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[…]






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[…]






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[…]






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[…]






over-fertilized

Over-Fertilized Lawn | Burned Grass

Have you over-fertilized your lawn? Did this ever happen to you? You set your drop spreader at the rate that was suggested. You are so focused on what you are doing, that after a few minutes you notice you have been spreading the fertilizer at a much faster rate than it was recommended. Or maybe you Read more about Over-Fertilized Lawn | Burned Grass[…]






Best lawn fertilizer

Best Lawn Fertilizer

Depending who do you ask, you will get different answers regarding what is the best lawn fertilizer. For the past 16 years I have been using several types of fertilizer. Granular and liquid. Some of them certified organic, and some others I got them directly form the source, like seaweed, chicken poop, etc… I like Read more about Best Lawn Fertilizer[…]






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[…]






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?[…]






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[…]






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

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 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.[…]






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[…]