Natural fertilizer

Natural Fertilizer | Grass

How many times did you go the the garden center looking for fertilizer? 5 step program, weed and feed, all purpose fertilizer, natural fertilizer, compost, manure, liquid or granular? What is the right choice of fertilizer for my garden? Back in 1999, I was renting an apartment with a small yard. I kind of liked Read more about Natural Fertilizer | Grass[…]






Best Landscape Company quote

Best Landscape Company

Best landscape company? How can you find who is the best if , in fact every company will claim they are the best! To me it is pretty simple. It is all about how lawn care providers, gardeners, and landscapers will manage each, and every single property. Do they treat every property the same? Or Read more about Best Landscape Company[…]






lawn mower

Lawn Mower | Reel, Gas or Electric Lawn Mower

Since 2004, I’ve been using either a tractor mower, or a commercial Toro lawn mower. And for the past several years, I have been trying to use my small reel lawn mower. I recently mowed to an Ecovillage in rural Missouri with my family. We left behind all the commodities than an urban place has to offer. Read more about Lawn Mower | Reel, Gas or Electric Lawn Mower[…]






Best lawn fertilizer

Best Lawn Fertilizer

Depending who do you ask, you will get different answers regarding what is the best lawn fertilizer. For the past 16 years I have been using several types of fertilizer. Granular and liquid. Some of them certified organic, and some others I got them directly form the source, like seaweed, chicken poop, etc… I like Read more about Best Lawn Fertilizer[…]






Thatch

Lawn Care | Thatch

What is lawn thatch? It is the decaying organic matter, located between the soil and the grass plant. In other words, it is a sometimes thick layer of dead and living material, like dead roots, grass clippings and grass stems. Thatch Can be a problem sometimes because if the layer is too thick, it will Read more about Lawn Care | Thatch[…]






Bermuda Grass

Bermuda Grass | Care and Maintenance

Bermuda grass is a very good grass if you live in a warm climate. In the US, it is found mostly in the lower half of the country. It grows extremely well in hot, humid, and dry locations. It definitely thrives in full sun, and does not do well in shade. For some people this Read more about Bermuda Grass | Care and Maintenance[…]






Lawn care tips

Lawn Care Tips | Lawn

I receive a few emails every once in a while, from people asking me for guidance on how to start an organic lawn care program. And specifically they request some lawn care tips.  There are a few thing you should do, if you want to stop using pesticides. From my experience, I can tell you than an Read more about Lawn Care Tips | Lawn[…]






Garden

Organic Garden and Landscaping | Feed The Soil

In simple words, organic garden and landscaping is all about the soil. Chemically you can grow basically anything. However, you will need tremendous amounts of inputs in order to grow plants with chemicals. If you use the 5 step chemical program you will be feeding the plant. Chemical fertilizer is applied to the lawn or Read more about Organic Garden and Landscaping | Feed The Soil[…]






weed killer glyphosate

EU Delays Reapproval of Weed Killer Glyphosate

EU postpones reapproval of weed killer glyphosate. Thu May 19, 2016 Today the Europan union postponed the relicensing of  Glyphosate and Roundup products. There is not a clear understanding if this substance causes cancer in humans. Weed killer glyphosate is one of the most-widely used weedkillers in the world, and Roundup is one of  Monsanto’s best selling Read more about EU Delays Reapproval of Weed Killer Glyphosate[…]






Vermicompost

Vermicompost | Vermicomposting

Several years ago I found out worm compost (vermicompost) was the best compost available to brew my compost tea. There is a specific type of worms that love to feed on food waste. They are called Red wigglers. These worms can eat their own weight in food in just a couple of weeks, so instead Read more about Vermicompost | Vermicomposting[…]






Blog Archives

Natural and Organic – Is It The Same?

For the past week, I’ve made an effort to eat only natural organic, and GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) free food. So far so good, but it is extremely difficult to avoid anything with sugar, corn and/or soy. In the past, I’ve been eating for the most part pretty healthy. Lots of good organic foods, but Read more about Natural and Organic – Is It The Same?[…]






Regulation regarding glyphosate

Nebraska Farmers Sue Monsanto

Nebraska Farmers Sue Monsanto. Reposted with permission; NICHOLAS BERGIN / Lincoln Journal Star Three Nebraska farmers and an agronomist, all diagnosed with cancer, have filed a lawsuit against Monsanto alleging the seed and chemical giant of purposely misleading the public about the dangers of the world’s most widely used herbicide. Monsanto markets glyphosate, the active Read more about Nebraska Farmers Sue Monsanto[…]






Pesticides

Our Children | Brain Development and Pesticides

For a long time chemical companies assured us, their products and pesticides were safe. Monsanto advertised as recent as 1996 that “Roundup was safer than table salt”. NY Attorney General sued Monsanto, and won. Citing that Monsanto did false advertising regarding Roundup’s toxicity. Those same companies that claimed, (and still claim) their products are safe, are Read more about Our Children | Brain Development and Pesticides[…]






Grubs

Grubs | Japanese Beetle

A chemical lawn is treated for grub control twice a year…For life! An organic lawn can be grub free in just one season! I’ve been maintaining properties organically for 10 years now. When I started I promised myself not to use any chemical fertilizer, and to treat each garden as it if was my own. Read more about Grubs | Japanese Beetle[…]






Inert Ingredients

Inert Ingredients.

When you buy a chemical product from your local store such as a chemical herbicide, fungicide or pesticide, does Inert ingredients mean a chemical product is safe? What are Inert ingredients? In pesticides and herbicides are those ingredients that are not intended to affect a target pest. They are added to enhance some ingredients. For example, Read more about Inert Ingredients.[…]






artificial grass

How Safe is Artificial Grass?

For the past few weeks, I’ve heard a lot about playing in synthetic fields and artificial grass, and why real grass can’t even come close to handling the field load, when several games are played in one week. Or when a good rainstorm during a football game will turn the field into a mud pit. I Read more about How Safe is Artificial Grass?[…]






healthy lawn

Small Steps to a Natural and Healthy Lawn

How do I start? What do I need to do to have a healthy lawn? What products do I need? How much fertilizer, lime or compost do I need? Many homeowners believe that a yearly application of lime is needed because his or her landscaper said so, or because that is something we were told Read more about Small Steps to a Natural and Healthy Lawn[…]






Organic Lawn Care

Organic Lawn Care | It Works

The main difference between an organic lawn care, and a chemical lawn, is that, organically you feed the soil. Chemically you feed the plant. Another difference is chemically lawns are not safe because of the products used to keep them green. On average, an organic lawn will not need to be fertilized after 5 years. Read more about Organic Lawn Care | It Works[…]






Atrazine

Fertilizer, Weed and Feed, and 2-4D

Fertilizer, Weed and Feed, and 2-4D? What is it? Probably you have never heard anything about 2-4D, but you have most likely used it many times on your garden. A couple of days ago while working on a property, I saw a neighbor spraying something into the sidewalk to kill weeds.  I can now, (after Read more about Fertilizer, Weed and Feed, and 2-4D[…]






Monsanto Roundup

Monsanto Roundup and GMOs are not safe

French Prof. Gilles-Eric Séralini, did a research study about organ damage when using Monsanto Roundup ready seeds and GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Prof. Séralini is the leader of the research team from the Committee of Independent Research, the Information on Genetic Engineering (CRIIGEN), and the Universities of Caen and Rouen. His conclusion appear in the International Journal Read more about Monsanto Roundup and GMOs are not safe[…]






Chickens

Raising chickens. Easiest thing ever

My chickens are gras fed on approximately 3 acres of lawn. They basically eat as much grass as they want. They are free range, grass fed, and they are happy! There are several reasons why I decided to have chickens, and the most important one is because we wanted to have fresh eggs. Soon after Read more about Raising chickens. Easiest thing ever[…]






Compost

What is Compost | Organic Compost

Compost, loam and dirt. Home owners generally love their yards. Women tend to like their vegetable gardens and flower beds. Men, on the other hand love to mow their lawns. Why are we men so obsessed with lawns? I always hated lawn maintenance. Mowing is boring. It is an endless job. I am glad I Read more about What is Compost | Organic Compost[…]






How to make tea

How To Make Tea

Oh, You don’t drink it? In the next few minutes I will explain to you how to make tea. Aerated compost tea is a liquid extraction of beneficial organisms from good quality compost. It is made by adding compost with a microbial food source to water, and then adding oxygen for a period of time, Read more about How To Make Tea[…]






Reseed Grass In The Spring

Reseed Grass In The Spring

Reseed your lawn in Spring and Fall. In fact, two days ago I re-seeded my own lawn. Well, my five-year-old did it. He likes to do yard work, but he definitely loves to spread grass seed. We applied roughly two pounds of grass mix seed per 1000 square feet. The mix was Kentucky blue grass, fine fescue, and Read more about Reseed Grass In The Spring[…]






Organic gardening  and lawn care starts with a healthy soil

Organic gardening and landscaping. What is it?

Organic gardening and landscaping starts with a healthy soil. It’s too expensive. It is a lot of work. I will have to go and buy strange products. I will end up with weeds, or bugs, or brown grass, or spots on my flowers or vegetables. Is this what you think about an organic garden? In Read more about Organic gardening and landscaping. What is it?[…]






Corn Gluten Meal used as Pre-emergent?

Corn Gluten Meal as pre-emergent?

Corn Gluten meal is being used as a pre-emergent. First time I heard about corn gluten meal was in early 2004. That’s when I started my organic lawn care and consulting business. Back then, there were not a lot of products out in the market to use as an organic land care provider. I feel like Read more about Corn Gluten Meal as pre-emergent?[…]






Going Green. Back Yard Garden

Garden Going Green. Back Yard Garden

Green Garden. That is what most people are trying to find. There is so much information regarding how to maintain, and what products to use on your property, but it is extremely difficult to find a good source of information that can explain with a few words what products are really needed for your plants, Read more about Garden Going Green. Back Yard Garden[…]






Chemical or organic gardening?

Chemical or Organic Garden?

Chemical or organic garden? There is a big difference between them! When using chemicals like petroleum based products, you are feeding the plant. It is like being on steroids. Once you stop using chemicals the whole system collapses. Chemicals feed the plant. That’s why you need the so called 5 step water soluble fertilizer program. Read more about Chemical or Organic Garden?[…]