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[…]






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[…]






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[…]






NPK Fertilizer

NPK Fertilizer | Fertilizer Numbers

You have probably seen those numbers in a bag of fertilizer. Some landscapers will call it NPK fertilizer. Back then when I started my lawn care business I thought the bigger the number the better. And I think, that is what most people think. The more fertilizer I put, the greener the lawn, right? Well, Read more about NPK Fertilizer | Fertilizer Numbers[…]






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[…]






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[…]






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?[…]






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[…]






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…[…]






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[…]






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[…]






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?[…]






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?[…]