Good Nature Organic Lawn Care Blog

Month: July 2014

How to Fight Mosquitoes Without DEET or Chemicals

July 07, 2014 by Alec McClennan

Wouldnt it be nice if you could enjoy summer without being eaten alive by mosquitoes? Good News - You Can! Read on for some tips to help avoid the itch that comes with Mosquito Bites... How To Avoid Mosquito Bites - Naturally There are a variety of tactics for keeping mosquitoes from biting you but many involve potentially harmful chemicals like DEET or Pyrethroids. Here are some natural methods to fight off mosquitoes: Step 1: Use Mosquito Repelling Soap Studies in the Journal of American Mosquito Control Association show that using Neem Oil and Coconut Oil mixed together will repel mosquitoes for up to 8 hours. Good Nature offers a Neem Oil soap that in addition to Neem contains B Vitamins, Lemon Essential Oil, and Tea Tree Oil. All of which have health benefits as well as mosquito repelling properties. Why not use a healthy soap that also repels mosquitoes? Note that this soap makes no claims of mosquito repelling, but Ive found it to be helpful. Step 2: Consider a Natural

Posted in Mosquitos, Tips

How to Kill Thistles Organically - Without Chemicals

July 07, 2014 by Alec McClennan

Youre heard the saying about a weed being any plant growing where it isnt wanted? I can tolerate a variety of weeds in a lawn, but thistles are not one of them. Thistles are frustrating if youre trying to have a kid friendly lawn - what kid wants to walk barefoot on a prickly thistle? Not mine. So, what to do. I dont want prickly weeds for my kids to step on but also dont want to use potentially dangerous chemicals on the lawn. Here is one approach Ive been using over the last year with good success. Its a little unorthodox, but if youre stuck between a thistle and a chemical, it might just be worth a try for you. Step 1: Purchase a Syringe Yes, its a little strange to use a syringe for organic weed control, but stay with me here. There are a variety of places online that sell syringes...heres a 10 ml syringe that will work well available from a website I used. Step 2: Purchase Adios Organic Weed Killer Adios Organic Weed Killer is a newer organic weed killer that works better

Posted in Weeds, Organic Weed Control, Summer Lawn Tips, Thistle

How to Care for Roses Organically

July 02, 2014 by Alec McClennan

f you want to enjoy beautiful roses without using any chemicals to maintain them, you can! Roses are among the most beautiful shrubs in our landscape and can require a great degree of care. Heres a quick guide for caring for your rose bushes without any chemicals. Step 1: Select a Resistant Rose Variety Rose bushes vary greatly in their susceptibility to a number of pests including diseases (black spot, powdery mildew, cedar apple rust) and insects (japanese beetles love roses). If youre just getting ready to plant roses, you might consider newer varieties that are easy to care for. One brand that has minimal issues is a family called KNOCK OUT Roses. They look great and are relatively easy to care for. Heres a picture of a typical KNOCK OUT Rose. If youre a rose purist, you may be more interested in heirloom varieties which can perhaps be more interesting but also more prone to insect and disease issues. We can help you grow either, but the knockouts are a lower maintenance solution. Step

Posted in Organic Rose Care
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