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Category: Weeds

How to Kill Thistles Organically - Without Chemicals

July 07, 2014 by Alec McClennan

Youre heard the saying about a weed being any plant growing where it isnt wanted? I can tolerate a variety of weeds in a lawn, but thistles are not one of them. Thistles are frustrating if youre trying to have a kid friendly lawn - what kid wants to walk barefoot on a prickly thistle? Not mine. So, what to do. I dont want prickly weeds for my kids to step on but also dont want to use potentially dangerous chemicals on the lawn. Here is one approach Ive been using over the last year with good success. Its a little unorthodox, but if youre stuck between a thistle and a chemical, it might just be worth a try for you. Step 1: Purchase a Syringe Yes, its a little strange to use a syringe for organic weed control, but stay with me here. There are a variety of places online that sell syringes...heres a 10 ml syringe that will work well available from a website I used. Step 2: Purchase Adios Organic Weed Killer Adios Organic Weed Killer is a newer organic weed killer that works better

Posted in Weeds, Organic Weed Control, Summer Lawn Tips, Thistle

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

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

Quackgrass... Do not Call me Crabgrass

April 25, 2013 by Alec McClennan

Quackgrass is a weedy grass that probably gets its feelings hurt every time someone refers to it as crabgrass. Crabgrass gets all the glory. Its understandable to confuse quackgrass for crabgrass because they have some similar characteristics, a coarse leaf blade and lime green color that causes it to look different from the rest of the lawn. Heres a picture of Quackgrass taken this spring. If you see something that looks like crabgrass in the early spring in the midwest, you can be almost 100% sure that it isnt true crabgrass. Old Fashioned Tall Fescue is another grass that commonly is confused with crabgrass. Who cares whether its crabgrass, Tall Fescue or quackgrass you ask? Its still ugly and you still dont want it right? Well, it matters because if you dont know what type of grass youre dealing with, its difficult to know how to eliminate it. For example, pretend you see quackgrass in your lawn and assume its crabgrass, you might decide to apply a natural pre-emergent crabgrass

Posted in Organic Lawn Care, Corn Gluten Meal, Weeds, Crabgrass
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