Natural Controls

Controlling insect damage on lawns can be accomplished by using biological, biorational controls (derived from items in nature) or synthetic pesticides (man-made). At NaturaLawn of America, we prefer to use a biological or biorational approach when the option is available. Biological controls are "living" materials that can attack and limit damaging turf insects. Some examples of biological controls are Milky Spore, Nematodes and BT (Bacillus Thuringiensis).

Biorational controls are non-living materials that are not manmade synthetic chemical pesticides. Biorationals can affect insects in one of three ways:

  • Deter them from feeding on the turf because they make the grass taste bad.
  • Prevent the insect from maturing by disrupting the "molting" phase.
  • Can outright kill the pest if ingested by some insects.

Some examples of biorational controls are NEEM (oil extract), pyrethrum (extract from chrysanthemums) and insecticidal soaps (derived from fatty acids).

Synthetic Controls

Synthetic controls are those insect chemical controls that are manmade pesticides. Synthetic insect controls tend to have harmful effects on beneficial insects as well as turf-damaging insects. As such, if NaturaLawn of America uses these materials, applications are done sparingly and in affected areas only.

Making the Choice

Whether one chooses to use a biological, biorational or a synthetic material to control or reduce insect populations, it should be understood that all are considered pesticides. As such, any choice can be abused and the use of any material should be well thought out as to:

  • Is there really a need?
  • What are the options?
  • Which will cause the least negative environmental impact and still control the pest, yet be cost effective?

NaturaLawn of America's Philosophy

We prefer natural controls (biological/biorational) over synthetic pesticides and will continue to explore newer products along these lines. Natural controls generally:

  • Are more environmentally friendly by being "pest specific."
  • Do not last long and break down readily into the ecosystem.
  • Are more expensive than synthetic insecticides.
  • Are more difficult to incorporate into a lawn care system due to certain limitations in the way they must be applied and when they need to be applied to be effective.

While traditional lawn care attempts to make a case for use of synthetic types over natural controls, our agronomic and operational philosophy mandates that natural controls take precedence over the synthetic controls whenever and wherever possible.

As stewards of the environment, we have a responsibility and accountability for ourselves and future generations.

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Testimonials

Our lawn looks fantastic! Please continue the no-chemicals approach for my lawn! Thanks!

Julie Hepburn – Leawood, KS

This is our second year with NaturaLawn of America and I can’t say how much we appreciate your work. The yard is awesome!

Don Strei – Elk River, MN

Our lawn looks great! Better than it ever has! Good Work!

Eddie Reed – Shawnee, KS

Thanks for helping me transform an “ugly duckling “into a “swan”.  You deserve the “Best in Yard Improvement Award!

Gail Meador – Glen Allen, VA

We have been very pleased with NaturaLawn of America.  The service is prompt and friendly.  The results have been gratifying.  Our lawn looks lush and green and we have received many compliments.  I highly recommend the service.  And of course, it’s organic-based!

George Reed – Newton, CT

I’m just dropping you a note to let you know that we are very pleased with your lawn service, the way we are treated and the beautification of our lawn.  Many families have seen our lawn and are very impressed by the way it looks.  They are even more impressed that you are an organic-based company and use 85% less chemicals and pesticides.  We have referred many of our friends and neighbors and will continue to refer people as the opportunity arises.

Jack & Sherrie Decker – Plainview, MN

My lawn is beautiful.  It has never looked this good.  It looks like lush green velvet.  We only had one dandelion this spring and it was on the edge of our property, so it must have been the neighbor’s!

Jennifer L. Lloyd – Bear, DE

A walk around my yard compels me to set aside time to tell you how pleased I am with the condition and appearance of my lawn.  I have heard for years that one could not establish a decent lawn in Richmond without devoting a tremendous amount of time, energy and money to getting it done.  I took that as a challenge.  Despite my best efforts, including a fair run with another lawn care service, the results were disappointing.  I began to believe that story.
 
My experience with NaturaLawn of America, however, belies that lore.  Since I started with you last year, the improvement has been miraculous.  My lawn is thick, green, nearly devoid of weeds and growing in spots it never grew before.  It’s the best looking lawn in the neighborhood! In addition, with two indoor/outdoor pets, my wife and I have far fewer concerns about health risks for them because of your system!

Joe Sullivan – Richmond, VA

I just want to thank you for all the years of guidance and wonderful service that you provided to us.  As first-time homebuyers, we were unaware of the constant maintenance a lawn requires.  We have been using your service since 1997 and our lawn went from dirt to a plush velvet yard.  We have received many compliments on our wonderful yard – thanks to the service you provided year after year.  We have and will always continue to recommend you to others.

Michele Sawyer – Richmond, VA

Our yard was in terrible shape when we bought our home.  Being first-time homeowners, we were unsure how to tackle the daunting task of improving our yard.  We contacted NaturaLawn of America for assistance.  Within a week, they were at our home beginning the process of turning our yard around.  After 2 weeks we saw significant improvement.  We are extremely happy and couldn’t be more pleased with the service and dedication that NaturaLawn of America has shown in turning our yard around.  We would recommend them to anyone!

Brian Cleland – Belleville, IL

Our lawn is beautiful.  Thank you for the great results AND for protecting my family and the environment from unnecessary chemicals and pesticides.  It’s nice to have a lawn care company that is concerned about my lawn, my family and the environment.  When people are looking for a healthy, nice lawn, friendly service AND a safer lawn care option, I highly recommend they call NaturaLawn of America.

Pete Plimmer – Wilmington, DE

The family who built our three-year old house was unsuccessful in two attempts to seed a lawn.  Our grass was in terrible shape; but as a mother and pet owner, I was unwilling to load it up with nasty chemicals.  Instead, I called NaturaLawn of America.  We now have a beautiful healthy lawn that I can feel good about.  And my husband touts our “organic” lawn to anyone who will lend and ear.

Susan Horne – Aurora, OH

For over 22 years, NaturaLawn of America has been creating naturally beautiful lawns that are safer for you, your family, pets and the environment.  Of course our satisfied customers say its best!
 
In less than a year, my lawn has gone from one of the worst on the block to among the best.  This is quite an accomplishment considering we have well water and, therefore, never water the lawn.  The  service is also top notch – friendly, knowledgeable and always willing to explain why they’re doing what they’re doing.

Stewart Kaufman – Southbury, CT

NaturaLawn of America has cared for my lawns now for 10 years (2 houses) and I am completely satisfied with your company.  My service technician is friendly, caring and knowledgeable.  I’m happy with the results, how you care for my lawn and the prices you charge – happy enough that I recommend you to others and I tear up ads from competitors without even reading them.
 
My husband and I are currently acquiring a house in New Hampshire.  There is no question that I will want NaturaLawn of America service at that house.  It is a true pleasure to work with a “national” company that treats their customers in a local business manner.

Anne Bullitt – Newark, DE

You are doing a great job! We are glad we switched to NaturaLawn of America and are spreading the word about the super job you do.

Steve Pfannenstein – Rockville, MN

I wanted to write and let you know how pleased I am with NaturaLawn of America.  I had never used a lawn service before.  I’m against putting more chemicals into the environment, so I decided to see what you could do organically.  My lawn was 1 ½ years old – builder grade seed on builder soil! It was a lawn in need of some help, but I didn’t know how wonderful it could look.
 
Two days ago, my neighbor (who used one of the top chemical lawn companies) sounded a little baffled and asked what I do to my lawn – It looks like a carpet!  We just smiled and said “NaturaLawn of America”.  That’s when I took a good look at my lawn and everyone else’s - our lawn is thick and green.  Despite the recent drought, despite our lack of attention to our lawn, and despite its humble beginnings, it is a magnificent piece of work.

Paul & Doris Pavlichek – Mount Airy, MD