Organic Land Care Best Management Practices Manual
The purpose of this manual is to provide recommendations to land managers and landscape contractors on best management practices for effectively conducting organic land care. Organic land care is a holistic approach to land management that integrates cultural, biological, and mechanical practices by fostering cycling of resources, promoting ecological balance, and conserving biodiversity. Organic land care is not simply about substituting organic-approved products for synthetic materials. Rather, it is a series of practices that together create a holistic approach to land management where the soil, plants, and animals within the system are interdependent and should sustain each other. In an organic land care program, an integrated system of pest and disease management is utilized with products approved by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI). The goal is to decrease or eliminate the use of synthetic pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and synthetic soil amendments. This document is meant to be a field guide with basic information about background theory for many of the recommendations.