Does an organic lawn look like a non-organic lawn?
Yes and no. You can't just take away the chemicals and expect your grass to look like a chemical lawn. Beautiful organic lawns are totally possible, but take a different approach, starting with healthy soil. With the right strategies and consistant care we can make your organic lawn look just as beautiful as any other type of lawn. If you are interested we can also help you cultivate different types of ground cover to work with the natural tendancies of the land like meadows, moss gardens and sand areas.
What are beneficial organisms, and how do they benefit me?
Beneficial organisms in agriculture are living things help with pests and plant health. These can be things that an organic landscaper brings in to balance out problems, or it can be something living in the soil that we try to maintain. Some examples of beneficial organisms include ladybugs that eat aphids, fungi that help plants to absorb more nutrients, and nematodes that kill grubs. These things do not disrupt the local ecosystem, and are non-toxic to people and water ways. Only by creating a thriving biomass (the world in your dirt!) can you create a thriving organic landscape.
Why don't you bag my grass clippings?
Norris Organics uses a mulching mower, a special mower that pulverizes clippings (and fall leaves!) into fine pieces and blows them down into the turf where they are easily broken down into the soil. This turns your clippings into food for the soil and fertilizer for your lawn. In the fall we mulch your leaves and blow them into your plant beds to add richness those areas too. This is a key practice when maintaining an organic lawn. A big fear we face when we say we don't bag clippings, is that there will be large clumps of dead grass all over the lawn. A mulching mower does not leave clumps behind, however we do bag clippings around pool areas to ensure neatness.
Can you help my current landscaper switch to organic methods?
Yes! We help other professionals who want to learn to use organic landscaping methods. If we were the only organic company out there, the area would remain as polluted as ever. Only by working together and getting other business on board can we truly make a difference and preserve the unique beauty of the East End of Long Island.
How do sythetic pesticides and fertilizers affect me?
They affect you, your pets, your neighbors, future generations, and all local wildlife and water ways. Synthetics do not break down quickly in the environment. They rub off on you and your pets and are absorbed through the skin. What is washed away enters our drinking water and the water we swim in. It also enters the fish and produce we eat. Pesticides you spray around your gardens and lawns kill bees and other pollinators, and can cause entire local hives to collapse if they feed on freshly sprayed flowers. Some of the known side effects include toxic algae blooms, fish die offs, cancer, autoimmune disease, infertility, and endocrine disruption. For more statistics and information regarding the effects of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides visit the pages listed on our resources page.