Author: Ian A. Harrington

Compost Tea: Why It Works

At HowtoOrganics.com, we’re passionate about sustainable lawn care solutions. Organic lawn care isn’t just better for our planet—it’s also better for your lawn and your wallet. Organic lawn care methods are better for your lawn than chemicalized lawn care products. Today we’ll be exploring why this is true. Regular readers know that HowToOrganis.com is in […]

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Is Your Lawn Killing the World’s Bees?

Have you seen the headlines? A shocking 44% of the nation’s honeybee colonies have collapsed over the past year. This environmental and agricultural catastrophe has been given an apt name: colony collapse disorder. For years scientists were baffled by this trend. Why would bees abandon their hives? Where are they disappearing to? But now the […]

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Compost Tea: How it Works

This is an exciting few months here at HowToOrganics.com. We’re exploring the efficacy and practice of using compost tea. If you’re just joining us now, this is the second article in a series of four. Check out our first article here, which answers the question, “What exactly is compost tea anyway?” (Hint: it’s essentially a […]

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What is Compost Tea?

During these next few months at HowToOrganics.com we’re celebrating one of the most effective organic turf care methods out there: compost tea. This useful tool is a supplement to traditional composting, and is due for some facetime. We’ll be writing and publishing a series of four articles this month about the use and efficacy of […]

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Soil Testing: Why it’s Important and How to Do it

A plant can only be as healthy as the soil it sits in. This old agricultural adage underlies how critical it is to maintain healthy soil. Whether you’re trying to grow turf, a vegetable garden, or trees and other foliage, the soil will be a deciding factor in your success. Each plant has a unique […]

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Chemical Fertilizers Destroy our Water and Marine Life

Each year in the United States, 11 million tons of NPK chemical fertilizers are spread on lawns for the sake of aesthetics. But that bright green lawn has consequences. More and more, scientists are asking if those beautiful lawns are worth the pollution of our precious waterways (especially when organic turfcare methods are cost-effective and […]

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Case Study: Hybrid Lawn Overlooking Applebrook Golf Course

A residential lot near the Applebrook Golf Course in Malvern, PA has experienced what so many new builders experience: the unintentional exhaustion of the topsoil. When Organixx, an organic lawn care company based out of Philadelphia, arrived, they found the topsoil on this 1 acre lot was only 2 inches deep in places. (For comparison, […]

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Introducing HowToOrganics.com

Every Earth Day, countries around the world demonstrate their support for sustainable solutions to climate change. With Earth Day 2016 fast approaching, the need for real action to protect our environment is more present than ever. The New York Times reports that two thirds of Americans want the United States to join an international movement […]

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INTERVIEW: Organic Golf Course Turf Expert Skip Wade

This is an interview with Skip Wade, a national leader in transitioning to organic turf and an organic golf course superintendent. Q. Where did this vision for an organically maintained golf course come from? A. As a golf course superintendent I was always looking for ways to make my course look better than the competition’s. […]

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Case Study: Urban Organic Lawn Care at Lincoln Center

It is not often that people think of beautiful lush lawns in the middle of New York City – let alone on a green roof that is in the middle of one of its most visited sites. The elevated lawn at Lincoln Center is just that: A beautiful section of vibrant turf grass built on […]

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