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Green Jay Landscaping - Organic Lawn, Tree and Shrub Care

Organic Lawn, Tree and Shrub Care

The key to achieving measurable results from organic lawn care programs relies on a combination of practices. It requires soil, nutrient and pH testing, nutritional feeding and soil amendments, and it also requires the use of certain cultural practices. With practices such as infrequent deep watering, mowing grass to between 3.5 to 4 inches, mulching clippings and leaves, you can help contribute much needed organic matter to what is predominately mineral soil. Similarly, using compost, organic fertilizer and bio-stimulants will substantially contribute to improving the health of soil biology. Regularly scheduled aeration insures oxygenation of turf root zones, which creates the optimum medium for healthy and high quality turf. This is especially effective when core aeration is combined with scarification and vertical slicing for intensive seeding.

Biodiversity is the keystone for success. This means using blends and combinations of premium varieties, species, and cultivars which correspond to the appropriate soil, traffic and climate zone. Perennial rye grass is an example of a Northern turf and a turf type fescue corresponding for use in high traffic areas. Fine and red fescues are best used in shady areas. Proper selection of turf grass species in regards to light, soil and traffic use is critical to achieve the greatest performance and success from any lawn care program, but especially with an organic one. Nothing prevents weed and crabgrass growth as well as intensive reseeding. For more information, see: Grassroots Environmental Education, Umass, Rutgers, Uconn, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Northeast Organic Farming Association, Safe Lawns. It is important to remember, an organic lawn and landscape is safe, healthy, sustainable and GREEN.

The same basic principles apply to growing and caring for shrubs, trees, flower and edible (fruit, vegetable and herb) gardens. It all starts with the soil, and pH level is absolutely critical to plant performance. The philosophy of organic gardening is to encourage and support life, not to kill and destroy living Earth organisms with inorganic poisons, pesticides and practices. Once again, by encouraging life, organisms and biodiversity, we establish an ecosystem with a built in immune system naturally designed to defend itself against pest overpopulation and disease. Grow healthy plants naturally. Do no destroy our precious natural resources. We should be able to touch, taste and eat our plants. Let us help you design, create, develop, build and care for a "Life Giving Landscape".

Organic Lawn, Tree and Shrub Care Services

Lawn Care

  • Organic Lawn Installation, Restoration and Renovation
  • De-Compaction, Aeration, Power Raking, Scarification and Vertical Slicing
  • Seeding and Mowing, Weed, Crabgrass and Invasive Species Control
  • Fertilization Programs, Soil Amendments, Enlivened Rock Powers and Green Sand
  • Grassroots Guidelines, Customer Education and Resources

Tree Care

  • Property Evaluations, Reports, and Consulting Arborist
  • Tree Removal and Pruning
  • Forestry Management and Land Clearing
  • Shrub and Tree Programs
  • Organic Lawn, Tree and Shrub Care: Homeowner Tips Read More

    The most effective lawn care programs begin with a clear understanding of what grass really needs to grow. Here are the most important things you can do for your lawn:

    One of the best things you can do for your soil is to increase the soil biology by raking a half inch or so of compost into your lawn each spring and fall. If your lawn has been on a chemical diet, you may want to speed up the healing process by the addition of microbial innoculants. These "good" bacteria and fungi support beneficial microbes and earthworms. A soil test may identify the need for soil amendments, such as rock dust, kelp extract or lime.

    Leave grass clippings on the lawn. They provide nitrogen and reduce the amount of fertilizer needed by about one half. (By the way, this does not contribute to thatch build-up. Thatch is an accumulation of dead, partially decomposed grass caused by excessive watering and fertilizing). If you want to give your lawn an extra boost in the spring, choose an organic fertilizer with a NPK (nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium) ratio of approximately 3-1-2. Never use more than one pound per 1,000 square feet.

    A thick turf is one of the best ways to control weeds. Seed in late summer or early fall with a mixture of indigenous grasses, paying special attention to thin patches. Aeration of the the soil will improve germination, but is not absolutely necessary unless you have compacted soil.

    Set your lawn mower to the highest setting and leave it there. Grass should be between 3-4 inches high, allowing it to shade its roots, conserve moisture and keep out weeds. High mowing is a better method for controlling crabgrass than herbicides. Keep blades sharp so they do not tear the grass, making it vulnerable to disease.

    Once-a-week watering in the early morning for several hours is the best method. Overwatering can create an ideal environment for pathogens to thrive. Take into consideration the rainfall and type of soil you have. Sandy soil needs more water than clay-based soil.

    If you really don't like dandelions, dig them out! But you can also use an organic corn-gluten product that kills weed seeds (including crabgrass) and seedlings. It must be applied to established lawns early in the spring for several years to control problem areas. Corn gluten will also prevent grass seed from germinating, so be careful not to seed for at least two months after an application. If you hand weed larger areas, fill with compost and grass seed and keep moist until grass sprouts.

    The most common pests (grubs, sod webworms, chinch bugs) can be controlled with applications of beneficial nematodes. Be careful to follow directions carefully, as they are fragile and must be kept cool and moist. Milky spore powder is an effective control for Japanese beetle grubs and just one application can last for many years. Fungal diseases can be successfully treated with several light applications of compost or liquid compost "tea".

Our landscapes generate a positive energy on the environment as well as our clients well-being. By eliminating toxic pesticides and reducing negative human impact wherever possible, we have constructed many innovative approaches to land management in-conjunction with design development to conserve, preserve and protect our precious natural resources. Learn More >

Service Areas:
New York (Westchester County and Putnam County)
Connecticut (Fairfield County)

Green Jay Landscaping
222 Purchase St. #144, Rye, New York 10580, USA
(914) 560-6570