We have both Do-it-Yourself products as well as full service applications and will accommodate whatever degree of service works for you.
Our general coverage area for service is from Green Bay to Fond du Lac. We will explore expansion option depending on demand.
If we do not currently reach your area please don’t give up. We will work with you in any way we can to help you better understand the organic approach, enabling you to get started on your own. The longer a soil is under chemical control the longer it takes for that soil to be self sustaining. The sooner you start organics the better and doing something is always better than doing nothing.
A word about compost teas. Backyard Organics is a firm believer in the benefits in using compost and compost teas and would enjoy having a detailed conversation with you regarding all of its benefits, however, in the meantime, here is what the experts in the industry have to say about compost teas.
Comprehensive soil testing forms the basis of any successful organic maintenance program. To fully understand your soil conditions three tests (Biological, Chemical and Textural) would be recommended, however, completing all three tests is typically not economically feasible for the typical home owner.
A Backyard Organics™ representative will visit your site make notes regarding, square feet of treatable area (turf, gardens, trees & shrubs), soil compaction, turf density, thatch, disease/pest indicators, weed presence, and general lawn condition. If the homeowner is available, we would also like to know if you have an irrigation system, invisible dog fence, if you have treated your lawn in the past with chemicals and any other concerns you may have as a home owner.
Applications – General Process
Backyard Organics™ uses our own BYOtea™ formular with different variations depending on the season. The formulas used are based on trial and error studies and experiences taken in part from Universities/education facilities, organic farmers and organic land care professionals throughout the world and have been adjusted to accommodate our soil types found in this part of the state.
Spring Applications –
Corn Gluten Meal
When to Apply: Prior to the ground turning 50 degrees Fahrenheit. 2 – 3 weeks prior to germination of targeted weed (typically April early May or when the forsythia and daffodils begin to bloom).
long term food source with additional organic matter, also works to improve overall base saturation percentages.
Mid Spring Application – BYOtea™ w/additives
When to Apply: When grass “greens” up (typically April – May).
Product Description: Early spring is the time to focus on feeding beneficial bacteria and promoting high concentrations of naturally occurring Nitrogen which will “jump start” the growing season.
A homogeneously blended, pelleted compost product comprised of high quality earthworm castings, leonardite and humates.
Summer Application #1 – BYOtea™ w/additives
When to Apply: May-June
Product Description: Primary goal of summer applications is to feed and maintain the soil and improve plant structure.
Summer Application #2 – BYOtea™ w/additives
When to Apply: June-July
Product Description: Primary goal of summer applications is to feed and maintain the soil and improve plant structure
Early Fall Application – BYOtea™ w/additives
When to Apply: August – September
Product Description: Early Fall is the time to focus on root structure, breaking down dead plant material and adding organic matter in preparation for the winter months.
Winter Application – Dry and wet applications
When to Apply: October – November
Product Description: Elixir for heavy clay soils also provides 22% calcium which improves soil structure and drainage and also acts as a fertilizer.
Winter formula – BYOtea™
When to Apply: October – November
Product Description: Winter is the time we focus on long term fungal microorganisms and fungal foods which act as an energy source during the winter months and the start to the following spring season
“Weeds” are not an indication of a healthy soil. There are beneficial “weeds” such as clover, which naturally add nitrogen to the soil, however most are a symptom to an issue. Backyard Organic’s goal is to root cause the issue rather than continuously deal with symptoms.
This service may include total eradication, spot weeding, pre-emergent control, soil modification, over-seeding, and proper mowing techniques. No lawn care plan (chemical or organic) can permanently eliminate weeds. We will, however, provide you with a safe, earth-friendly means of controlling them. Backyard Organics™ does not provide chemical treatments however, if necessary, we will coordinate the efforts needed with a lawn care professional that uses synthetic products for weed control.
Top Dressing with Organic Matter/Compost
Ideal soils have a minimum of 5% organic matter, a small percentage but a critical component to a sustainable soil. Top dressing with compost is the quickest way to add organic matter to a deficient soil. We recommend a top dressing application of 1/4″ of compost with grass cut to 2 inches.
Backyard Organics top dresses with only premium compost and/or top rated granulated worm casting compost
Backyard Organics using one of the best commercial grade aerators on the market which allows air and moisture to penetrate to the roots. Some would say the most important step in producing a healthy lawn.
All grasses have a life cycle and replenishing the “old” with the “new” is a great way to choke out weed growth. Backyard Organics uses a proprietary blend of grasses along with Mycorrhizae fungi, that can handle soils and conditions of all type. We recommend over-seeding with aeration however its not absolutely necessary.
Over-seeding with Mycorrhizae Fungi
Mycorrhizae fungi encourage disease resistance, water retention, and overall plant vigor which would help expedite the growing process. We combine the benefits of Mycorrhizae with our proprietary seed blend for outstanding for fast and effective results.
Garden (Flower & Vegetable) Service
Aerated compost teas are the latest in scientific organic research today. In many ways, aerated teas offer greater immediate benefits than classic compost, manure, or other homemade foliar teas. The bottom line here for gardeners is that if you do not have enough compost to apply to your yard and garden to increase the beneficial microorganisms, use compost tea. This will quickly get their numbers up to levels that will provide all the help you need in getting rich, vigorous plant growth. Our Teas provide a balance between fungal and bacterial microbes, the nutrients to feed the biology and the necessary predators to jump start your garden. Then your job is to plant and harvest healthy, vigorous flowers and vegetables. We recommend at least 2 garden applications per year (early spring and fall).
Tree & Shrub Service
Deep Root Fertilization
In nature, trees and shrubs are fed through the decomposition of forest litter. This benefit is not provided by the home landscape. Our deep root fertilization provides a needed feeding with nutrients and organic soil conditioners, keeping plants healthy and helping them to resist disease.
Soil Soak Fertilization
As a soil drench, BYOtea™ develops a biological barrier around roots to prevent root disease-causing organisms from being able to find the roots. The tea also provides nutrients for the roots to improve plant growth and improves nutrient and moisture retention.
The availability of essential nutrients from the soil may be limited by root uptake. Factors affecting nutrient uptake are soil temperature, soil moisture, nutrient imbalances and general energy deficiencies. Foliar feeding can help maintain the nutrient balance within the plant, while this imbalance may continue to occur with soil nutrient uptake.
Pest & Disease Control
How Does Compost Provide an Alternative to Pesticides and Fertilizers?
Good quality compost tea and compost is the cornerstone of organic gardening and landscaping. The simple
truth is that healthy, vigorous plants resist pests and diseases. The best way to raise healthy plants
is to have healthy soil, and the best way to have healthy soil is to use compost teas and compost.
• Aerating to reduce plant stress
• Monitoring moisture because inadequate moisture levels can weaken plants and make them susceptible to pest problems.
• Compost teas have been shown to suppress powdery mildew.
• Manually removing infected tree and shrub branches.