Negatives of Chemical Applications

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by dustinhuck08, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. dustinhuck08

    dustinhuck08 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    I have been researching the negatives of chemical applications and have not had much luck finding anything. I have been thinking about entering into the organic fertilizer application business. To actually get customers to understand why organic is better I'm going to need to give possible clients reasoning of why chemicals are bad and why the organics are the best alternative.

    Thanks for all the responses ahead of time!
  2. Barefoot James

    Barefoot James LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Well first you should educate yourself about organics - this site is great - all the stuff you need to know is right here - start reading threads on this forum and about a week from now you will be able to ask some more specific questions - this first question is already answered, but it is gonna take you about 100 hours of reading to get your answers in your head to be able to talk to those future clients. It's all right here start reading!
    Welcome to the organic side of Lawnsite!
  3. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,987

    You'll find a lot of info here
    I don't agree with everything stated there, but I don't always agree with everything I have stated either. :)
  4. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    Put this list together a while ago. Links may or may not work, if they don' I am sure you can find the new one that does. This is by no means an all inclusive list of available literature.

    Impacts on Microbes & Microbial Communities

    FERTILIZERS (Organic & Inorganic)

    The effects of chronic nitrogen fertilization on alpine tundra soil microbial communities: implications for carbon and nitrogen cycling

    Chronic nitrogen enrichment affects the structure and function of the soil microbial community in temperate hardwood and pine forests

    Chronic nitrogen additions reduce total soil respiration and microbial respiration in temperate forest
    soils at the Harvard Forest

    Changes in Soil Microbial Biomass and Bacterial Community in a Long-term
    Fertilization Experiment During the Growth of Maize

    Bacterial Community Structure and Diversity in a Century-Old Manure-Treated Agroecosystem

    Seasonal changes in soil microbial communities along a fertility gradient of temperate grasslands

    Responses of the bacterial and fungal biomass in a grassland soil to multi-year applications of dairy manure slurry and fertilizer

    Responses of grassland soil nematodes and protozoa to multi-year and single-year applications of dairy manure slurry and fertilizer

    Soil microbial biomass and selected soil enzyme activities: effect of fertilization and cropping practices

    Responses of Active Bacterial and Fungal Communities in Soils under Winter Wheat to Different Fertilizer and Pesticide Regimens

    Spatial and seasonal variation of gross nitrogen transformations and microbial biomass in a northeastern US grassland


    Soil biological quality of grassland fertilized with adjusted cattle manure slurries in comparison with organic and inorganic fertilizers

    Fungal biomass in pastures increases with age and reduced N input

    Fungal/bacterial ratios in grasslands with contrasting nitrogen management

    Soil microbial community responses to dairy manure or ammonium nitrate applications

    Chemical and biological indicators of soil quality in organic and conventional farming systems in Central Italy

    Application of fresh and composted organic wastes modifies structure, size and activity of soil microbial community under semiarid climate

    Structure and function of the soil microbial community in a long-term fertilizer experiment

    The role of tree leaf mulch and nitrogen fertilizer on turfgrass soil quality

    Long-term effect of mineral fertilizers and amendments on microbial dynamics in an alfisol of Western Himalayas

    Ground beetle abundance and community composition in conventional and organic tomato systems of California's Central Valley

    Organic and synthetic fertility amendments influence soil microbial, physical and chemical properties on organic and conventional farms

    Long-term effects of organic and synthetic soil fertility amendments on soil microbial communities and the development of southern blight

    Effects of cover crops, compost, and manure amendments on soil microbial community structure in tomato production systems


    Influence of irrigated agriculture on soil microbial diversity

    Response of microbial community composition and activity in agricultural and grassland soils after a simulated rainfall

    Flooding effects on soil microbial communities

    Microbial Communities in High and Low Recharge Environments: Implications for Microbial Transport in the Vadose Zone


    Redistribution of crop residues during row cultivation creates a biologically enhanced environment for soil microorganisms

    Effects of mycorrhizal roots and extraradical hyphae on 15N uptake from vineyard cover crop litter and the soil microbial community


    Nitrogen source influences wild mustard growth and competitive effect on sweet corn

    Nitrogen Fertilizer, Manure, and Compost Effects on Weed Growth
    and Competition with Spring Wheat


    Nitrogen mineralization and microbial biomass as affected by soil compaction

    Microbial Responses to Wheel-Traffic in Conventional and No-Tillage Systems

    Compaction alters physical but not biological indices of soil health

    Active fractions of organic matter in soils with different texture


    Microbial community responses in forest mineral soil to compaction, organic matter removal, and vegetation control

    Soil microbial community composition and land use history in cultivated and grassland ecosystems of coastal California

    Carbon and nitrogen conservation in dryland tillage and cropping systems

    Soil Scarification and Wildfire Interactions and Effects on Microbial Communities and Carbon


    Invasion by an exotic tree alters above and belowground ecosystem components
  5. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
    Messages: 2,636

    I wanna i wanna i wanna... but I wont. :)

    ok i will...

    salts kill microbes.... NOT!
  6. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,638

    Kiril is kind of like the librarian around here - read his links and you will learn more than you will spending hours running through other websites.
  7. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,126

    Hmmmm. That gives me an idea for something to look at under the microscope I got for Christmas. JD are you saying there won't be ANY effect on the microbes?
  8. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    What kind of scope did santa get you?
  9. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,987

    Rather than beat a dead horse, let's take another look at the OP's question.

    I interpret his post as asking how to best explain negative effects of chemical lawn care to potential residential clients. The average homeowner would more likely listen to potential health and environmental problems than the effect of salt based fertilizers on soil microbiology.
  10. horttenn

    horttenn LawnSite Member
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