Lawn Fert. Organic vs. Chemical

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Eirik, Dec 18, 2002.

  1. Eirik

    Eirik LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

    I'm sure it has been a thread in the past....I was curious what your thoughts were on the subject. I live in Oregon, and have some accounts on an "organic program." Is it realistic in your neck of the woods?
  2. Acorn

    Acorn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 110

    It's getting to be a bigger thing here in New Brunswick, Canada. Only a small percentage of companies actually offering it. More and more are asking for it. A lot o fpeople post the little sign on their lawns saying they are chemical free etc
  3. fblandscape

    fblandscape Banned
    Messages: 776

    I will do a "quick" comparison of the 3 for you.

    Pro's Con's

    Salts Cheap high burn potential
    high N content more apps needed
    quick response surge growth can occur
    high leaching potential

    Synthetic lower burn potential more expensive
    Organics less apps required medium burn potential
    (IBDU / PCU medium leaching potential
    SCU / PSCU...)

    Nat Orgs Politically correct expensive
    less apps required more material to move
    bio stimulation unpleasant odor
    no burn / leach low N content
    environmentally friendly
    lowers pesticide residues
    decreases requirements for disease and insect control
    decreases pesticide costs
    increases disease resistance.

    I have this and other stuff written down somewhere. If you want... I can e-mail it to you.
  4. Randy J

    Randy J LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,124

    Hey fblandscape, if you could email me a copy of it, I'd appreciate it.

  5. mojo

    mojo LawnSite Member
    from canada
    Messages: 12

    Glad to see your on the ball. I was involed in the chemical end for 10 years and I packed it in 5 years ago, now only offering safe alternatives. Business has grown over 300%. It's the trend now be non-toxic.

  6. SWD

    SWD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 988

    There is definately a market for organics vs synthetic material use. You have to be knowledgable in both and aware, as mentioned, for the desirable/non desirable effects.
    I will use organics, typically upon request.
    The reason is due to the lack of knowledgable maintenance practices in use in my area by other lco's. Essentially all they do is mow and blow, very little or no attention is paid to the soil environment at all.
    I use synthetics to trigger a response and to quickly effect some edaphic concerns relative to the property I am correcting.
    Once I have started to gain a more favorable growth habit, I recommend organics. This is where I am at now.
    However, in my expierence, organics are more costly initially and some of my clients have been nuked by the stock market implosion and don't want to spend the money unless they have too. And truthfully, I do not completely trust all organic methods or materials. Once I have empirical data which supports claims of a product's performance, I will feel more comfortable recommending organics.

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