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What are your foundational organic products?

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by replenish&subdue, Dec 11, 2008.

  1. replenish&subdue

    replenish&subdue LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 272

    What are the foundational products that are a must in operating an organic lawn and shrub business? For example,I would think corn glutton is foundational as a pre-emerge.By the way do we have any other choice,corn glutton has shot up in price!
  2. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,911

  3. 1wezil

    1wezil LawnSite Senior Member
    from tn
    Messages: 532

  4. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,911

    hey dude your cat is on the computer again
  5. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    CGM is NOT a staple ..... TG beat me to it.

  6. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
    Messages: 2,636

    Compost, smart irrigation, and sometimes yearly over-seeding = staples
  7. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    CG as a pre-emergent is only going to disappoint and make you look bad.
    Be sure you get plenty of experience b4 you go pro with it.

    I agree with JD in that compost and smart watering are good, because compost and stupid watering are going to waste your effort.
  8. growingdeeprootsorganicly

    growingdeeprootsorganicly LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 766

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  9. TF PLUS

    TF PLUS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 68

    Season Greetings Group,

    This was my first summer and fall with an advanced organic approach.

    My foundation products were: Pure Worm Castings (purchased) combined with a grain meal (Corn), fortified with Humic/Fulvic Acid, Sea kelp with worm tea. Added to this hand blend was Sul-Po-Mag and a trace of Boron. This was applied with a broadcast spreader with an attached vibration kit at a rate of about 34 pounds per 1000 sqft for St. Augustine grass, Palm trees and surrounding bushes. Takes too much time and effort to mix:hammerhead:
    Looking into a solution for this.

    I saw results with lawn green-up and fungus control but it was not the (false- dark-green and shinny look) that I saw with chemical 8-2-12 blend. It seemed to look descent for about 6 to 8 weeks with fungus managed.

    My Eco Lawn Applicator arrived, so I added bagged compost (mainly sand base) to above mix and WOW!!!

    You can notice a difference between the two approaches.

    I just found a compost facility near by that uses just yard waste, its screened to half inch. The owner been composting for 15 years and now he does not test anymore.:confused:

    Improvements will come...in the form of COMMMMMPOST as the base foundation.

    Can you guess the two people I need to visit?

    Take care and Happy Holidays, Tom
  10. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    Good to hear it TF, :) and Merry Christmas to you as well.

    With all the additional, this past year, How are you in cost comparison with Synthetic?
    Labor? and Product cost?

    Just ballpark is fine...

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