Northeast Horticultural Services offers organic land care programs that promote outstanding land stewardship based on the ecological principles of nutrient cycling, biotic regulation of pests and biodiversity.
Our organic land care programs advocate safe, healthy property management using organic and least toxic practices and products that nurture and protect the health of families, pets, wildlife and the environment from unnecessary exposure to toxic pesticides.
As a certified member of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), we are committed to managing your property in a way that maintains environmental integrity.
Our Organic Services
As organic accredited land care providers, the team of experts here at NEHS is dedicated to being good stewards of the earth and saving the world one property at a time. Organics is a process in which we work with mother nature, not against it. Organics is not just changing fertilizers, but a whole set of principles that when combined provide an approach that is gentle on our earth.
The following are some of the principles we follow in an organic land care program:
- Put the Right Plant in the Right Place – by planting the right plant in the right place, it will require less from us as it grows and matures in the landscape. We will not use plants that require significant or ongoing site alterations and inputs. We will have to water it less, fertilize less and use less treatments to keep it healthy. We will not use plants that require significant or ongoing site alterations and inputs. The less we pull on our precious natural resources the longer we can expect our earth to sustain us.
- DO NO HARM – we are aware that every land use decision we make will have a positive or negative effect on the land in our care
- Installing native, sustainable landscapes – planting native plants also reduces the need for natural resources. Native plants are adapted to THRIVE in their habitat niche. Native plants provide homes for native birds and insects, and that helps create a healthy micro-ecosystem right within your own property. We allow ecology and sustainability to guide our plant choices.
- Creating Diverse Landscapes – we don’t just plant plants, we plant ecosystems. We understand that plants, soils and their surroundings are interdependent living organisms. We consider all four vegetation layers.
- Nutrient Cycling – grass clippings and leaves are nature’s source of nutrients. We leave grass clippings behind as natural fertilizers for lawns and suggest composting your leaves either on your own site for future use in your gardens and lawns. We happily provide composting services for our clients and promote active composting.
- Reducing and eliminating pesticides in your landscape – we promote the elimination of pesticides in every instance we can. We provide organic approaches in disease and insect control and most every issue faced in the landscape.
- Provide the proper site analysis – we make sure we learn all we can from an existing landscape to plan properly for a successful long-term landscape strategy. Are the site characteristics assets or limitations? Only a proper analysis can determine that.
- Care of the Soil – we start with a soil analysis, this is the holy grail of organic landcare. Ignoring a soil test is like a doctor not doing bloodwork, you would only be guessing about what is to be done. One teaspoon of good soil can contain billions of beneficial bacteria, fungi and other microbes.
- Proper water management – whether its proper irrigation settings, raingardens, storm water retention or rain barrels, we will make sure to suggest and implement proper water management solutions.
Organic Lawn Care is a process. It is a process that takes time and commitment from the client and the lawn care provider. At NEHS our team of experts is committed to educating our consumers about the process of organic lawn, and then designing a customized program for every client. Our mission is to save the world by eliminating bad nitrogen sources, herbicides and pesticides one yard at a time!
The organic lawn process starts with healthy soil. Successful organic lawn programs always start with a comprehensive soil analysis. Lawn and soil are two interdependent living systems, so understanding the composition of the soil is critical in creating a healthy, thriving organic lawn.
One teaspoon of soil can contain millions of beneficial bacteria, fungi and micro-organisms that are hard at work to create a healthy soil environment. Our programs enrich and feed those beneficial organisms so they can work harder to sustain our desired crop of lawn. Our programs rely heavily on composting, aerating and seeding to promote active healthy soils. Traditional and synthetic lawn products actually work to sterilize the soil and eliminate the good guys, making your lawn dependent on products and natural resources.
Part of our approach to organic lawn is a thorough site analysis to determine what site characteristics are assets or limitations for the lawn. We apply our organic land care principles in our organic lawn care programs. We also consider the total square footage of traditional turf you need. A good organic lawn program always incorporates traditional turf alternatives that can be much more sustainable. Low mow fescue meadows, wildflower meadows, moss and sustainable plantings may be much more suited to your site than a traditional blue grass lawn.
Here in Connecticut the threat of tick-borne diseases is very real and can be life shattering. We have many proven methods of controlling tick activity. We offer three different levels of control, completely organic, natural and synthetic.
Our arborists will evaluate your property, assess the level of tick activity it presents, and evaluate your needs. We then create client-specific tick control protocols based on the information gathered.
NEHS highly advocates the use of completely organic products when possible, but we also understand the judicious use of synthetic pesticides may be necessary. When confronted with situations where we must use non-organic options, we time the applications based on the life cycle of the tick for maximum effectiveness and control.
There are several cultural controls for tick activity, including deer fencing, cedar woodchip borders, and natural repellents such as crushed garlic and certain oils that can be applied. Our landscape team can help with the implementation of these controls.