At the grassroots level, people are beginning to request and in some cases demand, non-toxic alternatives to current management practices. - Organic Landscape Association
LEARN THE BENEFITS OF IMPLEMENTING AN ORGANIC PROGRAM
Improve overall health, carbon storing capacity, and water retention of soil in turf fields and landscapes without use of toxic chemicals or synthetic fertilizers.
Reduce use of fertilizers, thereby alleviating runoff of nitrogen and toxic chemicals into waterways.
The need for less irrigation, which conserves water and saves money.
Protect wildlife, pollinator health and other natural resources.
Provide a healthier environment for children, landscaping employees, and all others using landscaped areas.
Reduce the potential of future lawsuits due to exposure to toxic chemicals that cause cancer and other health issues.
Raise awareness as to the benefits of organic landscape management, and set a positive example for the surrounding community. For example, allowing for the creation of educational pollinator and vegetable gardens and opportunities for positive media reports.
Organic Turf Costs Less
Studies find that for every one percent of organic matter content added to soil (for example, through the addition of compost), the soil can hold an additional 16,500 gallons of plant-available water. For every one percent of organic matter added, each cubic foot of soil will be able to hold an additional 1.5 quarts of water. In practice, this can result in reduced watering costs for lawns and landscapes.
A report comparing annual maintenance costs for a typical 65,000 square foot high school football field over 5 years using both conventional and organic management techniques finds that once established, an organic turf management program can result in savings of greater than 25% compared to a conventional turf management program.
Organic Management Works
The Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) have found that weed control is successful without the use of toxic pesticides. CAPE surveyed officials in six different municipalities and found that not only are alternatives to conventional methods effective, but they also do not cost more.
FIND RECOMMENDED PRODUCTS
Organic, Minimum Risk And Least Toxic Products For Managing Landscapes and Pests
Use these links - Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI), EPA’s 25b minimum risk pesticides, and Beyond Pesticides Products Compatible with Organic Landscape Management, and more to identify appropriate products to be used in an organic land management program if cultural, mechanical, and biological methods fail.
Green Earth Ag & Turf
Active Ingredients Eligible for Minimum Risk Pesticide Products
Inert Ingredients Eligible for FIFRA 25(b) Pesticide Products
Beyond Pesticides Products Compatible With Organic Landscape Management
NOFA Standards for Organic Land Care, 6th Edition - The Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Standards are the foundation of the NOFA Accreditation course in Organic Land Care. Preferred, allowed and prohibited substances are listed.
Organic Land Care Best Management Practices Manual - A guide to recommended practices and practices to avoid when conducting effective organic land care. Includes product recommendations.
Weed Control Alternatives
Use this list to suggest alternatives to non-selective broad spectrum herbicides like Roundup.
ORGANIC ATHLETIC FIELDS
Look at these beautiful organic fields in Springfield, Massachusetts. They currently have about a dozen sites in this expanding organic program, mostly athletic fields.
Yes, even golf courses can be managed organically, like the Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, Massachusetts on Martha's Vineyard. It is the first of its kind in the United States.
Downloadable Documents to Share
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