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Organic By Design

Jeff Brower Phone: 386-985-5736

President Fax:

310 Dawson Brown Rd. Website:  www.goorganicbydesign.com

DeLeon Springs FL 32130 Email: organicbydesign@earthlink.net

Service Categories: structural commercial school

landscape residential golf course

other: 

GrassWorks restores the natural balance of life and nutrition to your soil. After soil sampling and a complete soil analysis, we can balance the soil to the proper mineral, pH, and organic level for optimum growth. Then we can efficiently maintain the soil nutrition to feed the plants at optimal levels while establishing and maintaining beneficial soil microbes and earthworms. If there are existing pest problems, we eliminate those with environmentally safe organic or biological pesticides. You may chooose our monthly pest control and fertilization service or receive a year long maintenance plan where we provide the products that you apply. With either approach we will make recommendations for the best mowing, watering, pruning, fertilization, and pest control on a monthly basis. Each program in our monthly service or turn-key program is specific to your lawn and landscape based on the soil test, site evaluation, and the expectations of the property owners.

What is your definition of Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?

IIPM utilizes tools from organic, chemical, and cultural pest control disciplines. It seeks to use the lowest level of toxicity at the most efficient time of treatment based on the tolerance levels of pest populations established by the owner with the consultation of the IPM service provider. The system relies heavily on good scouting and monitoring techniques. GrassWorks takes an IPM approach but NEVER uses toxic synthetic pesticides, soil amendments, or fertilizers. If the use of organic pesticides is necessray, the least toxic and most pest-specific product is chosed. As we build the soil, pest control becomes less of an issue. Beneficial soil microbes and strong healthy plants are the best pest control available.

 

Is pest management performed on a specific schedule?

We never spray for pests based on a cookie cutter spray schedule. We do not offer chemical lawntype pest control-which only increases the problems. Our holistic approach prevents and eliminates pests. We do apply foliar nutritional sprays that include beneficial fungi, bacteria, and other organic ingredients on a regular basis for most properties. These prodcuts have the benefit of also eliminating specific pests..

How are pest problems identified?

All of the properties that we manage are inspected by a trained horticulturist on a monthly or more frequent basis.

What practices do you use to prevent and/or control pests?

Extensive site analysis to determine inital and potential problems. Soil balancing and establishing of beneficial soil microbes. Constant landscape monitoring. Encouraging and/or releasing beneficial insects. Soil aeration; proper plant selection, pruning, mowings, and watering techniques; biological mulches; maintaining optimum soil nurtition levels. As a last resort or for initial problems, the least toxic and most specific organic pesticide may be used.

 

Do you use biological controls?

Beneficial insects, compost, fungi, and bacteria.

 

Do you use borates?

No.

Do you use synthetic chemicals?

No.

What are the top 10 pesticides you use/sell/recommend?

Corn Gluten Meal, vinegar, molasses, BT, Garlic tea, garlic/hot pepper tea, Organocide, Seacide, Neem oil, Milky Spore.

If pesticides are used, how much are used per year of each?

Only organic pesticides are ever used. Application would be by back pack or power sprayer and granular or powder application. We use the least amount necessary to take care of the problem Amounts are determined on an as needed basis for each specific problem.

Does your company perform habitat modification?

Did Not Respond (DNR)

Do you use any physical or mechanical controls?

Netting for berry plants, pruning, physical weed removal, and mulches.

What type of fertilizers do you use/sell/recommend?

Specific for each property. We always start by balancing the soil according to the soil test results. For nitrogen we use protein meals. Compost.

 

What do you usually use/sell/recommend for addressing:

termites baits, barrier, referral

cockroaches contained baits

fleas cedar oil, bacteria, fungi

carpenter ants biological, orange oil.

fire ants molasses

ants (indoor) baking soda, orange oil

crabgrass Crabgrass Killer

dandelions Crabgrass Killer

How do you evaluate effectiveness of your pest management

Scouting and monitoring.

References

Peter and Mary Pernicone, Deleon Springs, FL; Andrea and MIke Cherevenak, Apopka, FL.