are weakened, creating an ongoing need (dangerous cycle) for repeat applications to sustain the desired appearance.

Synthetic fertilizers are made by using natural gas to convert nitrogen into a plant available form. The nutrients are contained within a sulfur coating to try and control the rate at which they are released into the soil. These nutrients are easily dissolved in the soil and can promote rapid shoot growth. This can, in turn, weaken the turf as it expends too much energy on top growth, while not creating a strong root system. A weakened plant becomes more vulnerable to disease, insects and environmental stresses. This creates increased need for pesticide applications and irrigation.

Repeated applications of pesticides and high sulfur fertilizers deplete soil of beneficial life and cause it to become compact. This makes it more difficult for nutrients, water and air to reach the roots, which weakens the plants even more. It’s a vicious cycle.

As it relates to the safety of our surrounding environment, synthetic nitrogen can easily leach out of the soil once it is applied. Studies have shown that large amounts of applied nitrogen can end up off target and not assimilate with the intended target. Nitrogen run-off can pollute waterways; it has been blamed for massive algae blooms including the ‘dead zone’ in the Gulf of Mexico. Nitrates can also leach into ground water and pollute our drinking water. This has been linked to carcinogenic risks, reproductive problems, kidney disorders and blue-baby syndrome.

The Greener Grass Approach

Greener Grass organic methods are designed to address problems before they occur, minimizing the need to react to symptoms. The basic program introduces natural sources of nutrients and beneficial microorganisms to create a healthy soil system. When these products are combined with proper cultural practices, we can begin to attack the cause of most common lawn problems, from the ground up.

Soil is full of life with millions of beneficial organisms working together to break down nutrients and make them available for the plants. This ecosystem is called the soil food web. A healthy soil food web will allow the plants growing in it to flourish.

The basic program addresses the many facets of the soil food web to create a thriving environment. These methods are not designed to be an instant fix, providing a lawn appearing healthy overnight. Besides, our chemical counterparts have already proven that such an approach can do more harm than good. Our organic products work in sync with nature, not against it, deliberately restoring the health of the soil and revitalizing the turf.