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Basics of Organic Land Care

Organic Land Care develops an attractive, safe, and useful landscape, using appropriate methods and materials chosen to respect the natural ecology of the land and the long-term health of the environment. No synthetic pesticides or synthetic fertilizers are used.

What Is Natural Organic Fertilizer?
Natural organic fertilizers are made from composted manure, mineral, or plant products. If it doesn't sound like an animal, vegetable, or mineral, it probably isn't organic. Read the label!

What Are the Benefits of Organic Fertilizer?
The benefits of natural organic fertilizers are that they feed the beneficial soil microorganisms, break down slowly, and provide micro-nutrients. Organic fertilizers are also less likely to run off your lawn when it rains than synthetic fertilizers. Nutrient runoff from lawns and farms creates nitrogen and phosphorus-polluted “dead zones” in our streams, rivers and oceans.

Promote “PESTICIDE-FREE”

Show your neighbors that pesticide-free lawns are important for the health of children, families, pets, the environment and the community. Display an attractive “Pesticide-Free Zone” sign: www.beyondpesticides.org/pesticidefreelawns/pfzsign/index.htm

Warnings

Recently Banned Pesticides: The EPA has determined that products containing Chlorpyrifos (Dursban™, Lorsban™) or Diazinon, pose unacceptable health risks.

Sewage Sludge in Fertilizer : Sewage sludge-based organic fertilizer, such as Milorganite, Oceangro, Allgro, and Meadowlife, may contain elevated concentrations of metals and other potentially toxic materials. Metal levels in sewage sludge-based fertilizers are generally higher than metal levels in animal and plant-based organic fertilizers . Read product labels to find animal and vegetable based organic fertilizers.

Pesticide in Compost: Do not compost grass clippings treated with herbicides, and be aware that commercially available compost is likely to contain pesticides.

Chemical Hazards

Organic Pest Control for Gardens

Other Resources and Organizations

Reporting Pesticide Abuse

If you see anyone dumping pesticides or applying them in an inappropriate way, please call the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection at 1-877-927-6337 (1-877-WARNDEP)

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