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Category: Lawn Tips

How To Stop Animals From Digging Up The Lawn

September 10, 2018 by Alec McClennan

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

Posted in How To, Lawn Tips, General, Organic Lawn Care, Natural Pest Solutions

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

Multi Colored Patchy Lawn

May 20, 2014 by Alec McClennan

Is your lawn a variety of colors right now? Chances are its because your lawn is made up of a patchwork of grasses. It is important to know as much as you can about the different types of grasses in your lawn and how they behave so that you know what to expect from them. If the patchy lawn bothers you, you can choose the correct solution. Ive seen a lot of people assume that their dormant Rough Bluegrass is an insect problem. They go out an needlessly apply a potentially dangerous insecticide for no reason that doesnt solve their problem. Knowing the types of grass in your lawn really helps you formulate a plan for your lawn. Here are some grass types that you might be seeing right now in Ohio and throughout the midwest. Rough Bluegrass Rough Bluegrass is a weedy grass type that thrives in wet, shady lawn areas. It has stolons which is a fancy name for an above ground root that allows it to climb over other grasses. Thats why youll see it start in a small patch and get gradually bigger.

Posted in Organic Lawn Care, TurfType Tall Fescue, Lawn Tips

Early Spring Lawn Care Tips

March 28, 2014 by Alec McClennan

Tip 1: Give Your Lawn a Fluff Over the winter lawns will often develop something called snow mold which is just matted down dead looking patches of grass. Snow mold can kill the leaves but 99 times out of 100 it does not kill the plant itself. So, if you use a light leaf rake to fluff it up once it dries out to improve air circulation, the plants should turn green again as they start to grow. If you want to throw a little grass seed down to jumpstart the process after raking, that isnt a bad idea. Tip 2: Buffer Salt to Prevent Crabgrass All the snow over the winter means that there was a lot of salt put down on the roads. Grass doesnt grow well in salty soils, but weeds and especially crabgrass love it. Our Aerify Plus contains humates and soil conditioners which both help salt leach through the soil and buffer the negative effects of salt on your grass and plants. One Hose End Sprayer will cover about 8,000 square feet. Pay special attention to areas that are near the street (tree

Posted in Aeirfy Plus, Organic Lawn Care, Spring Lawn Tips, Choosing An Organic Lawn Care Company, Lawn Tips, Organic Fertilizer, How To, Crab Grass, Organic Weed Control

Brrrrr... 3 Ways to Protect Your Plants This Winter!

January 31, 2014 by Alec McClennan

Winter Plant Care Tips: Tip 1: Use Salt in Moderation De-icing salts are useful for keeping walkways clear of slippery ice, but are toxic to most plants. Use caution when applying salt to prevent it from getting onto lawns and planting beds. If de-icing salts have gotten into beds or on lawns, flushing these areas well with water in the spring may help to prevent damage to plants by diluting the salt and preventing salt build up in the soil. We recommend Magic Salt because it contains natural materials that make it more plant friendly but it should still be used in moderation. Click Here to Purchase Magic Salt with Free Home Delivery (to our service areas in Cleveland, Akron Columbus). Tip 2: Water in the Winter? Evergreen plants can lose moisture during the winter through their leaves, especially during cold days when it is sunny or windy. However, this water can not be replaced when the soil is frozen. This can result in tissue desiccation, where the foliage turns brown and may

Posted in Lawn Tips, Magic Salt

Why NOT to Rake Your Leaves This Year

October 19, 2013 by Alec McClennan

Excited to get out and rake your leaves this weekend? If not, heres some good news: You Can Prevent Weeds Naturally by NOT Raking Your Leaves! Dont Rake...Mow Your Leaves You know you should get the fallen leaves off your lawn so they dont smother and kill your grass. Heres a time saving tip. This year, get out the mower and mulch them in. Did you know that mulching leaves into a lawn reduces dandelions by 60% according to a study at Michigan State? Learn More and Watch our Mulching Your Leaves How To Video. Youll find some tips and tricks for mulching your leaves correctly. Here are some steps: 1) Rake or Blow Leaves from your beds out into your lawn. 2) Run over the leaves a few times with the mower to chop them into small pieces. 3) Lightly rake the chopped leaves into a pile (much smaller than if you hadnt mowed). 4) Mow that pile a few more times and rake the remaining leaves into the lawn. The important thing to remember is that you dont want your leaves to smother

Posted in Organic Lawn Care, Lawn Tips, Organic Fertilizer, Weeds, Tips, Organic Weed Control

Control Nutsedge Organically

August 20, 2013 by Alec McClennan

Do you have a shiny green grass that grows faster than the rest of your lawn and sticks out like a sore thumb? Does it look like the image below? If so, its actually not a grass, its a sedge. Nutsedge Heres a Nutsedge closeup. Notice the shape of the leaf and the triangular stem. Those are the identifying characteristics of Nutsedge. What is a Sedge Doing in Your Lawn? Sedges are plants that are typically best adapted to growing in poorly drained and tight swamp soils. I usually see nutsedge at its worst when the soil is poorly drained and/or compacted. How to Control Nutsedge in Your Lawn There is no great organic control for killing nutsedge in your lawn - other than pulling them very carefully when theyre just starting to sprout in the spring. Do this when the soil is moist and you can work to get the entire root including the little nutlet - youll know it when you see it. If you dont get the entire root parts, the nutsedge will continue to return. But, if you can pull a majority

Posted in Liquid Aeration, Aeirfy Plus, Organic Lawn Care, Lawn Tips, Weeds, Crabgrass, Tips, Organic Weed Control, Organic Lawn, Nutsedge

Can I Seed if I Applied Corn Gluten Meal?

April 11, 2013 by Alec McClennan

We get this question a lot. You want to apply corn gluten meal to help feed your lawn and discourage weeds like crabgrass from germinating but you have some bare spots that youd like to seed. What to do? In my experience, Corn Gluten Meal seems to allow perennial grasses to sprout more easily than annual weeds. I have no idea why thats the case. But, it means that it is generally ok to seed spots in your lawn even if you have put down corn gluten meal. For best seeding results, Id recommend applying the corn gluten meal over your entire lawn and then going around to the bare spots in your lawn and seeding them with a spot seeding mix like our Pro Mix Lawn Patch Repair Seed. It contains a blend that will tolerate sun or shade pretty well and get established quickly. In addition, it has recycled newspaper fibers that help hold water near the seed AND a special polymer gel that keeps everything from washing away. Its a great choice for fixing bare patches in your lawn. Note: If youve renovated

Posted in Organic Lawn Care, Grass Seed, Lawn Tips, Organic Fertilizer, How To, Corn Gluten Meal

Another Reason I Don't Like Lawn Chemicals

April 08, 2013 by Alec McClennan

It finally felt like spring this past weekend and it was great to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather. The only downside of this time of year is the spring lawn chemical applications everyone puts down. One of my big pet peeves is walking through the neighborhood and trying to figure out which lawn is producing the chemical smell so that we can try to avoid it. In the picture below, youll notice big piles of fertilzier / weed preventer AND a huge amount of bare spots. Chemical Pre Emergent Weed Killer and Fertilizer Application This photo bothers me for a few reasons, here they are: 1. It Smells The area just stunk of chemicals. Its hard to tell my 3 year old (notice the caped biker up ahead) to stop breathing as he rolls by. Chemicals can enter your system through inhalation, so it isnt crazy to try to hold your breath as you walk by lawns treated with chemicals. Kids are more susceptible to the issues these chemicals cause too. 2. It Follows You Home The sidewalk

Posted in Organic Lawn Care, Perennial Ryegrass, Tips, Spring Lawn Tips, Snow Mold, Lawn Tips, Applying Fertilizer, How To, Corn Gluten Meal

Choosing a Spring Lawn Fertilizer

March 28, 2013 by Alec McClennan

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

Posted in Organic Lawn Care, Lawn Tips, Organic Fertilizer, Applying Fertilizer, How To, Corn Gluten Meal

Choosing a Lawn Care Company

March 25, 2013 by Alec McClennan

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

Posted in Organic Lawn Care, Choosing An Organic Lawn Care Company, Lawn Tips
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