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Eco-Lectric is making a positive difference in the lawn care industry. We use electric equipment and organic products to offer a professional service at a quality price, so you can afford to "Go Green."

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Phone: (941)-755-5703

Email: info@eco-lectric.com

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Eco-Lectric is making a positive difference in the lawn care industry. We use electric equipment and organic products to offer a professional service at a quality price, so you can afford to "Go Green."

Go Green with Eco-Lectric

Contact us today!

Phone: (941)-755-5703

Email: info@eco-lectric.com

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Here’s how to avoid overwatering:

Sure signs. Before watering your plants, look for signs of wilt or if leaves curl. Your lawn needs water when the grass blades fold in, or you can see your footprints when you walk on it.

Get some sense. Place an inexpensive rain gauge in an open area so you can tell you how much rain your yard received, then supplement only if needed. Installing a moisture sensor will also help you know what’s happening at the root level where moisture is most important.

Supervise your sprinklers. If you have an in-ground irrigation system, make sure none of your sprinklers heads are broken. Check on the sprinklers to make sure you’re not accidentally watering the sidewalk or driveway. Keep water restrictions in mind when you set your timer and irrigate early in the morning so the water doesn’t evaporate in the heat of the day. Install a rain sensor if your system doesn’t have one already. Make sure the sensor is pointed up so it can detect when it has rained and prevent your system from coming on.

Indulge. When you do water, give your landscape a good, long drink (one-half to three-quarters inch per application). Your plant and grass roots will grow deeper and stronger than they would if you used less water more frequently. Healthier plants with deep roots need far less water and are much more resistant to disease and pests.

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We would like to welcome our newest employee, Blake! He has been working with us for the last month as our new Property Manager and doing a great job! Blake is a new resident to Florida, and was born and raised in Arlington, Texas. He attended Baylor University, and has always had a passion for the outdoors.

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I know what you’re thinking… Fertilizer is essentially just poop that feeds our plants and our lawns. What’s the big deal whether it is synthetic or organic? Well, we discovered that it really does matter whether you use synthetic or organic fertilizer!

First, let’s explain the basic difference between the two types of fertilizers. Both organic and inorganic fertilizers provide plants with the nutrients needed to grow healthy and strong. However, each contains different ingredients and supplies these nutrients in different ways. Organic fertilizers work over time to create a healthy growing environment, while inorganic fertilizers provide rapid nutrition.

At the most basic level, organic fertilizer simply means a fertilizer is derived from organic matter (plants or animals), such as compost, bone meal, kelp, or manure. Inorganic fertilizers, such as ammonium sulfate or ammonium phosphate, are often called commercial or synthetic fertilizers, because they go through some manufacturing process. Chemical fertilizers are often processed from things like petroleum, or some of the gasses that are found in places where petroleum exists.

Most lawn care companies not only use harmful chemical fertilizers, but they also over apply these fertilizers, which can cause big issues for your health and our water systems. Why are chemical fertilizers bad?? Because… Chemical fertilizers cause many negative effects including cancer, birth defects, dead zones, danger to your children and pets, and many others.

Long-term use of chemical fertilizer can change the soil pH, upset beneficial microbial ecosystems, increase pests, and even contribute to the release of greenhouse gases! Chemical fertilizers tend to leach, or drain away from the plant, which requires additional applications (which means you’re paying more money for these additional applications!).

Oh, and have you ever heard of a dead (hypoxic) zone? The Gulf of Mexico currently hosts the largest dead zone. Less oxygen dissolved in the water is often referred to as a “dead zone” because most marine life either dies, or, if they are mobile such as fish, leave the area. Habitats that would normally be teeming with life become, essentially, biological deserts. Did you know that over fertilization is a primary cause of dead zones? Watch this great video for more information.

Currently, many counties (including Sarasota and Manatee counties) in the state of Florida are banning the use of fertilizers containing nitrogen and phosphorus during the winter months of June 1 – September 30 to help prevent algal blooms, fish kills and water quality in our lakes, streams, rivers and bays. More information about this ordinance can be found here.

Repeated applications of chemical fertilizers may result in a toxic buildup of heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, and uranium in the soil. These heavy metals can eventually make their way into your fruits and vegetables and overexposure can result in cancer, diabetes, arthritis, heart and kidney diseases, mental illnesses, ADHD in children, birth defects, and aging. They can also affect your children if they spend a lot of time rolling around and playing in the yard. Dogs and other pets are also at risk of exposure. Symptoms of exposure include an upset stomach, difficulty breathing, skin rashes, burning in their eyes or a change in their overall level of alertness. Serious side effects include bowel obstruction or severe and painful inflammation of the pancreas. If you’re concerned about your children and pets, please choose a safe organic fertilizer.

Chemical fertilizers do not promote soil life or soil health, and do not include the decaying matter necessary to improve soil structure. In fact, chemical fertilizers don’t replace many trace elements that are gradually depleted by repeated crop plantings, resulting in long-term damage to the soil. Chemical fertilizers contain nutrients that are readily available, but this creates the danger of over fertilization. This can kill the plants and upset the entire ecosystem. Chemical fertilizers are primarily made from nonrenewable sources, including fossil fuels.

Now what about Organic fertilizers? Organic matter improves soil structure, moisture retention, drainage, and the microbial life of the soil. An adequate amount of organic matter in the soil can help ensure that nutrients are available to plants on a steady basis and that the soil structure enhances root growth. Organic fertilizers dole out the nutrients more slowly than chemical fertilizers, so plant roots are less likely to be burned by too high of a dosage. Organic fertilizers are renewable, biodegradable, sustainable, and environmentally friendly. Oh, and did I mention that many types will not harm your children or pets??

Eco-Lectric Landscape Maintenance offers Nature Safe organic fertilizer. It is safe for children and pets and it is OMRI certified. The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) supports organic integrity by providing organic certifiers, growers, manufacturers, and suppliers an independent review of products intended for use in certified organic production, handling, and processing.

Please give us a call at 941-755-5703 or email us at info@eco-lectric.com for a free quote and start building a healthier lawn!