Why We Became an Organic Lawn Care Company

Why We Became an Organic Lawn Care CompanyOne question that I am always asked when meeting new customers is, how did we get into organic lawn care. It is not the prettiest or most flattering of stories, but it is what’s true. Hopefully it can be a cautionary tale that doesn’t happen to anyone else.

My passion for organics started in my 20’s with vegetable gardens. I was tired of my tomatoes tasting like miracle grow, so I started learning about organic vegetable gardens. Later in my 30’s I was a typical, naïve homeowner that thought I needed the “perfect” lawn. So I ventured into the local home improvement store and figured if they sold it, then it was safe. But man was I wrong.

I purchased what the man in the orange vest told me to. Went home and connected the sprayer to my hose and proceeded to spray the dandelions in my yard. After using up what was in the initial sprayer bottle I then opened the second bottle of concentrate and poured it into the sprayer bottle. In the process of pouring, some of the concentrate spilled onto my right hand. Without concern I finished spraying my lawn. An hour later I finished up and went into the house and washed my hands where I spilled the concentrate on.

After a few hours, the muscles in my right hand began twitching violently. This continued throughout the next day. By the end of the following day, I had lost all fine motor control in my right hand. Only through physical therapy was I able to regain the ability to open and close my right hand, but the fine motor never returned.

I didn’t realize at the time that this was pesticide poisoning. As a result, I vowed to not only keep chemicals far away from my family but to also educate others on their dangers. My hopes, by starting Billy Goat Lawn Care, is to provide people with alternatives to chemicals on their lawn. Every lawn that we can help convert from chemical to organic is a victory for us and the environment.

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Becoming Chemical Free with Essential Oils

essential oils starter kitOver the past few years I have been working diligently to remove as many chemicals and toxins from our house as possible. We obliviously do only organics in our lawn and garden. Getting the chemicals out of our home has been a bit more difficult. It wasn’t something to concur overnight. It could be very pricey to throw out everything and buy new organic, chemical free products. So I did it in steps.

I used up what I had and made the decision to not bring any new chemicals into our home. This gave me time to research safer alternatives. I felt the only way for me to know what was in a product was to make it myself. So I try to cook with organic products as much as possible and make all “clean”meals.

My next step was cleaning out our medicine cabinets and beauty products. Not to forget the cleaning products. I found tons of recipes to make them myself. So I started experimenting. The one thing that a lot of these recipes called for was essential oils. Not only did these oils add better scents and flavors but also contained health benefits. So I had more work to do. I needed to find a good place to get my essential oils.

I have been searching for about a year for a company that I trusted to get essential oils from. It was important to me how the plants were grown and that it was therapeutic grade so could be consumed. This was more difficult then I thought. A lot of companies out there claim to have “pure essential oils”. However, just like those “organic based” lawn companies, that is very misleading because that claim can legally be made if there is as little at just 5% of the actual essential oil from the plant in the bottle. Also there is no regulations so the company can use chemical solvents to extract the oil from the plant. Overwhelmed yet? I sure was. That’s why it took my a year to make my decision.

Why I chose Young Living

Young Living was the only company that I found that had their own farm. So they were in complete control of the process. They use absolutely no herbicides or pesticides on their plants. They pull weeds by hand and use the oils for pest control. Actually I watched a video of their farms in Guatemala showing their Seed to Seal process. These videos are what made my final decision on Young Living.

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I also love that I was able to sign up as a Wholesale Member and save 24% off. The only requirement was to buy one of their starter kits which was a no brainier since it was such a great deal and contained many of the oils I wanted plus a diffuser.

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You are not required to purchase anything else. You can simply order as much or as little as you want. However, if you are like me and have a huge shopping list of oils, then they also have an Essential Rewards program. Just spend at least $50 a month and you will receive cash back on your purchase each month.

How to Get Started

1.  Sign-up for a Young Living account.

2.  Check the “Wholesale Member” option to ensure the lower prices. You will save 24% off retail.

3. Be sure the “sponsor ID” and “enroller id” say 2714812

4. Select which starter kit you want to get. My recommendation would be the Premium Starter Kit. Those are the oils that I use almost every single day!

5. You can skip the Essential Rewards part of the sign-up process, unless you know that you’ll be ordering regularly (if you’re going to be purchasing products monthly then it’s a great program that will give you credit back with each order and save you on shipping costs). You do not have to purchase one of the Essential Rewards kits either. You can just start by purchasing your Premium Starter Kit and then go back into your account and sign up for ER and add the products you want.

7. Go through the checkout process.

I am here with any question you may have. I will try to share some of my recipes here, but feel free to get in touch if you would like me to send something to you. If you are one of our local lawn care customers I can even make some up for you.

*Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website.

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Does signing up make me a “distributor”?

Nope! You are not required to sell anything at all to anyone. When you become a wholesale member, you get a special link that you can share with friends and get credit from their purchases, but there are no minimum sales amounts at all. In fact, 90% of the wholesale members in Young Living don’t do the business side at all. They are buying from Young Living because of the quality alone.

Am I required to make a minimum purchase each month?

There are absolutely NO minimum monthly purchase requirements. To remain a wholesale member, you have to make $50 worth of purchases per year to keep your membership. But if there’s a year that you don’t make a $50 purchase, you can reinstate your wholesale membership discount by just placing a $50 order.

If you do find yourself making regular purchases each month, then Young Living has a rewards program (called Essential Rewards) where you can make a nice percentage back in product credit each month on all of your purchases. So that’s a neat program to join if you find that you *want* to purchase regularly (but it’s not a requirement for being a wholesale member).

Why should I buy from Young Living instead of other essential oils companies?

It does seem like a new essential oils company pops up every day, doesn’t it?

I can’t speak to the quality of other companies, but I can say that Young Living was the only company in my research of essential oil companies that could answer all of my questions about purity in a way that was satisfactory to me.

Young Living was the only company that has their own farms (in the regions where the plants should be grown), could absolutely guarantee that no pesticides or herbicides were used in the growing of any of their oils (they use essential oils for pest control and they do all of the weeding by hand), has their own testing equipment (they do both in-house and 3rd party testing, and use many different testing methods not just GC/MS which only tests for certain chemicals, not whether those chemicals are synthetic or not), and only uses the first distillation of oils instead of adding chemicals to get more out of the plant.

Young Living also was the only company that was directly in charge of essential oil farming operations. Every other company I researched goes through some kind of an “oil broker” to buy their oils. They have to trust that the oil broker is telling the truth, who has to trust that the essential oil distilleries are telling the truth, who have to trust that the farmers are telling the truth about what they say they are doing.

With Young Living, you just have to trust one company instead of several.

I feel like it’s a trust step either way (anyone could be lying) but I felt the most comfortable trusting Young Living since they are a full-disclosure company. ANYONE can visit the farms, participate in the harvesting and distillation, view the Young Living labs, and see the entire process. That’s not an option with any other company.

How will I know which oils to use for what?

One of the benefits of getting a starter kit through this promotion is that you also get to join our private Facebook group that’s specifically for questions about essential oils!

Does Young Living only sell essential oils?

The answer to this one was surprising to me when I first got my starter kit! Young Living actually has an entire line of personal care products, supplements, meal replacements, energy drinks, and more! Almost every product incorporates essential oils (for example, frankincense is absolutely wonderful in facial products), but there’s a wide variety of products available.

What if I live outside of the United States?

For those who live in Canada, we will mail the book and labels, but will need to either reduce or remove the gift card to cover the extra shipping charge.

What about overseas US military?

If you are military with an APO/FPO address, you can still receive the same promotion as those in the United States since the address is here in the US.

The links in this post are my personal consultant links. You will be added to my team and be eligible for certain freebies. I will also add you to a bunch of Facebook groups to help you learn how to use your oils. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Organic Pest Control to Keep Bugs Out of Your Garden

organic insecticideBy now I am sure you understand all the benefits of growing an organic vegetable garden. If not, you can check out our post “Why Grow an Organic Vegetable Garden“. In this post we not only discuss the benefits of an organic garden but also talk about how to establish the bed, fertilize and weed control.

What we did not talk about was insecticides. Lets face it, as much as we may want to protect everything in nature, no one wants to share their dinner with bugs. But if you look at any label of those store bought products that are filled with chemicals, they will have warnings on the dangers of ingestion or contact with skin or eyes. Doesn’t sound too safe to spray on something we intend to eat.

So how do we keep the bugs away and still produce fresh and organic vegetables? The answer is pretty simple, take control and make your own with essential oils. Below are some recipes you can use to keep those pests away-

INSECTICIDE Recipes:

Items needed
• Distilled water
• Spray bottle
• Liquid dish soap (biodegradable)
Spearmint essential oil
Citronella essential oil
Lavender essential oil
• Blue tansy essential oil
Cedarwood essential oil

Preparation
• Fill an 8-oz. spray bottle with distilled water
• Add 1 ½ tablespoons of liquid dish soap
• Add 3–4 drops of each essential oil
• Mix and spray generously on plants, fruits, and vegetables

Other Recipes-

•20 drops of Abundance and 20 drops Oregano to 16 ounces of water, 1 drop non toxic dish soap and mist the plants.

Thieves cleaner – in a standard size spray bottle, fill almost full of water and then add enough Thieves Cleaner to color the water.

Did you know?
• Spearmint essential oil can help deter ants, caterpillars, fleas, gnats, moths, spiders and aphids
•Peppermint essential oils can help deter ants, aphids, beetles, caterpillars, fleas, flies, moths, and spiders
• Citronella essential oil can help deter gnats and mosquitoes
• Lavender essential oil can help deter fleas, moths, mosquitoes, ticks and flies
• Blue tansy essential oil can help deter flies
• Cedarwood essential oil can help deter moths, snails and slugs
• Lemon and orange essential oils can help reduce fungi from growing on plants

So you can adjust your recipe to deter what ever bug is attacking your garden. I have done a lot of research on essential oils since getting asked all the time about organic options for bug repellent. The company that I have chosen to order all my essential oils from is Young Living. They do not use any synthetic chemicals or pesticides or herbicides on their plants (they use essential oils to deter pests and pull weeds by hand). They are also 100% therapeutic grade and far higher quality than anything you’ll find on the grocery store shelves.

You can read more about why I chose Young Living for all my essential oils or can check out Drops of EO to learn more about Young Living and essential oils. If you need help ordering the essential oils or would like us to come out and spray for you, just get in touch. We are always here to help.

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The Hidden Dangers of Mulch

organicSpring is the time of year that people like to add fresh mulch to their flower beds. It makes the landscape pop and gives a nice fresh look. It also helps to prevent weeds from growing in the beds. But beware, mulch can also harbor hidden dangers!

Died mulch contain toxic chemicals like formaldehyde and heavy metals like arsenic and lead. These poisons are added to help slow the rate at which the mulch breaks down as well as to obtain its color. The most dangerous of all mulch colors is red.

Not only can these poisons be toxic to your plants living in the beds but also to members of your family. Both kids and dogs are especially at risk as dogs have a tendency to chew on and eat mulch and young children will put anything in their mouths.

However, by choosing wisely, you can still have a beautiful landscape that is safe for your family and the environment. Just make sure the mulch is natural in color and in its processing. You want to look for mulch that is as close to its natural form as possible. Our favorite mulch to use is called Eco Mulch. It is ecologically friendly for two reasons, it is made from the grindings of tree limbs that are harvested by utility crews and it is not died. It also has a rich dark brown color that our customers really like.

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