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Old 02-10-2004, 11:17 PM
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Fledgling Organic program outline

The following is an outline for a program we are considering for this year. We have conducted some research but it is all theory at this point. We would like some feed back on whether this is a viable base to work from. Some of our concerns are of the price of Corn Gluten Meal and its method of application. Also we would like to know of any options we should be aware of that we haven't considered. This program is to be totally synthetic free. We expect this program to be expensive and time consuming and we will charge accordingly.
We are in Maryland and expect the Early Spring to start either the last week of March or up to the third week of April.
This post is not intended to invite debate of the merits or lack there of a totally organic program versus other lawncare programs.
If you have any idea's of what you would charge for the program based on a 5,000 sq. ft. lawn with mowing @ $25 per cut I would be interested. Our normal lawncare program including aeration + seed with mowing for a year is about $1280.
Thank you in advance for any helpful posts.

First Year Organic Program

Established Lawn

Early Spring
Week One
Mow @ 2"
Apply 7# Corn Gluten Meal per 1000 sq. ft.
Week Two
Mow @ 2.5"
Apply 7# Corn Gluten Meal per 1000 sq. ft.
Week Three
Mow @ 3"
Apply 7# Corn Gluten Meal per 1000 sq. ft.
Week Four
Mow @ 3.5"
Weed - Flame, Pull, or Horticulture Vinegar/Orange Oil
Spot Seed with Compost/Topsoil Mix
Spray Compost Tea (if needed) - Additional Charge

Late Spring
Mow @ 4"
Aeration (if needed) - Additional Charge
Spray Nematodes (if grubs) - Additional Charge
Weed - Flame, Pull, or Horticulture Vinegar/Orange Oil
Spot Seed with Compost/Topsoil Mix

Summer
Mow As Needed @ 4"
Weed - Flame, Pull, or Horticulture Vinegar/Orange Oil
Apply Sustane's 5-2-4 with out Iron
Spot Seed with Compost/Topsoil Mix
Spot apply Corn Meal on any disease

Early Fall
Mow Weekly @ 4"
Aeration and Over seeding
Apply 7# Corn Meal
Weed - Flame, Pull, or Horticulture Vinegar/Orange Oil

Late Fall
Mow as Needed @ 3.5"
Week One
Apply 7# of Corn Gluten Meal
Weed - Flame, Pull, or Horticulture Vinegar/Orange Oil
Week Two
Apply 7# of Corn Gluten Meal
Weed - Flame, Pull, or Horticulture Vinegar/Orange Oil
Week Three
Apply 7# of Corn Gluten Meal
Weed - Flame, Pull, or Horticulture Vinegar/Orange Oil

Lawn In Need of Help

Early Spring
Week One
Mow @ 2"
Apply 7# Alfalfa Pellets
Apply Lime (if needed) - Additional Charge
Week Two
Mow @ 2.5"
Apply 7# Alfalfa Pellets
Weed - Flame, Pull, or Horticulture Vinegar/Orange Oil
Week Three
Mow @ 3"
Apply 7# Alfalfa Pellets
Weed - Flame, Pull, or Horticulture Vinegar/Orange Oil
Week Four
Mow @ 3.5"
Weed - Flame, Pull, or Horticulture Vinegar/Orange Oil
Spray Compost Tea - Additional Charge

Late Spring
Mow @ 4"
Aeration and Seed
Spray Nematodes (if grubs) - Additional Charge
Weed - Flame, Pull, or Horticulture Vinegar/Orange Oil

Summer
Mow As Needed @ 4"
Weed - Flame, Pull, or Horticulture Vinegar/Orange Oil
Apply Sustane's 5-2-4 with out Iron
Spot Seed with Compost/Topsoil Mix
Spot apply Corn Meal on any disease

Early Fall
Mow Weekly @ 4"
Aeration and Over seeding
Apply 7# Corn Meal
Weed - Flame, Pull, or Horticulture Vinegar/Orange Oil

Late Fall
Mow as Needed @ 3.5"
Week One
Apply 7# of Corn Gluten Meal
Weed - Flame, Pull, or Horticulture Vinegar/Orange Oil
Week Two
Apply 7# of Corn Gluten Meal
Weed - Flame, Pull, or Horticulture Vinegar/Orange Oil
Week Three
Apply 7# of Corn Gluten Meal
Weed - Flame, Pull, or Horticulture Vinegar/Orange Oil
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