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The key to a successful organic lawn program is the soil.  It must be alive with wide variety of beneficial microorganisms and bugs.  Beneficial microbes both feed and protect the plants from other, disease-causing bacteria and fungi.  All the organic gardener does is feed the beneficial microbes and let them do their work.  Beneficial microorganisms include bacteria and fungi found in finished compost.  There are two ways to get the benefit from compost.