Why Go Organic?
Simply put: we’re cultivators, not killers.
We design on the premise that nature nurtures: as humans we delight and benefit in our daily greenery, in observing a bird nesting or a butterfly drinking nectar. So on that premise, the chemical diet of traditional landscaping doesn’t cut it.
Chemical pesticides and herbicides are indiscriminate in their attack, destroying soil microbiology and polluting waterways and aquatic life with runoff. Synthetic fertilizers are a quick fix feed for plants, but do nothing for the plant’s immune system or lasting health. What’s more, there is simply not enough research on the long-term effect of these toxic exposures on human and pet health. Learn more about pesticides and your health on our blog.
At Green Jay Landscaping we apply a holistic, ecological approach to all of our projects. Our team members are NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals and approved contractors for the Bedford 2020 Healthy Yard Program and Rye Healthy Yard Program. We understand that organic is more than just a product swap; it requires building sustainable ecosystems. Learn more about Dr. Diane Lewis, M.D.'s work with The Great Healthy Yard Project.
Landscapes for Better Living:
GJL’s Healthy Yard Program
1) Soil testing is the scientific basis for organic, lawn, tree and shrub care
- Recommend Rutgers and NY Soil Food Web Lab
2) Mulch mowing, recycling clippings as a minimum, mowing height 3”- 4” optimum
- Leaf mulching and leaf shredding for mulching landscape beds preferred
- Dull mower blades are the number one cause of disease and stress in lawn care (abiotic injury/damage)
3) Water conservation
- Reduce lawn areas, establish no mow zones, especially next to ponds, lakes and watercourses
- Install rain barrels, rain gardens, rainwater harvesting systems, drip irrigation, rain sensors and smart clocks adjusted to seasonal weather conditions.
- Water lawns and landscape beds infrequently and deeply
4) Invasive weed species control
- Removal with least disturbance where and when possible. Avoid toxic pesticides
- Replace undesirable species with native plantings selected for and adapted to disturbed conditions and aggressiveness
- Mulch with untreated wood products or gravel/stone, where necessary and appropriate to conserve water, control erosion, suppress weeds and reduce temperature and evaporation.
- Plant green mulch (native vegetative ground covers)
5) Lawn establishment and maintenance
- Select seeds for low maintenance, use only high quality, greatest diversity mixes adapted to the sun/shade, soil conditions and hydrology.
- Recommendations include turf-type fescues, micro clover, ecological source mixes for field, pasture, stream bank, roadside, native wildflowers
6) Organic fertilizer
- Use only natural source, organic products (OMRI approved) specific to plant types (ex. ericaceous, deciduous, evergreen, trees, shrubs and perennials). Should be applied between April and October at minimum soil temp of 60 degrees
7) Soil amendments
- Adjust pH, if recommended by soil analysis (ex. hi-cal limestone, gypsum, elemental sulfur, green sand, etc.)
- Use bio-stimulates to increase soil biology
- Core aeration of lawn areas to improve drainage and increase air space, oxygen and water holding/retention capacity
- Roto-tilling and manual or machine excavation to improve texture, relieve compaction, amend soil and improve drainage in landscape and planting beds
9) Leaf composting/removal
- Recycling all leaf matter and natural organic debris on site where possible by mulching mowing, shredding and chipping before considering off site carting and dumping
10) Ecological landscape design development & management
- Create sustainable longevity by selecting beneficial species in both plant and animal life to increase biological diversity and insure successful organic land care management