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Traditional vs. Organic vs. Hybrid: Which Is Best?

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 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 programs take a more holistic approach to lawn care 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 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. Our organic-based fertlizer option is the perfect blend of what our clients want and need,” said Harold Enger, Spring-Green’s director of education.

By using traditional lawn care method, 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-based fertilizer, 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 to be 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.”

Learn more about Spring-Green’s organic-based lawn care program.

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