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[…]






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[…]






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[…]






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[…]






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[…]






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[…]






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.[…]






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[…]






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[…]






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?[…]






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?[…]






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?[…]






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[…]






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?[…]






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[…]






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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…[…]






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?[…]






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[…]