We follow the NOFA Organic Land Care Standards, and I am a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional. I have also learned a lot from the PRFCT Earth Project, who offers a wealth of information for anyone interested in toxin free land care.
The best way to understand what we can do for you is to schedule a consultation and site review. Organic landscaping is not about one-size-fits-all solutions, it is about a give and take between land and land owner. What are your expectations? How do you want to use your land? How close are you to the water? What is the condition of your soil? How much light is getting through? These questions and more will determine exactly what organic landscaping will look like for you.
Creating a beautiful organic lawn is a process, and it starts with healthy soil. We take soil samples at every new property and send them to a lab for a full biological analysis. From there we can address deficiencies and create a solid foundation on which healthy turf can live. We use a multi-level approach to weed management to help create the look you want without the use of toxic chemicals that damage our water ways and local wild life. Our strategies include:
- Use of a mulching mower to keep a blade height of 3" - 4".
- Aggressive seeding using the proper grass seed mix.
- Implementing proper water distribution for each zone.
- Use of a spring pre-emergent to control weeds, and hand weeding throughout the growing season.
- Targeted treatments such as compost tea applications to address any problems specific to your land.
- Specialized cutting techniques for different areas. For example, using lawn scissors around trees to prevent scarring from the weed whacker.
Lawns that are transitioning from non-organic to organic may experience a period of transition, but this is usually temporary and will be addressed with your targeted plan of action.
We don't just specialize in classic green grass lawns. Organic landscapes often embrace a variety of solutions to create dynamic zones that take advantage of the natural tendencies of the land. Meadow, moss-scapes, sand dunes, and wetlands are some examples. You may think that these areas are best left alone, but they actually need care too, to prevent invasive species from taking hold and help them reach their full aesthetic potential.
Fertilizer and Compost Tea
Conventional lawn fertilizers dose your land with man-made nitrogen, carcinogens, and endocrine disruptors, and the excess washes through your dirt into the surrounding bodies of water - including the drinking water. Visit our resources page for links to website that have more information on the hazardous effects of synthetic fertilizer.
We use soil analysis to determine what fertilizer applications are necessary for the health of your lawn. However, even organic fertilizer needs to be used responsibly. When we can see the specific deficiencies in your soil, we can use targeted amounts of the correct product for your lawn.
Compost Tea is a powerful cocktail of living beneficial bacteria, fungi and other microscopic organisms created by brewing compost in oxygenated water. Other natural things like fish enzymes can be added increase the potency. The result is a nourishing tonic for your pant life that will greatly improve plant health. We use compost tea applications that address the specific deficiencies in your soil.
Deer, grubs, ticks, moles and voles, racoons, ants, wasps, mosquitos...is your skin crawling yet? Well, nothing should make your skin crawl more than the devastating side effects of toxic pesticides. Did you know there are over 118 chemicals in Long Island's drinking water aquifer? Many of which are the main ingredients in common household pesticides.
We use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies to address pest problems. The IPM approach strives to reduce environmental, health, and economic risks by using a variety of strategies to help prevent pests as well as forecast pest occurrence. Many problems can be controlled through fencing, trapping and removal, while other problems can be controlled by the introduction of beneficial organisms, like nematodes (microscopic worms), or even bats! Other organic methods include the use of soaps, oils and biologicals. Please keep in mind that even organic pesticides should be a last resort and need to be used responsibly. The best way to understand how we can help you manage pest problems is to schedule a consultation.
Whether you are looking to install new ornamentals or just need someone to maintain your already beautiful specimen plants, Norris Organics will apply the same individual approach we take to everything else. Targeted organic treatments will help prevent pests and disease from taking hold and ensure that trees and shrubs reach their fullest potential. We can help you choose non-invasive plants that are right for your land and light, design aesthetically pleasing layouts, ensure that your irrigation is properly dispersing water, and create a schedule of pruning and cutting that will ensure optimal growth. In the fall we mulch all the fallen leaves and blow them into the beds to infuse roots with a rich source of natural fertilizer. We also provide specialized care and design for potted plantings.
Even if you are not here in the winter months, your landscape still needs care. Snow and storms can do permanent damage to pants and shrubs if they are not tended to. In addition to plowing, clearing walk ways and paths to utilities, we care for your plants by removing heavy snow and broken or fallen tree limbs as needed. We can also do regular home checks upon request and maintain indoor potted plants when you are not home. Contact us for more information on winter services or to be added to our plow list.
So much more
There is nothing Norris Organics won't do to help you create the organic landscape of your dreams. In addition to the services outlined above we can also help with masonry, log wall design and installation, gardens of all types, tree work, even beekeeping! If you are not sure if we can help you or want to know more about any of the services outlined above, click the button below to send us a message and schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!