So the snow is melting and the birds are flying. The lawn isnt looking so hot and youre concerned about getting something on there to help get it going and prevent the much dreaded crabgrass from sprouting. What to do? Below is a standard Pre Emergent Crabgrass Control and fertilizer. It covers 13,000 square feet for $45. Problems Spreading Traditional Lawn Fertilizers The fertilizer pictured above contains something called a Pre-Emergent which kills seeds before they can become plants and in doing so prevents annual weeds, like crabgrass from getting well established. In order to do this, the chemical forms a blanket over your lawn that lasts for about 2-4 months and kills weeds as they sprout. Sounds great, but who wants to be rolling around on a blanket of chemicals all summer? Another issue with traditional fertilizers is that youre more likely to get striping like you see below, or burn spots. Consider An Organic Fertilizer Alternative This year, why not skip the chemical
For a beginner, Ramps can be hard to find. But once you acquire an eye for the smooth, narrow, and boat-tipped leaf with a red stalk, youll suddenly realize how plentiful the plant really is in Northeast Ohio. Ramps are wild greens with a mild onion flavor. They are best done with simple preparations. Try to saute or grill them with olive oil, salt, pepper, and a squeeze a lemon. Read more here. As foraging becomes a sustainable food trend, it is important to pick the plant properly to ensure its actual sustainability. Not only will pulling out the entire bulb make a mess in your kitchen, it will also keep it from returning the following year. Use scissors or a knife to remove the leaf and learn more here.
Life is busy. You probably have a long list of things that you consider more important than what you treat your lawn with right? Youre not alone, most people devote about 10 minutes thinking about their lawn when they see the dandelions sprout. At that point they either make a trip to the local hardware store or pickup the phone and call someone to come out and take care of the weeds. ll argue that what you put on your lawn is worth a little more thought. Why to Avoid Lawn Chemicals Traditional lawn chemicals have the potential to cause all kinds of health issues and there is very good reason to consider a healthier organic approach to your lawn care. Your lawn is supposed to contribute positively to your overall health. It should be a place that you and your family can run around, get some exercise and enjoy the fresh air. Why then, would we consider putting chemicals on the lawn that according to many can actually cause health issues? Visit Beyond Pesticides for more information
Tip 1 The Native Americans Called It Maize You can skip the chemical pre-emergent weed killer on your lawn. Do you really want a blanket of chemicals covering your yard for 4 months? These chemicals dont just disappear they linger and soak into the ground. Instead of these chemicals, opt for an all-natural weed suppressing fertilizer made from Corn Gluten Meal. If you must spread a chemical pre-emergent, make sure that its all on the lawn - sweep or blow-off any chemicals from the driveways and sidewalks to help slow or prevent the chemicals from running-off into your groundwater and also to protect innocent passers-by from the chemicals. Tip 2: Longer Grass Blades Mean Less Crabgrass Studies have shown that mowing your lawn at 3.5 inches (high) prevents as much crabgrass as any chemical treatment. Therefore, your second mowing of the year should be at your mowers highest setting (usually about 3.5 inches). Trust me on this. If you want to know why, here you go...Youre not supposed
Did you know that in 2011 over 16% of Lake Erie was covered with Toxic Algae? Yuck. The algae reduces fish populations and threatens Ohios Tourism industry. Check out this article from the New York Times and Cleveland Plain Dealer about Lake Eries condition and how Fertilizer Runoff is hurting Lake Erie. The top picture here is from the beginning of the summer and the bottom is from the fall. You can see how much algae grew over the course of the summer. Scientists say that the algae feeds on fertilizer runoff. The rain in the spring, the more fertilizer washes off into the storm drains, rivers, and ultimately Lake Erie. Much of the fertilizer run off is from farms, but plenty comes from lawn fertilizers. Water soluble lawn fertilizers easily dissolve in water and wash right off your lawn (or sidewalk if you dont clean the fertilizer off of it) and contribute to the problem. Learn More about How Fertilizers Pollute the Water here Want some good news? There are a few things you can
This link is a fun read with ideas that may inspire you to get started on your spring cleaning even earlier this year! The time you spend scrolling down through these 20 ideas will end up saving you time later on! Check them out here! One tip we know that they forgot: Ever wonder how to get heat marks off your wooden tables? Cover them with terry cloth and steam it heavily with your iron. Then move your iron a few times over the cloth, remove, and gone! Let us know if you have any to add to the list!
I heard a radio commercial for NewAmericanLawn.com on the radio today and decided to check it out. Specifically they mentioned Black Beauty Grass Seed that was a key ingredient to a beautiful lawn. Heres what I found... NewAmericanLawn.com is a website to promote Jonathan Green Lawn Products. It turns out that it really isnt that new, pretty much the standard lawn care program but they do have a lot of information about traditional chemical lawn care. NewAmericanLawn.com also offers some organic products like corn gluten meal and organic fertilizers. It does look like their corn gluten meal is not pelletized so you might want to apply it with a drop spreader rather than a broadcast spreader. If you do use a broadcast spreader, try to do it on a day that isnt windy to keep it from blowing everywhere. When we used to apply corn gluten meal that wasnt pelletized, Id come home yellow from head to toe...looked like a big bananna. By the way, we do sell Corng Gluten Meal online and can even
Is this going to be the year your lawn kicks the chemical habit? Are you ready to have a beautiful lawn without all the chemicals? If so, you can learn more at two upcoming seminars put on by Beyond Pesticides and Good Nature Organic Lawn Care in Rocky River. There are two different organic lawn care sessions. The first is geared towards maintaining public areas organically. It focuses on Organic Athletic Field care and non chemical lawn care approaches to maintaining parks and other public spaces. For More information check out this article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Interested in learning how to make your own rain barrel? Collect and store rainwater that would otherwise be lost to runoff and likely diverted to a storm drain and help prevent sewage runoff into Lake Erie. Learn how to make your own rain barrel at one of ten upcoming workshops. Click Here for Details.
Doctors and nurses want British Columbians to think about whether a green lawn and bug-free plants are worth the risk of cancer, birth defects or neurological disorders such as Parkinsons or Alzheimers diseases. Read More...
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