For the last few years, Rgreen® has offered two programs in the Lehigh Valley. Why do we do this? We do it because we care about our environment. The 100% organic program is exactly that. We use Beesafe® products, as well as their organic program. The Beesafe® program is a NOFA registered program. NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association) is a governing body to certify products and companies in organic land care.
The hybrid program used in the Lehigh Valley consists of an organic fertilizer with a small amount of nitrogen, a pre-emergent and weed control. We use the weed control at less than label rate based on years of study to ensure weed kill without over use. The small amount of nitrogen is based on study as well. Nitrogen has been overused in this country for a number of years. You might ask the following questions: What difference does it make? Why is my lawn such a dark green? Why am I cutting my lawn so often? Lawns with too much nitrogen have a very short root system and will turn brown in the hot summer months, after causing the lawn to grow very quickly in the beginning of the season. Another important thing to mention regarding the overuse of nitrogen is the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. The details are too numerous to list here, but it consists of over 70,000 square kilometers of dead ocean. You can read more here.
So you might be wondering why we offer the hybrid program if we care so much for the environment. One reason is that if your yard is full of weeds the organic weed killer will not control them. The only organic weed killer is very limited on what it can control. Another reason is cost. Many people cannot afford 100% organic. The products simply cost more. We work hard to give our customers the lawn they want while being as environmentally conscious as possible.
We find it very disheartening what other companies will say to sell you a program. Many companies will use the phrase “organic based” or “natural” when in fact it is not. The product used may contain some organic material but almost always also contain synthetic items. The term “natural” has absolutely no legal strangleholds and therefore it can literally mean anything.