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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

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

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

NewAmericanLawn.com Review

March 15, 2013 by Alec McClennan

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

Posted in Organic Lawn Care, Grass Seed, TurfType Tall Fescue, Perennial Ryegrass, Microclover
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