Last Updated on September 4, 2022 by Brian Beck
For the past 23 years we have seen the good, the bad and the ugly but more importantly we have discovered the true way to make lawns sing. For too long we tried to put up with the status quo and in the Fall of 2017 we questioned why. In a very serendipitous phone call to a local soil advocate one day I happened to have gotten the chance to speak to a guy who completely changed my view on how we should approach living things. I heard words like “sterile”, “inoculation”, and “microbes”. I had very little idea what some of the words meant but the guy who I was listening to believed very fervently in what he was talking about. We talked for over an hour and that was the primer for what we have implemented and continue to learn about. We have learned that microbiology can be our best friend and actually replaces (for the better) much of what and how we understand conventional wisdom when it comes to turf management. To sum it up lightly we are creating more work for ourselves by using synthetic fertilizers in an arid climate with inorganic soil and high water prices. By changing our mindset and our practices we can actually improve our ability to manage the lawn and actually make it far less laborious and more efficient, making it less expensive as well. In doing so we can remove the toxicity our of our home environment, lessen the amount of work and chemicals being used and make the ownership of a lawn enjoyable.