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Children, you’re PetsandWild Life?
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By Turf Pro USA
Are lawns bad for the environment? Not if they are properly managed!
1. Average managed lawns capture 4 times the amount of carbon used in their maintenance.
2. Well managed lawns capture 5 to 7 times the amount of carbon used in their maintenance.
3. Recycling nitrogen from grass clippings is the largest driver of carbon sequestration.
Our country is so large and diverse in climates, elevation and type of soil, no single
solution works for all areas and types of turf/grass we grow. Most all areas have
local garden centers and university extension agents that can help you with understanding
your local conditions. The one thing that is constant in all areas is the need for
a continuous supply of nutrients and healthy soil biology. Turf and Garden Pro, our
100% organic liquid Humate can provide this while helping to protect the environment
What you grow in conjunction with your lawn also can make a big difference in how
you care for the grass. Learn the pH of your soil and adjust it as needed. Most grasses
like the soil pH to be between 6.0 and 7.5 pH. Optimum nutrient utilization is considered
to be at a pH of 6.2.
Things like pine trees, many other conifers, azaleas and other acid loving plants
can cause major problems with lawns because of rain running off of trees and bushes
at the drip line. This water can be highly acidic and easily damage grass. Another
problem is acidic leaves and needles on the grass causing the pH to go down. Adding
lime on a regular basis can make a difference but it takes time for lime to raise
the soil pH.
Cutting your grass to short is another major problem. Without enough leaf area to
manufacture food a plants roots cannot grow strong and deep. Let the grass grow at
least 2½ inches high and mow more frequently. Leaving grass clippings helps reduce
the need for fertilizer and water while it is replenishing the organic material in
When watering, water deep. Grass roots will not go down unless there is moisture
for them. You need to get the water to go down about 6 to 7 inches. To go deeper
than that gains very little and can add to groundwater pollution.
Roots need air like all living things. As it compacts air circulation is reduced
and root growth lessens. It is a good idea to aerate your lawn at least once every
year or so. The more traffic the lawn gets the faster it will compact. Thatch build
up is also something that can cut air off from the grasses roots.
Good healthy grass will choke out most weeds and reduce the need for environmentally
harmful herbicides. The same is true for most fungal problems.
Moving toward a Well Managed Lawn?
1. Reduce your fertilizer use by as much as 50%. Turf and Garden Pro introduces
necessary soil biology to your yard that chemicals and synthetic fertilizers have
destroyed. This newly introduced soil biology works with your lawn’s roots to improve
their ability to take up and utilize fertilizer more efficiently. Turf and Garden
Pro also addsnecessary trace elements grasses need to make them healthier and stronger.
In Florida alone, there are 780,000 acres of private lawns using 500,000 tons of
fertilizer every year. Can you imagine the benefits to the environment by cutting
our fertilizer in half? Plus, think of the cost $avings!
2. Reduce water usage by up to 40%. Turf and Garden Pro, with its high quality Ancient
Humus, works hard to rebuild the organic content of your soil. This makes your soil
better able to hold moisture, thus reducing the amount of water needed. This along
with proper watering techniques (less often but longer) allows the water to go deep
into your soil and your lawn’s roots will grow deeper to take it in. If you have
a sprinkler system, consider adding an injection system (www.ezfloinjection.com/)
to feed your lawn a small amount every time you water. This technique, called “fertigation”,
is the best way to feed your lawn. When you fertilize heavily three or four times
a year, you get a rush of growth, then your lawn runs out of food and loses its strength.
When you add a very small amount of fertilizer to your lawn on a regular basis,
it is healthier and looks great all the time. This method can reduce fertilizer run-off
anywhere from 40% to 80%, this is wasted fertilizer that is never utilized by plants
and is on its way to polluting our lakes and streams. A consistently healthy lawn
is a stronger lawn and more able to choke out weeds and better fight pests and disease.
Add a moisture sensing system or turn off your system during times of heavy rains
to keep from wasting water.
3. Reduce nutrient run-off. Turf and Garden Pro has lignin in it helps to bind
up chemicals compounds like fertilizer and keeps them in the root zone untill beneficial
soil biology can unlock them for the plant to use. WithTurf and Garden Pro your
new healthy soil will efficiently breakdown nutrients (fertilizers and organic material).
This makes it easier for your lawn to use fertilizer; meaning you will need much
less. This reduces the potential runoff of pollutants that can find their way into
our lakes and streams and eventually to our groundwater.
4. Provide necessary trace elements needed for a healthy lawn. Lawns need a number
of minor elements to become and stay healthy. Some of these are required in very
small amounts but all are essential to the plant in some way. Turf and GardenPro
can contain as many as 68 natural trace elements in a form that is readily available
to your lawn.
5. Build your lawns’ natural immune systems. Both the trace elements and the microbiology
are keys to a lawns’ ability to fight off disease and harmful pests. Turf and Garden
Pro reduces the need for large amount of nitrogen, creating healthier and stronger
6. Improve drought resistance and temperature tolerance. Stronger lawns with deeper
roots, assisted by healthy beneficial soil biology, make yards more drought resistant.
Your stronger and healthier lawn will be able to handle wider temperature swings.
7. Minimize or eliminate the use of pesticides and herbicides. Strong immune systems,
assisted by the natural antibiotics in ‘Complete Ancient Humate’, allow your lawn
to naturally ward off many diseases and pests. Stronger grass with deeper and better
roots will crowd out most weeds. A true organic lawn will require some occasional
spot weeding. Never remove more than a third of your grass blades at any mowing
as this will weaken the root systems.
8. Rebuild your soils organic content and reduce thatch. Let Turf and Garden Pro
live soil biology begin the process of creating a natural balance in your soil that
will breakdown thatch and turn it into productive organic material. For every 1%
of organic material you add back into the soil per 1,000 square feet, you remove
more than 400 pounds of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.
Fertilizers: The right fertilizer is going to vary greatly by soil type, soil pH
and the water you use to water you lawn. Using high number fertilizers can hurt as
much as help in some cases. The amount of phosphorus needed varies with the amount
of natural phosphate that is in the soil. Many fertilizers do not have the trace
elements in them that the lawn needs and in some cases where they are listed as ingredients
they are not in a form that is available to the grass. When looking at organic fertilizers
you will find that most of them have very low nitrogen levels. What you may not know
is that in healthy soil the organic fertilizer is equal to more than six times the
number show on synthetic fertilizers. There are many very good organic fertilizers
on the market these days and they are much more earth friendly.
Soil Amendments: Adding a ‘Complete Ancient Humate’ to you lawn/turf care can make
a lot of difference as talked about above. Turf and Garden Pro by TurfPro USA, is
one of the very few products on the market that can deliver all of the things I talked
Turf and Garden Pro contains Humic Acid to stimulate growth, soil biology to work
with plant roots (It has a natural nitrogen fixing agent to make better use of the
fertilizer you use), 68 elements in plant available form to give the grass a balanced
diet and lignin to hold water and nutrients so the grass can get them as needed.
Summery: Both of the products recommended above are 100% organic and made in the
USA. Good looking lawns are possible and still be “Earth Friendly” if you work with
the right products.