Basics of Organic Landscape Maintenance
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Many people are interested in reducing or eliminating pesticides and inorganic fertilizers in the landscape because of concerns about water quality and potential toxic threats to humans, pets, bees, birds, and other wildlife.
One way to achieve this is by using organic landscape maintenance. Organic maintenance practices include the elimination of toxic synthetic pesticides and fertilizers and reducing the amount of water used in the landscape. Note that improper use of organic and inorganic products can result in environmental problems. Always apply a product according to its label.
Benefits of Using Organic Maintenance - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
- Reduces leaching of toxic pesticides and inorganic fertilizers into groundwater
- Uses mulch to conserve water and help control annual weeds
- Reduces or eliminates potential toxic effects of pesticides and fertilizers on wildlife
- Reduces costs associated with purchase of chemicals
- Reuses organic wastes as compost
An increasing number of landscape companies offer organic alternatives to their customers. Check the Web for landscape businesses that provide these services.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Indiana - Disease Management Strategies for Hortilcultural Crops: Using Organic Fungicides
Connecticut - Landscape Organics
North Carolina - Composting: A Guide to Managing Organic Yard Wastes
Texas - Don't Bag it - Leaf Management Plan
Texas - Earth Kind Landscaping
Texas - Example of Organic Maintenance Specifications
Organic Lawn Information
Missouri - Natural Lawn Care
Ohio - Natural Organic Lawn Care for Ohio
North Carolina - Organic Lawn Care: A Guide to Organic Lawn Maintenance and Pest Management (available from The Department of Agrilcultural Communications)