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[…]






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[…]






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[…]






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[…]






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?[…]






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?[…]






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?[…]






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?[…]






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?[…]






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[…]