First off let’s get clear about what it means to fertilize. To Fertilize is to “make soil more fertile by adding suitable substances to it”. Most fertilizers don’t actually do this. Synthetic fertilizers don’t to this at all. All they do is provide water soluble nutrients for fast utilization by the grass. They don’t actually make the soil more fertile.
Organic fertilizers are better. They are feeding soil microbes, but they are still a crutch. The key to fertility is the life in the soil, the organisms that make up the soil food web.
The soil food web is a complex community of organisms that live in and around the soil including bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes, earthworms, beetles, etc. One organism eats another, then that organism gets eating by something else and so on.
During this process waste is produced which contains more organisms. Nutrients are released, consumed and recycled. Relationships develop between the organisms, their by products and the plant roots. This creates space for air and water. Roots start growing deeper and stronger. This is the key to healthy plants.
The more microbial activity there is in the soil, the healthier and stronger the plants will be. This is how fertile soil behaves, the type of soil you may find when digging in the woods. This is not how urban soil behaves. Before your house was built and before your neighborhood was developed there was a forest.
The trees dropped their leaves each year and as the leaves decomposed they fed the soil microbes. The microbes in turn released nutrients for the trees and the process continued until the neighborhood was developed. The rich topsoil that was there was scraped up, hauled off and sold elsewhere. What was left was the subsoil.
The subsoil is almost void of organic matter and microbes. Although it does contain numerous minerals and nutrients they are out of balance, locked up and not available for the grass yet. While your house was being built large construction vehicles further compacted the soil and workers used your future yard to pile debris.
After the house was finished most of the debris was cleaned up and sod was rolled out and watered. Everything looked great initially, but there was nothing done to improve the soil. Slowly the grass started expressing the underlying soil issues and weeds, disease and poor grass ensued.
Our program addresses these issues. The whole focus is the soil: balancing the elements and stimulating the microbial life. Once the elements come into balance and we’ve built up the microbial life your soil actually starts working for you and poor grass is a thing of the past.
We treat both cool season and warm season turf. We offer a variety of year round organic fertilization & weed control programs. Our organic lawn treatments are based on what each individual lawn needs. Every lawn is different, from the soil and sun exposure to grass type and fertilization history. Every lawn is unique and requires a specialized program.
At Pleasant Green Grass, we design a program that fits your lawn and your expectations. We can suggest an aggressive approach to get your lawn in great shape as quickly as possible or we can suggest a slow and steady approach to improve your overall soil health.
Our approach to lawn care is primarily Soil Health. We take an environmentally friendly and holistic approach, using only organic materials, to treat poor soil and bring it back to health. Our approach is a long term investment in the health of your soil, the health of your family and pets, our employees and the local environment and wildlife.
Synthetic fertilizers and pesticides pose significant harm to your lawn
- Increasing soil salinity killing earthworms and beneficial organisms in the soil
- Quick, water soluble nitrogen dissolves and leaches into surrounding water systems before the grass even gets a chance to use it
- Can burn the grass
- Disrupts PH balance
- Gone after 30 days
- Tends to sterilize soil
- Derived from petroleum products
- Provide a quick nitrogen fix that stimulates excessive growth leading to thatch build-up and dependence on another “fix”
We want to note these differences when attempting to compare our services apples to apples. There can be many hidden costs when using conventional chemical lawn care services. It took years for your soil to fall into poor health which is why we approach solutions by treating the root causes first and foremost.
It typically takes a season or two to figure out the specific problems affecting your soil health so we generally start with a program and then make alterations to fit the specific needs of your lawn. Weeds are a symptom of poor soil health and our ultimate goal is to create a healthy turf that will naturally resist weeds.
Using an organic program will require some time and patience, but once your soil is healthy there will be minimal treatments needed in order to maintain the soil health and a beautiful lawn. We typically offer a year round program consisting of 5-6 treatments. Those treatments typically include Organic Compost Tea Fertilizers, Organic Weed Control (pre and post emergent), Overseeding and Aeration.
Each time you use one of our products or services you are taking a step towards a more healthy beautiful lawn and creating a safer place for our community, families and environment.
At Pleasant Green Grass, we pride ourselves on being your source for complete lawn care & landscaping. Whether its
weed control, sod, or organic fertilizers or something more complex like patio design Pleasant Green Grass is the company you can trust!
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Fertilizers and Soil Amendments
Organic Fertilization & Weed Control are two of the most important things for a beautiful healthy lawn! A well-fed lawn recovers more quickly from stress and is more aggressive against weeds. As with all living things, proper nutrition is important to prevent diseases and insects. At Pleasant Green Grass, we use 100% Organic Fertilizers in our organic lawn treatments. Some soils are exceptionally good at growing grass and others are tough but most are in between. The results of organic lawn care are always going to vary depending on the soil conditions.
What Organic Fertilizers do we use?
GlutenGreen is an organic fertilizer derived from Corn Gluten Meal, Bone Meal, and Sulphate of Potash. Corn gluten meal, which is edible, is an EPA approved organic weed control. It’s presence in the soil stops seed from germinating properly. GlutenGreen produces a long lasting green up of turf grass with its 100% organic source of slow release nitrogen. The combined action of the fertilizer plus weed control will help stop new weeds from germinating while thicken up the turf. It’s the organic equivalent of a weed and feed. GlutenGreen results improve each year. The first year we can see up to a 60% success rate and up to 90% success rate if used over a three-year time period. GlutenGreen works best if applied in February, prior to the weed germination period. For improved results it can also be applied in the fall to help suppress fall germinating weeds.
Compost Tea Spray
Compost tea is a liquid spray teeming with live beneficial microorganisms, micronutrients and soil conditioners. It’s actually more like a soil conditioner instead of your typical N-P-K fertilizer. The compost tea helps produce strong plants that are more resistant to insect and disease problems and more resistant to extremes in temperature and moisture. Every chemical-based fertilizer, pesticide, insecticide and herbicide harms or outright kills some part of the beneficial life that exists in soil. Compost tea has the opposite effect and will improve the life in the soil and on plant surfaces! Using compost tea will increase the beneficial soil microorganisms and reduce disease-causing pest organisms.
Humate Soil Conditioner
Humate Soil Conditioner with Seaweed Extract is organic matter that has a positive effect on the physical, chemical, and biological reactions of the soil leading to an increase in soil fertility. Humate is comprised of Humic Acid and Fulvic Acid (composted over millions of years) which are proven to promote root strength and develop beneficial microbial activity. It also helps increase the soil’s capacity to retain water by making the soil more permeable.
Our Organic 5-4-3 Fertilizer is made from 100% all natural poultry layer manure. This is an all-purpose lawn and landscape fertilizer. It’s slow release for steady long-lasting color and growth. Analysis: 1.0% water soluble nitrogen, 4.0% water insoluble nitrogen, 4.0% P2O3, 3.0% K20, 9.0% Calcium, .08% magnesium, 0.2% Iron. It’s OMRI listed.
One Earth Weed Control
One Earth weed control is an organic product that is available exclusive to Pleasant Green Grass! We have rigorously tested and formulated this weed control to work in our North Carolina compacted clay soil. It is a more advanced compost tea application with added post emergent weed control that is not available anywhere else. It’s all natural and made from food grade ingredients. It works exceptionally well on broad leaf weeds and also helps to green up warm season grasses. Some weeds like henbit, purple deadnettle, fennel, shiny cudweed and Johnny jump up will die within a few days. Other, harder to control weeds such as wild strawberry, plantain, clover and dandelion may take a few applications. Clover is not always controlled immediately but will eventually fade out as the nutrients in the soil build up from repeated applications.