Organic Management for the Professional: The Natural Way for Landscape Architects and Contractors, Commercial Growers, Golf Course Managers, Park Administrators, Turf Managers, and Other Stewards of the Land [NOOK Book]

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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 andNationally acclaimed organic gardening expert Howard Garrett offers detailed, proven instructions for designing and managing large-scale landscapes organically. environmentally. It promotes healthy soils and plants, which require less water and sequester more carbon-a ...
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Organic Management for the Professional: The Natural Way for Landscape Architects and Contractors, Commercial Growers, Golf Course Managers, Park Administrators, Turf Managers, and Other Stewards of the Land

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Overview

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 andNationally acclaimed organic gardening expert Howard Garrett offers detailed, proven instructions for designing and managing large-scale landscapes organically. 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292742710
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 5/10/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

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 Houston-based composting, mulch, and recycling company that specializes in high quality compost, mulch, and soil mixes.

Mike Amaranthus is adjunct associate professor at Oregon State University and president of Mycorrhizal Applications, Inc.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter 1: Introduction to Organics
Reasons to Go Organic
Converting to the Natural Organic Program
Chapter 2: Soil Building
Basic Soil Science
Soil Biology
Soil Texture
Nutrients
Soil Testing
Soil Amendments
Chapter 3: Planting
Basic Bed Preparation
Seed Planting
Cuttings
Transplants
Tree Planting
Potting Soil
Chapter 4: Fertilizing
How Organic Fertilizers Work
Foliar Feeding
Product Information
Refractometer
Chapter 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 Plants
Chapter 6: Compost
Why Compost?
Compost Types and Methods
Compostable Materials
Composting Process
Warning Signs in Compost
Vermicomposting
Using Compost
Compost Tea
Chapter 7: Mulch
Mulch Types
Mulch Uses and Applications
Pitfalls of Mulching
The Science of Mulch
The Mulch Business
Mulches Not Recommended
Chapter 8: Landscaping
Landscaping Elements
Landscaping Specifications
Chapter 9: Commercial Growing Operations and Recreational Properties
Commercial Growing Operations
Recreational Properties
Chapter 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
Conclusions

Appendix 1: Organic Treatment Formulas
Appendix 2: Sources for Organic Supplies
Appendix 3: Soil-Testing Resources
Appendix 4: Conversion Tables
Information Resources
Index

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