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[…]






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[…]






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 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[…]






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[…]






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[…]






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[…]






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[…]






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?[…]






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[…]






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?[…]






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[…]






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?[…]






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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…[…]






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[…]