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[…]






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[…]






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 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[…]






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[…]






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[…]






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[…]






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?[…]






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[…]






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?[…]






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?[…]






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[…]






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[…]






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[…]






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?[…]






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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…[…]






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[…]






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[…]