Using organic materials alone can prove quite cost prohibitive but hybrid programs are among the most cost-effective options out there for individuals wanting to introduce an organic element into their lawn care routine
Plainfield, IL (PRWEB) June 4, 2009
Whether one drives a hybrid car, buys locally-grown produce or simply separates their recyclables from the rest of their garbage, going green is on everyone's mind. When dealing with lawn care and landscaping, that mentality has held true in a different way over the years as homeowners work to achieve a great looking lawns. As the green revolution continues to pick up steam, however, homeowners are reevaluating their past lawn care methods and opting to pursue more eco-friendly avenues. The number of organic products available is increasing every year but one has to wonder how they stack up to traditional methods.
One hundred-percent organic lawn care programs take a more holistic approach by using only products derived from natural sources and minerals to feed the soil. While this is a green approach, it can take much longer to produce results. This is where many consumers find themselves at a crossroads -- they want to go green but they also want rapid results -- which is why many have turned to hybrid programs which combine natural organic materials and synthetic chemicals. As the demand for greener practices continues to grow, lawn care providers like Plainfield, Ill.-based Spring-Green Lawn Care are offering organic-based hybrid programs to their clients with more regularity.
"If our clients want organic care for their lawn, we're going to provide it to them in the most effective way possible and our Organic Alternative® option is the perfect blend of what our clients want as well as need," said Harold Enger, Spring-Green's director of education. "By using traditional lawn care methods as well as organic-based materials, our clients get the results they have grown accustomed to from Spring-Green." Enger says only about 5 percent of customers currently use Organic Alternative but that number is increasing slowly but surely.
Since organic products alone can take longer to produce results, hybrid methods like Spring-Green's expedite the greening process. Not long after the first application, soil structure will show a marked improvement as the organic amendments promote microbial activity, increase root growth and build drought resistance to reduce a lawn's susceptibility to disease. And for issues like weeds, hybrid programs spot-treat the individual plants instead of spraying the entire lawn.
"Using organic materials alone can prove quite cost prohibitive but hybrid programs are among the most cost-effective options out there for individuals wanting to introduce an organic element into their lawn care routine," said Enger. "If a client wants peace of mind as well as measurable results, this method is definitely the way to attain both."
About Spring-Green Lawn Care
Founded in 1977, Plainfield, Illinois-based Spring-Green Lawn Care has been delivering organic and traditional lawn and tree care services for 32 years. Spring-Green is one of the founding members of the Professional Lawn Care Association of America (PLCAA) and a partner of GreenCare For Troops, a program that provides free lawn and landscape services to military families nationwide. Spring-Green currently has nearly 120 franchises operating in 25 states and projections call for 12 new franchises in 2009. For more information, visit Spring-Green.com.
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