Managing your yard as an ecosystem produces a healthy, balanced and attractive outdoor space with less effort, cost and maintenance. An organic yard uses biodiversity, ecological cycles and soil life to support healthy plants, animals and people.
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science behind organic land care, and how to apply these principles at homes, municipal grounds, parks, and fields. You might be looking for a garden or landscape consultant to get you started, or to work all the way through the process of establishing a beautiful, environmentally friendly landscape.
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Why Organic Landscaping:
- Eliminates your children, your pets and your own exposure to harmful pesticides, many of which are carcinogens and/or are thought to affect childhood development
- Cuts the costs on repeated chemical applications, gasoline and sprinkler systems by using the free services offered by soil organims, pollinators, compost, plants and beneficial insects
- Makes your yard a force of nature. Promoting biodiversity and choosing native plants supports a self-sustaining yard that is resistent to pests.
- Uses natural fertilizers such as leaves and compost to add soil nutrients to the soil instead of synthetic fertilizers which disrupt soil biology and often run off into rivers polluting freshwater and marine habitats.
- Conserves water by using plants adapted to local rainfall patterns and by incorporating compost and mulch to retain moisture in the soil.
- Encourages beneficial insects to naturally control pests as a form of organic integrated pest management.