[Video] Organic Lawn Care with Conrad Decker
While it's not as enjoyable as listening to Conrad speak in person, we did manage to record his Organic Lawn Care talk to share with all of you. It's a pretty thorough conversation about Organic Lawn Care on Long Island. Set aside a few minutes to give it a watch and let us know if you have any questions
Some Notes From Conrad
Turf is the most UN-natural plant that grows in our region, not just Long Island. Because it's not indigenous to this area, it requires extreme amounts of maintenance and costs.
- If your perception of a healthy lawn involves no weeds or even minimal weeds, organic lawn care may not be a good consideration for you.
- For several years we've been promoting a conventional program to improve the condition of your turf with the expectation of moving to an organic program in the future. In order for an organic lawn program to be effective the condition of the lawn should be in a sustainable condition. Once a lawn is established, the regular application of fertilizers will provide enough care to keep the lawn sustainable.
- The positive reasons for an organic program are primarily safety and environmental. I'm very pleased to see that many of our customers are committed to organic lawn care. The objective of these presentations is to provide added guidance so homeowners can be successful in their efforts.
- Crabgrass is the primary nemesis of turf lawns in the northeast. If we discontinued treating and caring for our lawn, they would all revert to crabgrass. In an organic program the only means of controlling crabgrass is with Corn Gluten. It is important to apply Corn Gluten each year and the timing is very important to maximize the control. There is a supplemental product of Corn Gluten available in solution form. This solution allows you to extend the control time of crabgrass. Remember that crabgrass may germinate for 4-8 weeks depending on spring temperatures. The solution is a big improvement for Organic Lawn programs.
- Other weeds like Dandelion, Chickweed, Onion grass and Nutsedge are not easily controlled with an organic program. If your lawn has large amounts of weeds it may require physically removing them and minimally you should be mowing the weeds very low to reduce their vigor.
- The best way to control weeds in an Organic program is to maintain a lush, thick lawn that out competes the weeds. This is why patience and commitment are the most important components of a successful lawn program.
- Cultural practices are critical in an organic program. Watering, Mowing, aeration, and seeding will all improve the condition of your lawn.