Green your yard

During summer try watering and mowing your lawn less often.
Sustainable landscape management encourages the systems created by nature: healthy soils supporting healthy plants. The foundation of an organic program requires the plants and soils to be viewed as extensions of one another, existing in a perfect symbiotic relationship. This holistic, "bottom up" focus contrasts with the conventional maintenance mindset of treating specific plant health conditions from the "top down" through the application of synthetic chemicals.

The early phase of our transition efforts focused on reducing or eliminating the use of all inorganic fertilizers, chemical pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides, and significantly reducing the use of organic nitrogen fertilizers in our maintenance programs. Our experience has convinced us that chemicals and synthetics can be systematically eliminated and replaced by programmed encouragement of the natural cycles of support.

Understanding all environmental conditions within a landscape, including public use patterns as well aesthetic expectations is vital to creating a successful maintenance program. As you'll see, our programs are continuously adjusted to meet the needs of Harvard's various landscape systems.

Our Organic Landscaping Program consists of seven primary components:

  1. Organic Soils Management - Restoring the natural nutrient cycle
  2. Soil Testing - The basis of a programmed approach
  3. Composting - Feedstock, Tea Brews & Application
  4. Pest and Disease Control - Non-toxic methods
  5. Irrigation - Water conservation & management
  6. Proper Planting & Pruning Techniques
  7. Plant Selection and Placement