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At its most basic, the term "organic" refers to the process of growing plants without the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.

According to the USDA National Organic Program which regulates organic farming, organic farming goes beyond the avoidance of synthetic chemicals. It is an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs (fertilizers, bagged products, etc) and on management practices that restore, maintain, and enhance ecological harmony.



According to the Society for Organic Urban Land Care (SOUL) which certifies organic landscapers in British Columbia, organic land care is the design, installation and maintenance of landscapes to promote and preserve environmental health both above and below ground.

At Nature and Nurture LLC, we do not use synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. We view landscapes as ecosystems and use ecological principles to guide our work. For example, we may use mulch to protect and enhance soil by preventing soil erosion, minimizing evaporation, and adding organic matter to the soil. We perform site analysis and select plants based not only on aesthetic qualities, but also on site factors such as moisture, light, and soil texture. This approach makes plants thrive which helps prevents pest and disease. The conventional approach in landscaping is to select plants based solely on aesthetic features and then to "force" these plants to grow in the wrong site by applying large amounts of chemical pesticides and fertilizers.

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