Where to start with organic lawns and/or soil science???

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by New2TheGreenIndustry, Dec 18, 2013.

  1. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
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    Just looking for some good info on organic lawn care and the science behind it all. Where to start???
     
  2. CNYScapes

    CNYScapes LawnSite Senior Member
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    check out bee safe lawn care, i think he has something going like that and he knows how to build a business
     
  3. Keegan

    Keegan LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Posts: 605

    I would not trust Bee Safe.

    Paul Tukey has a very easy to read book out. Paul Sachs has several books, Jeff Lewenfels "Teaming w/ microbes"

    Check out NOFA.

    Search on this site.
     
  4. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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  5. CNYScapes

    CNYScapes LawnSite Senior Member
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    Whats wrong with Bee Safe? I dont know much about him I just heard that he built a large business a while back and sold out for big money to nationals.
     
  6. Keegan

    Keegan LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Posts: 605

    From what I have heard. Their stuff is untested and ineffective resulting in poor results.
     
  7. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
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    "Low analysis. More needs to be applied compared to standard nitrogen rates. Takes several weeks to see a response. Response may be poor. Soil temps must be between 55 - 60 for results. May be an odor."

    source: O.M. Scotts & Sons Company

    You won't find this info anymore on the Scotts website because of 2 things....

    Scotts began selling natural organic fertilizers
    Scotts Lawn Care came into existence shortly after

    But good old me -- I still have hard copies of what Scotts originally had on their OM Scotts website. lmao

    Bottom line IMO = "follow the money".
     
  8. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Barry will be happy to talk with you...you don't get college credit...but you will learn a lot.
    It might be a good idea to start with a "bridge" program.
    Be sure you understand the limitations of weed control with organic products.
    Start early, before the dealers get really busy. Plan ahead.
    Read a few(hundred) posts in the Organic section of Lawnsite.
    Get a book or two on soils, soil microbiology and mineral cycles.
     
  9. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Posts: 5,846

    I trust Barry 100% (been buying quality products from him for years). But I do not trust Scotts for many reasons. Scotts is a sales organization imo. (follow the money)
     
  10. 44DCNF

    44DCNF LawnSite Bronze Member
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