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[…]






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[…]






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[…]






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 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[…]






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?[…]






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[…]






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…[…]






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?[…]






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[…]






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[…]






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?[…]






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[…]