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What to Know About Using Pesticides When a Well Water Supply is Present.

What to Know About Using Pesticides When a Well Water Supply is Present.

One common question we receive about using lawn chemicals, both organic and traditional, is how it may or may not affect groundwater when there is an aquifer/well system present. While most chemicals used in modern lawn care have very low leaching properties, there are some properties unique to each lawn that need to be considered when applying any amendment to your soil. TrendingRemove & Prevent Moss in Lawns. Read The Label! Prior to mixing and applying any chemical to your lawn, it is paramount that you read and understand the label that is included with any and all EPA registered pesticides. Not doing so is not only important for your safety, it helps prevent contamination of areas outside your lawn, and is legally required. The label will include information on the product’s chemical properties, specific dangers and warnings, and required personal protective equipment to use while working with the product. There also may be a special “Environmental Hazards” section. In this section you will find any applicable information about the chemical’s soil permeability, which we will discuss next, and it’s risk for groundwater contamination. For more information on pesticide labeling visit the EPA website here: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/labeling-requirements Assess and Understand Your Soil’s Structure & Condition. Photo by Flora Westbrook on Pexels.com In the Northeast we have certain conditions, especially high amounts of slate and limestone layers, that can make our soil uniquely tight structured and acidic. The “permeability” refers to the ability of water and chemicals to move through the soil and leach towards the water table. Several factors affect the permeability of soil. Making smart decisions on protecting your...
What Is Dethatching? Why Do I Need To Do It?

What Is Dethatching? Why Do I Need To Do It?

De-Thatching Your Lawn Is The Most Essential Spring Lawn Care Task You Should Consider Proper Spring Lawn Care is always multiple pronged attacks, and can sometimes get overwhelming to keep up with.  Here in Connecticut, our weather can cause uniquely challenging problems with maintaining healthy Green Grass and perfect Soil. One of the most important Lawn Care Services we perform is often overlooked and poorly understood. Here we’ll try to explain, what Thatch is, how it forms, why it is destructive to your lawn, and how to remove it. What is Thatch? Thatch can be most effectively described as dead material that has built up into a layer that covers your soil.  This dead material is usually a mix of last season’s grasses, weeds, and leftover leaves that is matted down by snow cover and condensed into a nutrient robbing layer above your soil. The problems caused by this thatch layer are as followed: Moisture is blocked from reaching grassroots Sunlight does not penetrate the Thatch layer Nutrients such as Nitrogen, Potash, and Oxygen do not reach the roots of desirable grasses This nutrient deprived state allows undesirable weed species to thrive Moisture trapped on the Thatch layer allows the fungus to collect How To Remove Thatch. Dethatching in Spring is essential to a healthy lawn. Exposing your soil at this time prepares and maximizes its intake of water, sunlight, and Fertilizer. We always recommend hiring a Lawn Care Professional near you, as they will have the proper tools and techniques to perform this service more efficiently. Dethatching is usually performed using the following methods: Heavy Raking of small areas...
$288 March Seeding & Dethatching Special. Book by 03/13!

$288 March Seeding & Dethatching Special. Book by 03/13!

If You Have bare spots in your lawn leftover from winter, or if you’ve always had problems with sparsely growing grass, you’ll want to pay attention to this special offer!  We have a very limited special on our Spring Mechanical Overseeding and Dethatching package, being performed in March only! Starting at $288 for up to 1 Acre, *when booked along with a monthly treatment contract. Book by March 13th, with promo code “MARATE”. BOOK NOW BENEFITS OF LAWN DETHATCHING Relieves Compacted Soil: Dethatching removes old rotted soil to allow it to settle back into a less tightly formed structure. Lawns that heavy heavy traffic, vehicle parking, or extended dry periods can become tightly packed over time and create a difficult environment for grass growth. In contrast, weeds love these conditions. Improves Water Penetration & Drainage: Tightly compacted soil is like a brick wall between your soil layers and water.  Without pockets of air and free space, water cannot get to grassroots, which makes it even harder for grass to thrive.  The water that collects on the top of the soil then creates other issues like fungal diseases and moss. Promotes Strong Root and Blade Growth: When roots can spread and collect water effectively, this allows for grass blades to flourish, creating a thick, green lawn. The more grass growth you can foster, the fewer weeds that can survive. Dethatching also helps new grass seed to germinate more easily, allowing you to fill in bare spots and keep your green up to par. BENEFITS OF MECHANICAL SLICE SEEDING Works Best In Spring: Mechanical slice seeding uses a gas-powered machine to cut...
Pest Control Chronicles: 3 Grassy Weeds That Are Likely To Haunt Your Lawn This Summer.

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...
Antidepressant Microbes In Soil: How Soil Makes Your Brain Happy

Antidepressant Microbes In Soil: How Soil Makes Your Brain Happy

<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>   Soil microbes have been found to have similar effects on the brain as prozac, without the negative side effects and potential for chemical dependency and withdrawal.   It turns out getting in the garden and getting dirty is a natural antidepressant due to unique microbes in healthy organic soil. Working and playing in soil can actually make you happier and healthier. What gardeners and farmers have talked about for millennia is now verifiable by science. Feeling like your garden or farm is your happy place is no coincidence! The soil microbe mycobacterium vaccae has been found to mirror the effect on neurons in the brain that drugs like Prozac can provide, but without side effects. The way it works is the “happy” microbes in soil cause cytokine levels to rise, which leads to the production of more serotonin. This bacterium is found in healthy soil and when humans are exposed to it, the microbe stimulates serotonin production. Serotonin makes us feel relaxed and happier. Conversely, lack of serotonin has been linked to depression, anxiety, OCD, and bipolar disorders. Some studies on cancer patients have demonstrated better quality of life and less stress when patients were given mycobacterium vaccae. Scientists also tested the microbe via injection and ingestion on rats and compared results to a control group. They found that cognitive ability, lower stress, and better concentration were notable benefits that lasted 3 weeks time. Mycobacterium antidepressant microbes in soil are also being investigated for improving cognitive function, Crohn’s disease, and even rheumatoid arthritis. Farmers and gardeners come in...