Why Organic? 10 Reasons to Ditch Your Lawn and Garden Chemicals.
Some commercial fertilizers contain FIVE TIMES more nitrogen than your lawn needs. The GreenCAPE Fertilizer Table compares conventional lawn care products with organic products. Read labels on your products carefully. Notice the difference between amounts of nitrogen from a biological source and a chemical source. Commercial fertilizers adjust pesticide components as weeds and insects become resistant over time so the products listed may not be current for next year. Chemical fertilizers have the same ingredients no matter where they are sold. Your Cape Cod lawn does not have the same needs as a lawn in Alaska, or Georgia. Sandy soil drains differently than clay soil. Also, remember we live on top of our water supply and it cannot be fixed once it's compromised. The nitrogen problem that every town is discussing is very real. By giving up chemical fertilizers, we can reduce nitrogen runoff by 10% or more annually. Isn't it worth it?
Basic Alternative Product List for the Gardener. The least toxic options for your yard, garden, lake and you, compiled by GreenCAPE, includes where to find it info.
Chart of Sewage Sludge –Based/Biosolid Fertilizer Products.
Where to buy organic seed. Organic Seed Finder.
Local Organic Landscapers--our list. Let us know if we missed anyone
Organic Land Care, NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professionals. Searchable database.
Cape Cod Organic Gardeners. Our local organic group. Read the newsletter online, come to their meetings and tours, annual bulk order of organic soil amendments and seeds, etc. Meet the 1st Certified Organic Farmer on Cape Cod.
Cape Cod Safe Lawns and Landscapes.
NOFA/Mass. NOFA/Mass is the Massachusetts chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association and welcomes everyone who cares about food, where it comes from and how it is grown. It holds conferences and workshops to train and certify people in organic methods.
Hyannis Country Garden has an Organic Club; save 10% off your purchases by joining.
Matt's Organic Gardens specializes in heritage tomatoes and other organic vegetables and small fruits in season. Year round retail/ wholesale sales of organic fertilizers, soil amendments, insect & disease controls, quality compost in bulk.
36 Upper County Road, Dennisport, MA
Peaceful Valley Garden Supply. Offers books, fertilizers, seeds, tools and more for the organic consumer.
A Cost Comparison of Conventional (Chemical) Turf Management and Natural (Organic) Turf Management for School Athletic Fields. March 2010, by Charles (Chip) Osborne and Doug Wood.
Before you buy synthetic chemical lawn products:
"Of 30 commonly used lawn pesticides, 13 are probable or possible carcinogens, 14 are linked with birth defects, 18 with reproductive effects, 20 with liver or kidney damage, 18 with neurotoxicity, and 28 are sensitizers and/or irritants. Of those same 30 lawn pesticides, 17 are detected in groundwater, 23 have the ability to leach into drinking water sources, 24 are toxic to fish and other aquatic organisms vital to our ecosystem, 11 are toxic to bees, and 16 are toxic to birds." Find out more at Beyond Pesticides.org
List of Native Plants appropriate for the Cape environment
The "Living Lawn" Demonstration Project in Marblehead 1999-2000. A summary of the project and materials for sharing with other towns
Osborne Organics-a Systems Approach to Natural Turf Management™
Marblehead Organic Pest Management Policy for Turf and Landscape. A model for every town and city in the nation.