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The crew was here Saturday & worked diligently to get our trees trimmed up. Looks really good. Always fascinated with how they maneuver those ropes so seemingly effortlessly. ”- Liz. D

Why Go Organic?

Scott Dahlberg, ISA Certified Arborist TX-3553A, Texas Oak Wilt Certified – 160

People often ask me why I “lean towards an organic approach” when it comes to caring for trees, shrubs and turf. While I am certainly no expert on organic gardening, I think the answer is pretty simple. Common sense!

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Our goal, when utilizing our proprietary Liquid Compost
Extract as a root zone fertilizer is to emulate nature; to duplicate
what you would find in the natural flora and fauna. As microbes break
down organic matter in our soils, they make it readily available for
uptake by plants in nutrient form. As they mine the soil, they improve
the soil structure through natural aeration. Why wouldn’t we want to
increase the organic matter and microbial activity in soil
throughout our clients’ gardens to improve the nutritional and
structural quality of the soil? We would and we do, which is why we have
partnered with the Texas Worm Ranch to produce our Liquid Compost Extract.

Synthetic
fertilizers often use a high amount of Nitrogen combined with a high
amount of Sodium, as a slow release component. Sodium (salt) as you may
know (think about how thirsty you get when you eat a very salty meal)
causes an increase in water consumption. With the water restrictions
already in place throughout North Texas, and only getting more
stringent, I do not believe adding Sodium to our soils is the right
call. High amounts of Nitrogen may push growth and help plants “green
up,” but I do not believe they provide a well balanced diet for our
plants. That imbalance often leads to fungal issues and higher insect
activity, as the plants become more stressed, leading to the potential
need for fungicides and insecticides. I think we can all agree that
these chemicals, as they run off into the environment, are not good for
our environment or our health.

While
I can’t say that there is an organic solution for every problem in our
gardens, I can say that a Best Management Practice, leaning toward
organic solutions, is the right call.
Chemicals have their
place but, in my opinion, should only be used when necessary and
certainly should be used correctly. If and when we are required to use
chemicals to help control fungal issues and insect activity, we
certainly recommend keeping those chemicals contained within the
Vascular System of our trees rather than spraying them into the
environment.

If we can continue to emulate Mother Nature
by leaning towards an organic approach, and begin to limit the use of
synthetic fertilizers that can lead to the need for fungicides and
insecticides, our plants will be healthier, we will use less water in
our gardens and we’ll all be healthier for it.

Ready to get on our Eco-friendly SEASONS program? Give us a call to have your trees properly fed on our yearly schedule.

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