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Frequently Asked Questions
What happens if I notice a presence of disease or insects?
What can I do if I live in a condo?
Does an organic program use the same amount of fertilizer as a conventional program?
What is aerated compost tea?
How does your organic program differ from a conventional program?
How does your organic program differ from another?
Is an organic program really safer for the environment?
Is an organic program more expensive than a conventional program?
 

What happens if I notice a presence of disease or insects?
An evaluation will determine if there is a stressor that can be corrected, if the damage is at an acceptable level or to allow the problem to correct itself in its own time. In a healthy well balanced ecosystem, beneficial insects will help eradicate problematic pests. If allowing the system to follow its natural process is not an option, the first step is a mild organic method of control. Remember that just because you utilize an organic treatment does not necessarily mean it is safe. These treatments are still meant to be used with precautions. Conventional programs typically schedule consistent treatments whether or not there is a current concern/need. Our integrated pest management treatments are kept to an as needed basis only.

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What can I do if I live in a condo?
Living in a smaller space causes you to think 'outside of the box' and if you are reading this, you are already thinking outside of the box. On a residential level, you could have a green wall installed inside your home (a kitchen green wall box with herbs for cooking perhaps) or outside on your lanai as a living piece of art. On an association level, with the more awareness and education that can be passed along throughout the community, it will be easier for the board to select safer maintenance programs. In this way HOA's and condo associations can multiply the benefits of a whole systems approach creating a greater positive impact in their communities with the reduction of chemical inputs.

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Does an organic program use the same amount of fertilizer as a conventional program?
No it does not. As the soil biology improves with a consistent organic program the beneficial microbes in your soil will increase nutrient cycling. This cycling reduces the leaching or loss of nutrients, retaining them in the biological cycle, thus requiring less and less fertilizer as your soil health strengthens.

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What is aerated compost tea?
Actively Aerated Compost Tea is a living liquid concentrate containing high amounts of beneficial microorganisms derived from organic materials. These organisms are freshly brewed with a combination of foods in a highly aerobic environment. This will add life to your soil ecosystem and inoculate plant leaf surfaces with protective beneficial organisms. Compost tea helps build soil health increasing its associated benefits to the plants within it.

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How does your organic program differ from a conventional program?
There are several differences. A conventional program treats grasses and plants the same from one yard to another using a 'one size fits all' approach. Our organic program is based on a whole systems approach and is customized to fit each client's variety of plants and soil biology. For example, one lawn can greatly vary from the lawn next door due to the amount of prior chemical use and its soil health. Biology plays a major role in our organic program and therefore much less fertilizer is used and will continue to decrease over time. In some cases fertilizers may be eliminated as the microorganisms in your soil increase and only the foods to sustain those organisms are applied.

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How does your organic program differ from another?
We recognize that providing an organic program is not just simply using organically sourced nutrients and products. Utilization of the whole systems approach to correcting existing and potential problems is imperative to all of our services. Along with this approach we focus on the biological aspect in your soil as we monitor your transition over to our organic system.

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Is an organic program really safer for the environment?
Yes, if an organic program is performed properly there is much less impact placed on the environment. Keep in mind that organic nutrients like synthetic nutrients still can place negative environmental impacts if not applied using best management practices. With regards to the many safer alternatives that can be used as pest management, organically sourced pesticides are not as disruptive to the environment because they break down more quickly than a conventional chemical treatment.

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Is an organic program more expensive than a conventional program?
Dependent upon the plant material that is present, the amount of prior chemical use and the overall landscape design, an organic program can have more upfront costs. In time as the system begins to function more naturally, the costs will be less than a conventional program. The ultimate goal of our organic program is for your property to become sustainable. A property that is brought into balance with the whole systems approach is less susceptible to stressors thereby reducing the need for future maintenance treatments, their associated costs and their potentially harmful inputs into the environment. When you weigh in the expense of your family's health and wellbeing, choosing our organic program could account for dramatic savings.

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