Bahiagrass

Bahiagrass Guide – Paspalum notatum

Bahiagrass (Paspalum notatum) is a perennial warm season grass that is well adapted to most types of soil. In fact, it grows extremely well on sandy or infertile soils. It was introduced from Brasil in 1914 as a pasture grass, but it quickly became a low maintenance lawn grass. A great characteristic of this grass is that Read more about Bahiagrass Guide – Paspalum notatum[…]






When To Stop Mowing The Lawn

Winter Lawn Care – When To Stop Mowing The Lawn

This is the time of the year when we are doing cleanups around the garden. Today I am cutting back grasses and perennials. This is also the time when most people are wondering when to stop mowing the lawn. After maintaining lawns and gardens for the past 12 years, I learned that grass will stop growing Read more about Winter Lawn Care – When To Stop Mowing The Lawn[…]






Organic Gardening

Organic Gardening – Safe Gardening

Is organic gardening much more different that the traditional chemical gardening? To me, there is a big difference! When using chemicals like petroleum based products, you are feeding the plant. It is like your grass or garden being on steroids. You need to feed your plants regularly with fertilizers, and definitely you must use pesticides Read more about Organic Gardening – Safe Gardening[…]






Backyard Full Of Weeds

Backyard Full Of Weeds – From Weeds To Grass

Having a backyard full of weeds can be a good thing. At least to me is good news, because I know exactly what to do in order to transform a weedy yard into a weed free lawn. And I am not thinking about roto-tilling the whole yard. Or spraying toxic chemicals to kill everything on Read more about Backyard Full Of Weeds – From Weeds To Grass[…]






Lawn Care Tips For The Fall

Lawn Care Tips For The Fall

Spring is a great time of the year to maintain your lawn and garden. However, the best time to have a healthy lawn is in the Fall. For the most part weeds will start dying after summer, so this is why Fall is a great time to start growing good grass, fertilizing, and mowing on Read more about Lawn Care Tips For The Fall[…]






Benefits of Composting

Benefits Of Composting

At the beginning of my landscaping years I used lots of loam when I was doing my plantings and did not know the benefits of composting. It was cheap, readily available and I could buy it basically everywhere. I thought that loam looked fairly good. Sometimes I would find pieces of glass in the loam. Read more about Benefits Of Composting[…]






Planting trees in the Fall - Burlap

Planting Trees In The Fall – Balled And Burlap Wrapped Trees

In my early years getting my associate’s degree in Horticulture, I learned that when planting trees in the Fall with balled and burlap, it was advised to cut the rope from around the tree trunk. I learned to pull the burlap back and push the handles from the wire basket down into the ground. The Read more about Planting Trees In The Fall – Balled And Burlap Wrapped Trees[…]






Green Lawns

Green Lawns And Gardens / Are Pesticides Dangerous?

Not everybody have the same expectations when maintaining green lawns and doing gardening. At least my expectations are totally different than most people… I moved to the US from my native Spain back in 1999. I started maintaining and offering consulting lawn care services since 2004. Back then, I didn’t know there was a chemical way Read more about Green Lawns And Gardens / Are Pesticides Dangerous?[…]






Grub damage and control with nematodes

Grub | Grub Damage

Why is it that organic lawns generally don’t have grub damage in the Spring and Fall? Every season lawn care providers apply pesticides to kill grubs. They do it at least twice a year. One time in the Spring, and again in the Fall. Grubs can do a great deal of damage to our lawn.  In Read more about Grub | Grub Damage[…]






sod

Sod – How To Lay Sod

There are two ways of growing grass for your lawn. The first way is to grow it from seed. This is done usually early Spring and/or early Fall. In my opinion re-seeding your lawn instead of laying sod is the best option. Because it is cheaper, and in the long term the grass grows better. Read more about Sod – How To Lay Sod[…]






Natural

Natural fertilizers | Types of Fertilizer

Natural fertilizer is not the same as traditional fertilizer. A fertilizer is a substance containing one or more recognized plant nutrients, that is used primarily to promote plant growth. According to NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association), natural organic fertilizers don’t require fossil fuels such as oil to make them. Organic fertilizers will add organic matter Read more about Natural fertilizers | Types of Fertilizer[…]






How to get rid of fruit flies

How To Get Rid Of Fruit Flies

How to get rid of fruit flies. Is it just me, or does it seem fruit flies appear like magic overnight? There is a reason for that. They are attracted to past ripe fruit, that begins to ferment. This fermenting process produces alcohol which is what attracts the flies. There are a few simple steps you Read more about How To Get Rid Of Fruit Flies[…]






mulch

Garden Weeds – Ways To Kill Weeds Naturally

Are you looking for easy ways to kill garden weeds naturally? There are many things that can be done in order to get rid of weeds around your lawn and garden. I have compiled a list of ways to eradicating weeds, once and for all. Some of them are just common sense, and just by Read more about Garden Weeds – Ways To Kill Weeds Naturally[…]






Lawn clippings

Lawn Clippings | What To Do With Grass Clippings

Should I bag the lawn clippings every time I mow the lawn? My short answer is no. Back in 1999 I started working for a small lawn care company. We mowed lawns all day long, and I spend quite a lot of time bagging clippings, and finding places to dispose them. The reason we did Read more about Lawn Clippings | What To Do With Grass Clippings[…]






Lawn treatment and fertilizer

Lawn Treatment And Fertilizer

One of the things I teach in my classes, is that each lawn is different. Each property requires a different lawn treatment and fertilizer application. If you have been using chemicals to treat your lawn, you can’t expect to have an organic lawn in just one season. Unfortunately, chemical companies have the advantage to sell Read more about Lawn Treatment And Fertilizer[…]






Glyphosate Europe

What’s Today In The News? | Glyphosate Europe

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[…]






over-fertilized

Over-Fertilized Lawn | Burned Grass

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

Zoysia Grass (Zoysiagrass) | Care | Maintenance

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

NPK | Lawn Care

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[…]






Lawn Care Service

Lawn Care Service | Lawn Care Basics

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[…]






Glyphosate use

Europe Fails To Approve Glyphosate Use Extension

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[…]






NPK Fertilizer

NPK Fertilizer | Fertilizer Numbers

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[…]






Organic Weed killer to kill dandelions

Organic Weed Killer

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[…]






Water grass

Best Time To Water Grass

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[…]






Regulation regarding glyphosate

Possible Regulation Regarding Glyphosate | EU Amendment

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.

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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?[…]






quick fix or problem solving?

Quick fix chemical or problem solving?

Chemical problem solving, or just a quick fix? That is the main difference with organic and chemical maintenance. Here are some ideas for you to solve problems and not doing just a quick fix on you garden. May is a good time to do some reseeding. There are several reasons why we should re-seed during the month Read more about Quick fix chemical or problem solving?[…]






Lawn Fungus

Lawn Fungus

Lawn fungus appears in early Spring. This is the time of the year when we can finally see some grass and hopefully the snow cover is disappearing quickly. Just a few weeks ago there was a foot of snow in most of the properties I maintain. Under the snow. Now, the snow is almost gone, and Read more about Lawn Fungus[…]






Snow

Does Snow Damage Lawns and Gardens?

This will be a winter season to remember with all the snow. We had over 100 inches of snow in just one month. I haven’t had the change to really enjoy the snow, since I have either been plowing, shoveling, or sleeping to get ready for the next storm.  But what happens under the snow? The Read more about Does Snow Damage Lawns and Gardens?[…]






Class Action Lawsuit against Monsanto's Roundup

Class Action Lawsuit against Monsanto’s Roundup

Class Action Lawsuit against Monsanto’s Roundup is finally here. Roundup is everywhere.  It is being used on a daily basis by homeowners, land care providers and also by many farmers. This is a weed killer that is being used to spray weeds in private residencies to kill weeds like dandelions , in municipalities to have a perfect Read more about Class Action Lawsuit against Monsanto’s Roundup[…]






Slime mold

This Month Be On the Lookout for… Slime Mold

Slime Mold is not a disease, but it might look kind of scary. It usually appears overnight after a rain storm, when the weather is hot and humid. The incredible thing about this is that this fungus grows pretty quickly. It has a bright yellow color, and it is completely harmless. Sometimes, when mulch is applied Read more about This Month Be On the Lookout for… Slime Mold[…]






Lawn watering

Lawn Management – Brown spots

This week’s lawn management topic is brown spots, and proper use of irrigation. This is one of the things most people ask me when they want to transition from chemical to organic:  How much water do I need to keep my grass alive? Lawn, specially chemical ones use a lot of water–which can be expensive. Read more about Lawn Management – Brown spots[…]






Grass can be self sustainable after a few years

Understanding How Organic Grass Grows

Here in New England, the predominant type of grass is a mix of Kentucky blue, rye, and fescues. All those are cool season grasses. They grow well in early Spring, and Fall, usually mid April and mid September. Rye germinates in one week, when the day temperature is above 55 degrees for seven consecutive days. Fescues germinate Read more about Understanding How Organic Grass Grows[…]






Organic lawn starts with a healthy soil

Is your organic lawn ready for the Spring?

There is only 9 weeks left, and winter will be over! This is a great time to start planning for the Spring, and if you want to transition from chemical to organic, there are just a few things you should do, before you start applying products to your organic lawn and garden. I have always Read more about Is your organic lawn ready for the Spring?[…]






Lawn care

The most important part of the organic lawn care approach is…

Lawn care is easy, but I think we just make it too complicated. I personally like to mow my own lawn. It must be a guy thing…I like to do one thing at a time. Like most men, I don’t think we are good at multitasking. According to my wife, I am sometimes…hopeless, because I Read more about The most important part of the organic lawn care approach is…[…]






Roundup

Roundup causing Autism?

Stephanie Seneff, PhD,a senior research scientist from MIT, believes there is a correlation between Glyphosate (Roundup), and Autism. According to her studies, there is a link between the rising rates of autism, and the persistent use of Round-up. According to Dr Seneff, by the year 2025, one in two children will be autistic. You can Read more about Roundup causing Autism?[…]






Lawn care

Lawn Care | From Chemical to Organic

Organic lawn care is not that complicated. The main thing you need to know, is to feed the soil. 15 years ago I did not have a clue how to maintain lawns. I din’t even know there were several types of grass that could grow well in the Northeast. My routine was to go to Read more about Lawn Care | From Chemical to Organic[…]






Organic Lawn

Organic Lawn | Simple Tips

Organic lawn care doesn’t have to be complicated. There are just a few things you should consider, before applying anything to your lawn. 1. Take a soil sample. Without a soil sample, how do you know how much product is needed? After a few years, most organic lawns will not require any type of fertilizer, Read more about Organic Lawn | Simple Tips[…]






Atrazine in water

Atrazine | Environmental Pollution

Have you ever read the label on the weed and feed, or the chemical fertilizer you use? Does it contain Atrazine? Did you know, than in order to apply weed and feed, or any other pesticide in a property other than yours, you are required by law to have a pesticide license? Or that you Read more about Atrazine | Environmental Pollution[…]






Organic Landscaping

Organic Landscaping |And Being Truly Organic.

Not because your landscaper uses organic fertilizer doesn’t mean he or she is truly organic. Does it really make any difference to use organic products, when everybody else is using chemicals to kills weeds and pests? What is organic landscaping? What is the difference between an organic gardener and landscaper, and a conventional landscaper? The Read more about Organic Landscaping |And Being Truly Organic.[…]






Daisy

What Is A Weed?

What is a weed? A weed is a plant that is growing where it is not wanted. Is a misplaced plant. A weed is a messenger. It is telling us something about the soil. And, what do we do with the messengers? Pesticide is never going to solve the problem. Once the weed is dead Read more about What Is A Weed?[…]






Tree ID class

Dendrology (Tree ID) workshop.

On Saturday afternoon, November 22nd from noon until 2:00 pm, I will be teaching a free workshop about tree ID. I will guide participants through the mechanics of identifying woody plants including trees, shrubs and vines at the Hampton Falls Free Library, 7 Drinkwater Road, Hampton Falls, NH. The two hour class will be spent Read more about Dendrology (Tree ID) workshop.[…]






Raking Leaves

Bagging, Mulching, Or Raking Leaves?

How do you spend time every weekend now in the Fall? Raking leaves? There is a better way to dispose all those leaves from your garden. Bagging, Mulching or Raking Leaves? I always thought that, the less yard waste I removed from a property, the better. My main reason is because I want to use Read more about Bagging, Mulching, Or Raking Leaves?[…]






Organic gardener

I’m The “Weird” Organic Gardener

  I officially started my organic business in September 2004, and I was known as the weird organic gardener. Back then, I could only find a couple of organic products in just a few local nurseries. I started using Neptune’s Harvest seaweed fertilizer. I bought it in big drums, because I could not find anything Read more about I’m The “Weird” Organic Gardener[…]






IMG_0396 thumbnail

Oops! Bad timing applying fertilizer…

One of the great things about organic gardening is that, when you need to apply organic fertilizer, you know it is safe, because the products used are not water soluble. In other words, you don’t need to water anything in order for the product to start acting, or decomposing. We rely on the microorganisms in Read more about Oops! Bad timing applying fertilizer…[…]






Atrazine

Avoid Atrazine | Weed and Feed Fertilizer

Are you using the 5 step program to fertilize your lawn? Are you using Atrazine? It is Fall. And it is the time of the year when many homeowners and landscapers are applying the last round of chemical fertilizer. We have had a very cold, and dry summer. Many lawns were dormant because of the Read more about Avoid Atrazine | Weed and Feed Fertilizer[…]






Sardine Cakes

Sardine Cakes for Lunch

Sardine cakes is probably my favorite food (well, after my homemade french fries). They are high in omega-3’s, sustainable ( i.e., not over-fished ), wild, cheap, not high on the food chain (i.e., not high in mercury), and easy to have around. I don’t mind sardines on toast, and I love pasta with sardines, onion, Read more about Sardine Cakes for Lunch[…]






Stop GMO

Oregon family farmers launch ads to support GMO labeling.

“Foods derived from genetic engineering should be labeled, both because consumers have a right-to-know what they are eating and to identify any potential health problems that may arise from consumption of such foods” Michael Hansen Consumer’s Union, Senior Staff Scientist A group proposing labeling GMO foods launched a new ad about why GMOs should be Read more about Oregon family farmers launch ads to support GMO labeling.[…]






Organic vs Chemical

Price Cost Comparison | Organic Vs Chemical

Does it really make any difference to use organic practices? Why should I care if chemicals do a good job killing weeds? Is there any difference between Organic vs Chemical? The biggest property I maintain is roughly 6 acres big, although it is only 4 acres of that property, that is covered with grass. I Read more about Price Cost Comparison | Organic Vs Chemical[…]






Dog spots on lawn

Do I need a fungicide?

Chemical lawn. Previous company was treating the dark green spots with fungicide, and the seed heads with a weed killer. Those “pests” are nothing more than the family dog peeing on the lawn, and blue grass going to seed. Chemical guy gets fired, and organic guy gets hired. And this is why it is important Read more about Do I need a fungicide?[…]






Mulch

Mulch | Benefits of Using mulch

It is early Spring, and from now until the end of the Fall, landscapers and home owners like to spread mulch around trees, and along planting beds. It is beneficial for trees and shrubs, only if it is done properly. A common mistake is to pile mulch against tree trunks. Benefits of using mulch Too much mulch and Read more about Mulch | Benefits of Using mulch[…]






Healthy Lawn

First Step To A Healthy Lawn

How do I start? What products do I need? How much fertilizer, lime or compost do I need?  What is the very first step to a healthy lawn? 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 by garden Read more about First Step To A Healthy Lawn[…]