Organic Management for the Professional: The Natural Way for Landscape Architects and Contractors…

Hardcover | April 1, 2012

byHoward Garrett, John Ferguson, Mike Amaranthus

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Can you manage the landscape of a golf course, city park, or corporate campus without synthetic fertilizers and toxic pesticides? Absolutely! Organic landscaping is not only possible on a large scale, but it also makes sense both economically and environmentally. It promotes healthy soils and plants, which require less water and sequester more carbon—a winning combination for both your bottom line and the planet’s fight against resource depletion and global warming. Organic programs on a commercial scale have enormous potential to make a difference in the quality of our environment, our use of fuels, and our climate. And as those who have already converted to organics have discovered, they also cost a lot less over the long term.

Organic Management for the Professional is the first comprehensive guide to “going green” in large-scale landscaping. Nationally recognized organic gardening expert Howard Garrett, with associates John Ferguson and Mike Amaranthus, not only explains in detail how to manage projects with natural organic techniques, but also presents the material in clear, simple terms so that commercial and institutional property owners can understand what to ask of their landscape architects, contractors, growers, and maintenance people. They give detailed, proven instructions for the key components of organic landscaping—soil building, correct planting techniques, fertilizing, pest control, compost, and mulch. Then they show how to apply these organic methods in large-scale landscaping, commercial growing (orchards, tree farms, nurseries, and greenhouse operations), and recreational properties (golf courses, parks, and sports fields).

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Can you manage the landscape of a golf course, city park, or corporate campus without synthetic fertilizers and toxic pesticides? Absolutely! Organic landscaping is not only possible on a large scale, but it also makes sense both economically and environmentally. It promotes healthy soils and plants, which require less water and seques...

Howard Garrett, is a landscape architect, certified arborist, broadcaster, writer, and a leader in the natural-organic marketplace. He provides consulting on natural-organic gardening, landscaping, pet health, pest control, and green living.John Ferguson founded and owns Natural Waste Solutions, Inc., dba Nature’s Way Resources, a Hous...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.3 × 6.35 × 1.03 inPublished:April 1, 2012Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292729219

ISBN - 13:9780292729216

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Table of Contents

PrefaceChapter 1: Introduction to Organics Reasons to Go Organic Converting to the Natural Organic ProgramChapter 2: Soil Building Basic Soil Science Soil Biology Soil Texture Nutrients Soil Testing Soil AmendmentsChapter 3: Planting Basic Bed Preparation Seed Planting Cuttings Transplants Tree Planting Potting SoilChapter 4: Fertilizing How Organic Fertilizers Work Foliar Feeding Product Information RefractometerChapter 5: Pest and Disease Control The Real Purpose of Toxic Chemical Pesticides Pests and Their Organic Remedies Insect Pests Structural Pest Control Honeybees and Other Pollinators Diseases Weeds: The Disliked PlantsChapter 6: Compost Why Compost? Compost Types and Methods Compostable Materials Composting Process Warning Signs in Compost Vermicomposting Using Compost Compost TeaChapter 7: Mulch Mulch Types Mulch Uses and Applications Pitfalls of Mulching The Science of Mulch The Mulch Business Mulches Not RecommendedChapter 8: Landscaping Landscaping Elements Landscaping SpecificationsChapter 9: Commercial Growing Operations and Recreational Properties Commercial Growing Operations Recreational PropertiesChapter 10: Organic Strategies and Global Climate Change Global Warming by the Numbers Organic Methods Make a Difference The Link to Soil Life Carbon-rich Organic Glue Organic Material, Organic Matter, and Soil Carbon Squashing the Symbiosis Managing Trees in Landscapes as Carbon Sinks Landscape and Turf Management ConclusionsAppendix 1: Organic Treatment FormulasAppendix 2: Sources for Organic SuppliesAppendix 3: Soil-Testing ResourcesAppendix 4: Conversion TablesInformation ResourcesIndex