Seasonal Pet Safety Tips from Good Nature Organic Lawn Care Fall/Winter 2018 Safe Storage of Lawn Garden Products Its time to put many summer items away for winter, including all those fertilizers, pesticides and other lawn garden products we didnt use up. Safe storage of lawn care products is extremely important to safeguard your household pets. If moving lawn care products inside your garage for the winter, please double check they are securely and safely sealed and out of reach. Some products may be hazardous chemicals that are unsafe for nosey petsand children. Consider replacing any toxic chemicals or pesticides with safer, healthier alternatives. Make sure that any bagged or boxed products are not accessible to rodents. They could chew an opening and leave materials all over your garage or shed. Speaking of Rodents! Organic Rodent Control As the temperature continues to drop, rodents move inside to find warmth and nesting locations. Please be very careful with any rodenticides.
There are a variety of critters who sometimes frequent our lawns and can cause issues while theyre looking for food. Moles tunnel under the ground and can create a mess, especially in the Spring. Skunks and Racoons are more of an issue in the Fall as they work to fatten up for winter. Why are Animals Digging In My Lawn? Animals will dig because theyre hungry. Moles, Skunks, and Racoons all eat a variety of worms, insects, and grubs. Just because you have Animals Digging, it does not mean that you have a grub problem. Animals will dig in search of food and return to places where theyve found food in the past. How Many Grubs is too Many? A healthy lawn can tolerate up to 5 grubs per square foot. An average size lawn is 5000 square feet, so that is 25,000 grubs! Its not possible to kill all the grubs, even if you resort to using a chemical that sits on the lawn for months. Using a natural grub suppression treatment like beneficial nematodes is a good idea to minimize one of the food sources
Conventional lawn maintenance includes regular use of synthetic lawn chemicals, such as fertilizers and pesticides, which are typically applied repeatedly throughout the season. After every application a portion of the chemical is taken up by the soil and plants, but the remainder may be washed away during rainstorms where it can make its way into streams and lakes. This type of pollution is known as runoff. There is already clear evidence that links runoff from roads and farms to pollution in rivers and lakes, but, more recently, research indicates that the contribution from urban lawns is also significant. These chemicals dont discriminate they act as fertilizers and pesticides wherever they go. Nutrient pollution from fertilizer is essentially a too much of a good thing type of problem. In lawns and on farms they are intended to help grow desired plants, but when this fertilizer reaches a lake it spurs the growth of aquatic plants and algae and may have negative effects. For example,
What is Hybrid Organic Lawn Care? (Spoiler Alert: Its a wolf in sheeps clothing) It seems that choosing an organic lawn care company is getting more difficult. Back in 1999, when Good Nature Organic Lawn Care was founded, there was one type of lawn care company and they all used the same lawn care chemicals. Nobody really questioned whether using chemicals on their lawn was a good idea or not. People assumed that since the chemicals are approved by the government, they must be safe. Truth is, lawn care chemicals are not safe and any lawn care company that tells you that they use safe lawn care chemicals is breaking the law. At Good Nature, we use vegetable meals, proteins, sea plant extracts, humus containing products, plant oils, and micronutrients to keep grass and plants healthy so that they can defend themselves from insects and disease while defending their territory against weed invasion.It might surprise you to know that youll find many of our ingredients in the food you eat and
Conditions This Bad Not Seen In A Decade! What a summer! Drought-like conditions in July followed by rain, rain and more rain in August. Unfortunately, those are perfect conditions for infectious lawn diseases. Honestly, we havent seen this type of disease-favorable weather in 10 years! Think of it as the perfect storm for lawn disease. Diseases like brown patch, dollar spot, Pythium blight, leaf spot diseases and the appearance of symptoms of summer patch and necrotic ring spot. While temperature and moisture can bring on these diseases, there are other factors that take over once the disease becomes established. Also, some grasses are more affected than others by lawn disease...but all lawns are affected... Kentucky Bluegrass * Less prone to brown patch, dollar spot, gray leaf spot and Pythium blight * Very susceptible to root diseases such as necrotic ring spot and summer patch * Can tolerate some infection * During periods like is past summer, infection-impaired plants cannot
Theyre baaaack! This year, cicada bugs (a.k.a. 17-year locusts) will emerge in Northeast Ohio. Cicadas live almost all of their 17 year life underground before emerging. When they emerge, cicada nymphs climb trees, shed their skin and fly. The one goal of the flying adult cicada is to mate and produce more cicadas. The good news is that these adult cicadas will live only four to six weeks (males die shortly after mating). But its going to be a noisy four to six weeks. From sunrise to sunset we will be hearing the high pitched and shrill mating song of the males. Where a lot of these insects are present their singing can be quite annoying. Because so many of them (think millions) will descend on us all at once, they can harm your young trees and shrubs. When the female lays her eggs, she looks for the small branches of deciduous trees (not pine trees). This applies to trees like Apple, Cherry, Dogwood, Japanese Maple, Hickory, Oak, Maple, Ash, Holly, Willow, etc. They will even plant
What is Aeration? More often than not when people have aeration in mind, it is the kind where a machine is used to poke holes in the ground or pull soil-core plugs out of the ground. There are more ways than one to aerate the soil though and, believe it or not, the molehill you may detest so much is actually a sign nature is aerating your lawn for free! Why Your Lawn May Need Aeration? - The soil in your yard is compacted. - Pools of water can be found in spots or all over the lawn after irrigation or rainfall. - Water retention is low and it seems like most of the water is just running straight off when you try to water the lawn. - There are many worn areas in your lawn, maybe where there is high foot traffic. - Your lawn has a lot of thatch built up. No reason: aerating once annually even if you have none of these problems is seeing as air is just as vital for the soil and your lawns root *system as it is for you and me! Proper coring also leaves the plugs on the lawn (little
Spring is here and youre wondering what to do with the lawn? Should you hire a Traditional Lawn care company? Hire a Natural Lawn Care Company? Hire an Organic Lawn Care Company? Or, should you just buy lawn fertilizer and treat the lawn yourself? What is the difference between a Natural Lawn Care Company and an Organic Lawn Care Company? Well do the best we can to answer these questions in the blog post below. What is Traditional Lawn Care? When we talk about traditional lawn care, were referring to a program that uses synthetic fertilizers to feed the grass and then uses synthetic pesticides to treat insects, diseases, weeds, and other issues that come up. These synthetic fertilizers and pesticides became popular after World War II and havent been in existence for very long in human history, but long enough to become traditional. Synthetic fertilizers contain water soluble nutrient salts in a form that the plants can readily absorb. The benefit of a water soluble lawn fertilizer
If youre going to the store trying to decide what is the best organic lawn fertilizer this season, one of the organic product lines youll run into is Espoma Espoma has been around a long time and have been authentically involved in producing organic fertilizers since before it became a hot field. Some of their products are bridge or organic based lawn fertilizers and not truly organic, but they do offer truly organic lawn fertilizers as well. Espoma Organic Lawn Food is a 9-0-0 analysis and is designed for use on your lawn at any time of the year. If youre going to use Espoma Organic Lawn Food, youll probably want to do 4 treatments per year using 5-10 lbs per thousand square feet with each treatment. In the Midwest, you can follow the Easter, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving schedule of applications. Id put down the heavier rate on Easter and Labor Day while leaning towards the lower rate on Memorial Day and Thanksgiving. Espoma Organic Lawn Food is made from 2 organic fertilizer
Benefits for Using Organic Neem Cakes as a Soil Amendment The use of Neem, in its various forms, in gardening and farming for amending the soil is a well-known practice. What is good about Neem too is that various research studies have been done, and it has been proven that Neem extracts are non-toxic to humans. These extracts also arent toxic to birds, to beneficial insects and help to protect crops from over 200 crop eating pests. Where does Neem come from? Neem comes from the Neem tree which is a tropical evergreen tree. This tree is native to India as well as other southeastern countries on the globe. Now the Neem tree also has many other uses besides just for enhancing soil. The seeds bark and leaves all contain compounds of the Neem tree are proven antiseptics, antivirals, antipyretics, anti-inflammatories, and antifungals in their uses. The Neem tree is thus called the village pharmacy in India because of all the ways its used. However, Neem does have a garlic-like odor as well
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.