I want to start today, by thanking all who have taken the time to read my postings. It’s overwhelming when I think that so many people take time out of their busy day to read what I have to say.
Today, Lundholm Landscaping is taking on the big boys! We are going to reveal the dark side of this industry, then reveal an easy solution to the problem. A few weeks back, I attended a seminar in Norristown, Pennsylvania. The theme of the day was irrigation products, but I took special notice of a new vendor. They had a simple display, a few handouts and a large jug of an ugly brown water-looking product. The display itself was nothing fancy, but the two gentlemen tending to the booth, really impressed me with their enthusiasm. As it turned out, these 2 gentlemen were the inventors of the product. In speaking with the two inventors at length, I quickly learned who was the business person and who was the actual scientist.
I immediately took to the scientist guy and had his ear for quite some time. At the end of our conversation, I quickly realized that I had been brainwashed. Brainwashed by advertisers who led me to believe that their product was something that I, and the rest of America, could not do without. Through their fancy bags and prime time commercials, I let the big boys of the lawn fertilizer world convince me that the “Only” way to have a beautiful lawn was by applying their “Five Step” process. If I wanted an even more beautiful and healthy lawn, upgrade to the “SUPER Five Step” process.
That day in Norristown, I had an eye opening experience when the crew from Holganix uncovered what that five step process was actually doing to my lawn…and the environment. If you are not familiar with the five step process in conventional lawn care, please read my previous blog(Step 5 of 10). Our lawns do not need Nitrogen. Nitrogen should come from a healthy micro-climate in the soil. Tests have proven that the only thing that nitrogen does in the spring is promote top growth. As you apply fertilizer and the water soluble nitrogen takes effect, grass plants want to grow, grow, grow. Compare this process to drinking a shot of “5 hour energy”. When that “5 Hour Energy” wears off, we drink another(adding a second dose of fertilizer in late spring), then that dose wears off just in time for the stress of Summer heat. I compare this to staying up all night, as a result of “5 Hour Energy”, then going to work and having to make a presentation to your board of directors. You feel good at the time, but when the effect has worn, off things don’t look so good. Could this be why our lawns turn brown in the summer??? That’s not even the worse part… Nitrogen from lawn fertilizer dissolves as water washes over it, over 70 percent of this nitrogen gets washed away! Where does it go you ask??? Lakes, Streams, Oceans, Beaches, Watersheds and anyplace else water will wash it.
“Crabgrass preventer” in chemical form is not the solution to not having crab grass. How many times have we applied “Crabgrass Preventer” and had crab grass anyway? The solution to not having crab grass is by having a lawn that is so thick and healthy that when crab grass seeds land in your lawn and reach the soil, they don’t get any sunlight… therefore not germinating!
Don’t use insecticides to kill pests in your lawn and garden!! Create a micro-environment where beneficial insects and bacteria thrive and attack unwanted insects. The decomposing bodies of the unwanted insects then provide “Natural Nitrogen”. Stop pumping pesticides into soils and plants. These pesticides rarely do their job of killing the nuisance pests. Pesticides do, however, kill the beneficial insects and pro-biotic bacteria.
The ideal scenario for lawn and garden soil would be similar to that of a forest. Plants grow, make leaves, the leaves fall, the leaves decompose into all natural compost feeding and fortifying the soil. This process allows beneficial insects and pro-biotic bacteria to thrive, creating its own self defense mechanism. Another benefit of an organic lawn is its ability to reduce global warming. An organic lawn consumes up to 27 percent more carbon from the environment! Conventional fertilizers reduce grass plants needs to go out and find carbon while organic solutions encourage grass to find and consume considerably more!!
Please take a few minutes to read the article below to further understand the science behind organic solutions…
To learn more about the system that we will be using going forward, please visit www.holganix.com.
That’s organic lawn and garden care in it’s simplest form. Tomorrow I reveal our new “Holistic, Organic” solution and 4 step program!
See you out there!