Good Nature Organic Lawn Care Blog

Author: Kirsten Johnson

Mice and Moles Love Our Mild Winter

February 22, 2016 by Kirsten Johnson

Its true. With our warmer than normal winter, mice and moles have been very active...above and below ground. With our recent thaw, you might have seen evidence of tunnels in your yard from field mice and moles burrowing under the snow. In fact, many of them will breed during this time of year, which means more of these critters in the spring. So why do moles and mice burrow on your property? Theres food nearby. If you have an abundance of insects in your soil, the mice and moles are more likely to stay put. You may have sandy or soft soil around your yard or foundation. They can still burrow below the snow and get underground. But, with our milder winter, the ground did not freeze very far down. Your neighbor made his property unfriendly to these critters The good news is that they can help create a healthy yard by aerating your lawn and getting rid of many pests in the ground. But, if you want them gone, heres a few things you can do: They dont like to locate where the lawn is

Posted in Winter, Pest Control

5 Advantages to Winter Pruning

February 03, 2016 by Kirsten Johnson

Winter can be an ideal time to prune most tree and shrubs Correct pruning is a landscape practice that can enhance the health, vigor and aesthetics of your trees and shrubs. Below are Five advantages to pruning in the winter: 1. During the winter, most woody plants are dormant and so are the many diseases and insects that can potentially invade pruning cuts. 2. After leaves have fallen, it is much easier to see the plants overall form and structure. Damaged and diseased branches are more readily apparent when not obscured by foliage. 3. Pruning in the late summer or early fall can stimulate new growth that may not harden off before the cold weather. This is not a concern during the winter. 4. Winter pruning is good for your plants, leaving them with extra root and energy reserves to quickly heal wounds and support vigorous spring growth that will obscure the pruning cuts. 5. Winter pruning is also good for you, giving you a reason to go outside on a mild winter day to enjoy your

Posted in Winter, Tree Care

Hazardous Chemicals in your Garage

February 02, 2016 by Kirsten Johnson

Did you know that there could be hazardous chemicals in your garage? Many people unknowingly stock their garages with toxic landscape care chemicals. We would like to make it easy for you to replace your old chemicals with safer, healthier alternatives. Just visit our online store at store.whygoodnature.com. There you can order the gardening products you'll need for all the season. So, make 2016 the year that you get the harmful chemicals out of your garage and replace them with healthier alternatives. Here are a few of our favorite products for spring (there are a lot more online): Pro Mix Spot Seed Patch Mix - One of the best ways to prevent weeds from entering your lawn is to continually seed any areas that are bare. Early spring is a great time to do this! 5lb Bag is Just $14.99 Adios -A semi-selective product to kill weeds but not grass. You can supplement our applications if you wish with this all natural product. Burnout Organic Grass and Weed Killer - If you'd like

Posted in Organic Tips

Winter Lawn Seeding - It Works!

December 11, 2015 by Kirsten Johnson

Seeding Options in the late fall and early winter - Slice or Broadcast Seeding? When you think about planting grass, spring comes to mind as the best time. But, can you believe that it's not only not the best time, it isn't even the second best time. The best time to seed your lawn is in the late summer when the soil is warm and there isn't much weed competition.The second best time to seed your lawn isnt the spring though, it's the winter. That's right, it is not too late to get a jump on your new spring lawn.As long as the ground is not frozen, Good Nature can use a Slice Seeder to get those hardy seeds into the ground so they're ready to germinate come warmer spring weather. In fact, there are some benefits to Dormant Seeding in the late fall and early winter: *Winter Seedings are less reliant on watering because the soil is typically wet coming out of winter and spring rains are likely. Watering come spring however will improve the odds of a successful seeding, especially if we

Posted in WInter Tips

Safe Salting this Winter

December 04, 2015 by Kirsten Johnson

The icy cold weather is on its way! Its time to think about how to keep your walkways clear of slippery ice without harming your walkways, plants, lawn, and pets. We have listed a few tips to help this winter when applying de-icers! Step 1: Remove the top layer of snow using a shovel or snow blower. This will help the salt get directly to the ice. Step 2: Apply the ice melt correctly. Using either a hand sifter or cup spread the ice melt thin and evenly. You dont need a lot of salt to get the desired results. You will need to wear gloves if you decide to toss the ice melt, some products can irritate or burn your hands. Step 3: Protect your driveway, plants and lawn. Again, use ice melt in moderation. Products containing salt, although natural, in large amounts is not good for your walkways and vegetation. Try to keep the products off your lawn and plants.If you are concerned, water them when you get a break from the weather. You can also cover larger shrubs and bushes around the bases

Posted in Winter Tips

Gifts for the Holidays!

November 28, 2015 by Kirsten Johnson

GOOD NATURE HAS A FEW GIFT IDEAS FOR YOU! The holiday season is just around the corner, and what could be more thoughtful gift than the gift of a healthier, heartier, more robust lawn...the natural way? Speedy Weedy - Fun and Easy to Use! The Speedy Weedy is literally addictive - once you start plucking out the weeds its difficult to stop. Microclover - Add some more green to your holiday decor! Adding clover, especially our special Microgreen microclover to your lawn will keep it greener during the summer with less water than your neighbors use, reduce fertilizer use, and eliminate the need for chemical weed killers because over time the clover will thicken up and crowd out weeds like dandelions....and its cute! We have some smaller items that would be great Holiday Stocking Stuffers! Dog Rocks -For those who love their dogs and their lawn An effective, innovative, convenient and 100% natural product used to stop urine burn patches appearing on the lawn when the

Posted in Gifts, Services

Preparing Your Mower for Winter Storage

November 12, 2015 by Kirsten Johnson

Once the mowing stops you should tune it up and sharpen the blade so that its at peak performance for the Spring. A sharp blade and a smooth running engine will actually make your grass healthier and greenerMowing with a sharp blade will help your lawn look better! Take the time to prepare your mower for a long winter hibernation Follow the steps below each fall or Contact Good Nature,if you are in our service area, to have us pickup your mower, give it the TLC described below and then return it to you in the spring. Step 1: Drain The Gasoline All the ethanol in our gasoline attracts condensation and causes your gasoline to become mixed with water when it sits for along time (like over the winter). The Ethanol in your gasoline is also corrosive and can damage the carburetor. To keep your lawn mower in good shape over the winter, you need to drain the gas. Note: Weve found that fuel stabilizers do NOT work at preserving fuel over the winter. In many cases, they can make the situation

Posted in Winter, Storage, Damaged Grass

Mowing Your Grass in the Fall

October 29, 2015 by Kirsten Johnson

The leaves are falling so its time to start thinking about what you need to do to get your lawn ready for winter. Mowing is an important job that, if done correctly, can help reduce the amount of snow mold (brown spots) you have in your lawn when the snow melts next spring. How to Mow Your Lawn to Prepare it for Winter Once the grass growth slows down, continue to mow your lawn each week like you normally would . Each week youll be able to lower your cutting height a little bit so that youre always removing 1/4 - 1/3 of the grass blade. Do this until the lawn is about 2 - 2.5 inche tall and continue to mow at that height for as long as the grass is actively growing. Continuing to mow your lawn so that it is short (but not scalped) over the winter, will help prevent snow mold come spring time. How to Adjust Your Lawn Mower Cutting Height Most mowers allow you to adjust the height of each wheel. If you raise the wheel, you lower the cutting deck and as a result, get a shorter cutting

Posted in Fall Mowing, Lawn Tips, Organic, Natural Lawn
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