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Traditional Vs Organic Lawn Care. What is Truth or Myth?

Traditional Vs Organic Lawn Care. What is Truth or Myth?

  All Winter you have committed yourself to buy fruits and vegetables from the organic section at Big Y, and possibly even switched to homeopathic herbal remedies over some prescription medications. All this in a high-cost effort to live more “naturally”, or to reduce your carbon footprint.  Now that Spring has arrived, it’s time to consider organic options for your Lawn, and quantify their effectiveness.  But before you jump into your local Agway searching for Corn Gluten Meal and Vinegar based weed products, let’s discover some truths and myths about the two options you have available for yard maintenance. Check Out Our Related Article: https://greenteamct.com/7-organic-lawn-care-tips-to-try-this-year Myth: All Pesticides Cause Cancer Truth: In a recent lawsuit of the manufacturer of “Round-Up” weed killer, Montansanto Inc., it was discovered that there was a sufficient correlation between one farmer’s cancer diagnosis and his heavy use of the product on crops.  This case was recently overturned and the EPA has since documented that Round-Up definitively does not cause cancer. Also, this lawsuit never applied to controlled products use by licensed lawn professionals. Check Out: https://greenteamct.com/2020/05/04/u-s-epa-reaffirms-that-glyphosate-does-not-cause-cancer/   Myth: Vinegar or Baking Soda Kills Weeds as Well As Chemicals Truth: Baking Soda acts as a desiccant, which means it dries out plant parts to their death. While on the other hand, the active ingredient in Vinegar, Acetic Acid, kills plants & grasses by causing a deadly pH acid balance. These two methods are effective at killing most small weeds and some insects, when used at high concentrations, but do not offer any long term effect beyond the time of application. Additionally, these methods are non-selective...
How to Get Rid of and Prevent Moss in Your Lawn. Organically.

How to Get Rid of and Prevent Moss in Your Lawn. Organically.

  Many homeowners trying to get rid of moss in the lawn fail to realize that moss plants are an indicator that you currently have less than ideal conditions for growing grass. So this weed is not the cause of your problems, but an effect. The potential causes behind the problem are: Low soil pH Lack of necessary nutrients in the soil Poor drainage Excessive shade Consequently, you have to understand that the job of getting rid of moss (permanently) has only just begun when you remove the particular patch of moss growing in your lawn at the present time. You must follow up that initial removal with some investigative work, to determine why moss would grow in the area to begin with, in spite of your attempts to grow grass there. If you fail to discover which of the potential causes behind the problem applies to your own lawn, a new patch of moss will simply take the place of the old one. Firing the Initial Salvo How do you get rid of the moss currently growing in the lawn? Well, since moss is shallow-rooted, you may be able simply to rake it out. But if you do need to apply an herbicide, take note that there are both chemical and organic options. Among the latter, baking soda is sometimes used, as well as soap (both Safer soap and the type of soap you use to wash dishes). For example, some people recommend filling a garden sprayer with 2 gallons of lukewarm water and mixing in a box of baking soda. Others mix dish soap (Dawn Ultra seems to be the preferred product) and water...
Why My Lawn Is Brown But My Neighbor’s Looks Great: Part 2.

Why My Lawn Is Brown But My Neighbor’s Looks Great: Part 2.

   Last year we took a very shallow dive into the topic of having a brown yard, while your neighbor’s lawn is lush & green.  We talked about very basic causes of brown lawn like low improper mowing and drought.  Here we will dive deep into the pathology of brown lawns so that you can get a better understanding of what your neighbors may be doing differently. Read Part 1 of this series here: https://greenteamct.com/2018/07/16/2-big-reasons-why-your-lawn-is-brown-and-your-neighbors-isnt/   Start With Your Soil If you’ve ever noticed your neighbor probing the ground and holding small viles of murky liquid to the sun, you may be witnessing a homeowner pH test at work.  This would indicate they have found and corrected a pH imbalance in their yard that may exist still in yours.  To have a green lawn you MUST start with the soil, and the first thing to check is the pH. Poor pH is a common culprit of browning grass. Compaction is another major soil factor that kills grass.  Tightly compacted soil suffocates grassroots and drains the chlorophyll that makes grass green. In this case, you may have noticed some holes and “dog-dropping” like cores on your neighbor’s lawn in Fall.  This may be an indicator your neighbor is fighting compaction with regular aeration, thereby keeping their lawn healthier and greener than yours. Read more on lawn aeration here: https://greenteamct.com/2019/09/16/be-true-to-the-core-true-core-lawn-aeration/   Insect Pests Insect pets such as Chinch Bugs, Japanese Beetle Grubs, and Weevils cause extensive damage to lawns that show up as yellow or brown patches.  These insect pests are mostly hidden in your thatch layer and are nocturnal. ...
Traditional Vs Organic Lawn Care. What is Truth or Myth?

Pest Control Chronicles: 3 Grassy Weeds That Are Likely To Haunt Your Lawn This Summer.

Grassy weeds in your lawn are the most difficult pests to identify and control.  For the average homeowner, telling them apart is near impossible, and getting rid of weeds like crabgrass is usually an even harder task.  Here we will talk about some common lawn killing weeds in the northeast and what you can do to control them.   CRABGRASS The most problematic of all lawn weeds, crabgrass can be more easily identified than other grassy weeds.  Crabgrass is an annual weed, which spreads from last year’s seeds.  It can be identified by its purplish-red stems near the soil, and its finger-like projections that give it its name. To control this weed you must use an aggressive pre-emergent plan that should include half-applications in Fall and then again in Spring. Read more on Crabgrass Here:https://greenteamct.com/2019/04/22/reminder-your-time-to-prevent-crabgrass-ends-soon/ Goosegrass Goosegrass is another summer annual that will emerge around the same time as Crabgrass.  The difference in appearance will be that it only grows in tufts, bunches with a single tap root, and has bleached stems that are often flattened to the ground. Seedheads will resemble a zipper-like pattern and gives it an easy way to make an identification.  Goosegrass needs to be treated like crabgrass, with an aggressive pre-emergent strategy and proper watering. Very dry and compacted soil is preferable to this weed, so keeping your soil in a healthy condition can help deter Goosegrass growth. Read about another common lawn weed here: https://greenteamct.com/spring-lawn-pest-control-spotlight-the-early-bloomer-common-chickweed     Yellow Nutsedge It is almost amazing how common this weed is in lawns, yet how overlooked it can be.  Nutsedge can blend well with preferable grasses...
Truly Bee Friendly Lawn Care Tips. How You Can Have a Nice Lawn & Protect Pollinators.

Truly Bee Friendly Lawn Care Tips. How You Can Have a Nice Lawn & Protect Pollinators.

With the recent reports of dwindling Bee populations, it is important to remember these important insects in your Eco-friendly lawn care plans.  Although, per the EPA, Colony Collapse Disorder(CCD) is reportedly mainly caused by Varroa mites, viruses, and habitat changes; every homeowner can do their part to promote a healthy pollinator population.   Pollination Friendly Plantings The over-arching issue with the Bee population decline is the role they play in the pollination of our food crops and livestock pastures.  Planting long-blooming shrubs and flowers in your landscape can help attract and promote Bees during their pollination periods. The recent Facebook fad is to promote bee pollination by leaving Dandelions to grow in your laws.  While Dandelions are great for bees because of their numerous pollen making parts, dandelions have very short life spans. How many times have you seen these yellow flowers quickly transition into the cotton-like seed heads that kids love to blow? Instead, focus on plants with long flowering cycles. Plants that produce long-lasting blooms are plentiful, here are just a few examples: Azaleas Rhododendron Daylillies Forsythia Dogwood Impatiens Roses Read more on Eco-Friendly landscaping here:https://greenteamct.com/2018/07/29/tips-advice-eco-friendly-landscaping/   Create a Shallow, Moving Water Bee Oasis Thought you knew everything about the “Birds N Bees”.  But did you know they both enjoy shallow moving water areas? That’s right, though bird baths are already a popular landscape feature, creating gentle slopes with rocks encourages bees to bath and drink.  Maintaining the “moving” detail of this tip will discourage Mosquitoes, as they require still water to lay eggs. Learn more rock landscaping tips here: https://greenteamct.com/2019/04/26/landscape-design-journals-white-rock-for-dark-spots/   Perform Mowing, Cutting, Trimming Around...