What’s today in the news? One the most searched topics is Glyphosate Europe. And for a good reason. Next month, Glyphosate will be allowed to be sold in the EU for an additional 18 months. For the past month, Monsanto’s Glyphosate was denied twice for re-licensing. Today, just hours before the deadline, it was temporally Read more about What’s Today In The News? | Glyphosate Europe[…]
Have you over-fertilized your lawn? Did this ever happen to you? You set your drop spreader at the rate that was suggested. You are so focused on what you are doing, that after a few minutes you notice you have been spreading the fertilizer at a much faster rate than it was recommended. Or maybe you Read more about Over-Fertilized Lawn | Burned Grass[…]
Zoysia grass (or Zoysiagrass) is a warm season grass. It has a very dense root system, and this makes it very difficult for weeds to germinate and grow. Zoysia grass should be mowed short. Between 2 and 2.5″ tall. It also requires some water weekly. Ideally, you want to rely on rain water, but if Read more about Zoysia Grass (Zoysiagrass) | Care | Maintenance[…]
NPK | Lawn Care By Organic Lesson. An essential component of lawn care is to maintain an optimal balance of nutrients in the soil. When you purchase lawn fertilizer, one of the immediate things that should stick on the product label are three numbers. These numbers are referring to the N-P-K ratio. What this ratio Read more about NPK | Lawn Care[…]
In order to grow anything, the most important thing is soil health. If you know a little about soil biology, you know how important is soil texture if you want to grow grass. Lawn care service is all about the soil. To have good grass, you must have good soil. Personally I see one main difference between Read more about Lawn Care Service | Lawn Care Basics[…]
Today the European Union refused to approve a limited extension on the glyphosate use . Therefore this is one step closer from Roundup to become illegal by the end of this month if no agreement is reached. A majority decision was needed, which means the group will meet again on tuesday to further discuss the Read more about Europe Fails To Approve Glyphosate Use Extension[…]
You have probably seen those numbers in a bag of fertilizer. Some landscapers will call it NPK fertilizer. Back then when I started my lawn care business I thought the bigger the number the better. And I think, that is what most people think. The more fertilizer I put, the greener the lawn, right? Well, Read more about NPK Fertilizer | Fertilizer Numbers[…]
A weed is a plant that is growing in the wrong place. And what do we do, when we see a weed on the lawn, or in our garden? We use a generic weed killer. Right? What is the best organic weed killer to control weeds? What I have learned for the past several years is that Read more about Organic Weed Killer[…]
When is the best time to water grass, or your plants? It all depends, but as a rule of thumb, the best answer is early in the morning. The reason to water early in the morning is because there is less water loss to evaporation. Ideally, you want to water early. The soil will retain more moisture. Read more about Best Time To Water Grass[…]
A couple of weeks ago EU Regulators postponed a re-approval of the weed killer Glyphosate in the EU. This week (June 6th), those regulators will meet to discuss a possible amendment to the regulation regarding glyphosate . According to their website, their agenda will:
“Exchange of views and possible opinion of the Committee on a draft Commission Implementing Regulation amending Implementing Regulation (EU) No 540/2011. As regards the extension of the approval period of the active substance glyphosate”.
In other words, it is possible the European Commission will allow the use of glyphosate for commercial and private use in the European Union. Even if they don’t come to a resolution before the deadline in June 30th, 2016.
On March 2015, The World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) labeled weed killer glyphosate as “probably” cancer causing agent. Concerns about glyphosate in food as been growing for the past several months, and in fact it has been detected in food, water and soil samples after being sprayed. This product is not included in the US government monitoring of chemicals in human tissue or blood.
Neither is tested in food. There is no way to know if farmers spraying fields, families that live near farms, or homeowners spraying weed killer in their yards, are being exposed to it.