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Category: Spring 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

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

Early Spring Lawn Care Tips the Organic Way

March 23, 2013 by Alec McClennan

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

Posted in Organic Lawn Care, Spring Lawn Tips, Snow Mold
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