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Organic Plant Care
What is organic lawn care?

In order to answer this question, we must first define "what is organic" and what constitutes lawn care.

When organic lawn care companies or people talk about organic lawn care, they are referring to a lawn care fertilization program. We know there are choices in organic fertilizers, but there are very few organic choices in weed and insect control.

What do the terms "natural" and "organic" mean in terms of lawn care products?

There are no universally accepted definitions, but the commonly accepted definitions are:

Natural. A product derived from animal/biological, mineral, or plant sources, in a form substantially as it occurs in nature. The materials may be altered or manipulated to put them in a physical form that allows them to be efficiently used in the application process by homeowners or service providers.

Organic. Technically, any substance containing carbon is organic. Both naturally occurring and manmade products may be organic. The common misconception that "organic" and "natural" have the same meaning may cause nontechnical consumers to believe that a manmade organic material is natural when it is not.

Natural-based. This term is generally used to describe a mixture of materials that includes some materials that may be properly described as natural. The portion that is natural is frequently undefined. The other portion may be manmade pesticides or fertilizers.

Organic-based. This term is generally used to describe a mixture of materials that includes some organic materials. The portion of the product that is both organic and natural is frequently undefined. The other portion may be manmade pesticides or fertilizers.

(above information gathered from www.csilandscaping.com)

Dave Shetlar, O.S.U. Extension head Entomologist likes to warn homeowners that any lawn or landscape product that is considered 'chemical' has to be EPA tested for safety and labeling, sometimes for years to get 100% approval for safety. The materials marked natural and/or organic are not subject to EPA

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