We live in a society of ever-present chemical cocktails that have long-term consequences. Should we not re-evaluate our lifestyles? I believe we should. I, therefore, choose to encourage organic management of all the sites I am involved with.
Developing systems that work with rather than against nature is the key, whether it’s a small suburban garden or a country estate. Choosing plants that will encourage pollinators, birds and beneficial insects is important, but striking that balance between predator and pest is paramount. Using species and cultivars of certain plants that are resistant to pest and diseases is also an important factor.
Over-tidy gardens are not nature-friendly gardens and can often lead to diseases. Habitat piles give cover to the hedgehogs, toads and frogs that are invaluable for slug control.
I can advise on a range of Soil Association-certified and other certified organic composts, fertilisers, pest and disease controls, including biostimulants. Biostimulants act systemically on the plant, building immunity to pest and disease problems while improving plant vigour and overall health. These are used increasingly in the organic and conventional commercial growing sectors.
Lawns can be maintained organically with regular scarifying, aerating, top dressing and seeding … yes, hard work!
But why bother with monoculture lawns? More diverse lawns that support a range of species can be harder wearing, easier to maintain and, frankly, better looking. Why not consider a more plant-diverse lawn? The bees, butterflies and birds will thank you. and, surrounded by such rich wildlife, your enjoyment will be enhanced, too.