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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

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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

Grub Damage in a Lawn

September 21, 2013 by Alec McClennan

A Grub Damaged Lawn - Does your lawn look like? Its kind of a bummer when you wake up one day and your lawn is turning brown. To add insult to injury the local skunks and racoons take up residence in your lawn. Whats going on here? Its classic White Grub Damage. Youll notice White Grub damage in Late September and October and its particularly bad during years when we get a lot of rainfall in July and/or August (or if you water your lawn). Summer rains attract grubs to your lawn and then keep their eggs hydrated (alive) long enough for them to turn into baby grubs. Baby grubs are really hungry and can quickly devestate a lawn (like the lawn pictured above). How to Prevent Grub Damage Without Chemicals So you dont want your lawn destroyed by grubs, but you dont want to use a chemical to kill them? There are a lot of good reasons to avoid using the standard grub control chemicals which are linked to many bird deaths and honeybee colony collapse disorder. In addition, the grub chemicals

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

How to Control Grubs Without Chemicals

August 14, 2013 by Alec McClennan

Have you been looking for a natural way to kill grubs in your lawn? An organic grub killer? Are you concerned that your lawn might be at risk for Grub Damage? The good news is that you can control grubs without using chemicals! Read on for some tips. Tip 1: Water Properly The first step in Natural Grub Prevention is to water your lawn properly. How does watering affect grubs? First lets take a look at what a grub is and its lifecycle. The image above shows how a Japanese Beetle comes out of the ground in late June, feeds on plants through the summer, and then lays eggs that turn into grubs in the fall. Have you ever watched Japanese Beetles closely in the summer? Youll often seem them stacked on top of each other, hard at work making some eggs. In order for the Japanese Beetle Eggs to turn into grubs, they need moisture. So, if you water your lawn every day during the summer, youre giving the grub eggs just what they need to survive! So if you dont water your lawn, it will probably

Posted in Organic Lawn Care, Pesticides, TurfType Tall Fescue, Tips, Natural Pest Solutions, Grubs, Organic Grub Control

Why My Grass is Greener

July 30, 2013 by Alec McClennan

Its the middle of July, Ive watered my lawn once this season and havent used any chemical fertilizers or pesticides and have the nicest lawn on the block. Whats the secret you ask? There isnt one secret, its a combination of doing a lot of little things correctly. To steal someones line, Im not showing you these pictures to impress you, but to impress upon you how easy it can be to have a nice looking lawn without using chemcials. Im not sure that having a nice lawn is that impressive anyway, but it shouldnt be difficult to achieve if thats what youd like to do. First, here are a few pictures to illustrate my point... Heres one of my neighbors lawns that is mowed way to short and has allowed crabgrass and other weeds to get established. Heres the divider between my neighbors lawn and my lawn - the left side is the neighbors lawn. You can see in the picture below how my lawn looks nice and healthy and green compared to the neighbors and others on the street. How do you have a

Posted in Liquid Aeration, Aerify Plus, Organic Lawn Care, Grass Seed, TurfType Tall Fescue, Organic Fertilizer, Weeds, Tips, Organic Weed Control, Summer Lawn Tips

How to Kill Clover Without Chemicals

June 01, 2013 by Alec McClennan

Does your lawn look like the lawn pictured below? Are you seeing a lot of white flowers in your lawn and dont like the look of them? Maybe youre concerned about the clover attracting bees and making it more likely for your kids to get stung? If this is your lawn and youd like to get some more grass and less clover, keep reading, well get there... Why You Might Want to Keep Your Clover But, before we talk about How to Eliminate Clover without using chemicals, lets spend a second looking at the benefits of clover and perhaps convince you that youd like to keep the clover after all. Reason 1: Clover Fertilizes Your Lawn Clover has a symbiotic relationship with bacteria that attach themselves to its roots. These bacteria can absorb nitrogen (the main nutrient that gives grass its green color) from the atmosphere, meaning that it doesnt need to be fertilized. Even better, if you have a good mix of clover (or microclover) you shouldnt need to fertilize your lawn much. Contrary to poplular

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

20 Simple Tricks to Make Spring Cleaning So Much Easier!

March 15, 2013 by Leslie Marcuse

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!

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