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Recommender: Biological and organic products

August 17, 2020 -  By
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Many lawn care companies say they’ve switched to biological and organic products just within the past few years. (Photo: Imagesines/iStock / Getty Images Plus/Getty Images)

What organic and biological products do you use and why?

Headshot: Katie Felts-Martin

Katie Felts-Martin

Katie Felts-Martin

Franchise Co-Owner
Clean Air Lawn Care
St. Louis

“We use Fiesta for broadleaf control. It’s safe once it dries, does not harm turf and has been effective on black medic, wild strawberry and creeping Charlie. For nonselective, we have utilized horticultural vinegar, Avenger and Mirimichi Green. All provide foliage burnoff and assist in bed maintenance by reducing the volume of hand pulling. For fertilizer, our granular is a blend specifically formulated for Clean Air Lawn Care (CALC) by Holganix. Our liquid fertilizer and soil builder are mixed at CALC headquarters and shipped as a concentrate to provide humic acid, fulvates, langbeinite, kelp and other nutrients.”

Headshot: Grant Rardon

Grant Rardon

Grant Rardon

McPherson Turf Care
McPherson, Kan.

“We started a composting operation where we use the waste we collect for creating biochar, vermicompost and traditional compost. Those are in turn used on clients’ properties. This has helped eliminate trips to the landfill and added another revenue source. We also use worm castings from our worm farm.”

Headshot: Jim Beveridge

Jim Beveridge

Jim Beveridge

Yards Done Right
Westlake, Ohio

“We started using liquid fertilizer blends and adding humic (acid), fulvic acid, kelp and various biological products like bacillus and other unique things like molasses to help break down thatch and spur microbial activity in our soils. We started noticing that our lawns were healthier, more drought resistant and had more organic matter content. Today, we are taking it another step further to increase root hair mass by using acetate-based products that are fertilizer catalysts and that help release nutrients, indolebutyric acid and kinetin and root-promoting peptides.”

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