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7 Organic Lawn Care Tips to Try This Year

7 Organic Lawn Care Tips to Try This Year

You’ve decided this is the year to go au naturel—with your lawn care! It’ll take a little work and patience, but you can ditch the chemicals and still have healthy, green grass. Here are seven organic lawn care tips from the pros to help you make the switch this spring. 1 / 7 Dudarev Mikhail/Shutterstock Know Your Soil This spring, have your yard’s soil tested by a local extension service, often affiliated with a state university, or a commercial soil testing service. Search “soil testing” for option near you. The test results will help you determine your soil’s pH level, the right seed for your lawn and will also help you deal with weeds. Weeds are indicators of soil conditions, according to Organic Plant Care, LLC, a full-service lawn care company in New Jersey. “Correct soil conditions and the weeds often disappear.” kurhan/Shutterstock Only Mow When Necessary When it comes to mowing, make sure your lawnmower’s blade is sharp. Next, Natural Lawn of America, a leader in organic lawn care, says you should only mow when needed. That’s because once the weather heats up, your grass may go dormant and require little to no mowing at all. When you do mow, don’t cut it too short and mow during the cooler hours, later in the day. 3 / 7 Petrychenko Anton/Shutterstock Be Smart About Watering A big part of organic lawn care includes doing the right thing at the right time, and that includes watering. Briggs and Stratton, maker of power lawn tools, notes you should only water early in the day, preferably before 9 a.m. Start with a target of just 1 inch...
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...
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...
Get Ready For Fall Aeration & Overseeding! YOU KNOW YOU NEED IT!

Get Ready For Fall Aeration & Overseeding! YOU KNOW YOU NEED IT!

It’s that time of the year again! Time to renew your lawn with a much-needed Aeration and Seed application.  The thing I see the most every Spring is customers that avoided altogether or waited too long, to perform this essential lawn task.  Let’s make sure we reiterate for the millionth time: SPRING IS NOT THE TIME TO SEED YOUR LAWN!  Fall is by a long shot! Also, if you missed our May Seeding and aeration special, which was booked up within 48 hours, you know you’ll want to book this special quickly.   WHY AERATE & OVERSEED? Summer stresses out lawns and causes it to thin and create bare patches.  Foot traffic along with drought also causes the soil to become hard and compacted.  Aeration pokes holes into the turf, allowing it to “decompress” and intake air and nutrients for Fall growth.  Adding seed will thicken existing turf, and fill in bare spots smaller than an average size hand.  Larger bare patches may require more complete seeding operations though.   WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO AERATE & OVERSEED? We start these operations around the second week of August.  This is a time when the Summer cool-down should begin, and temperatures start to favor seed germination again.  This also gives seed enough time to establish strong roots during the Fall, to help it survive Winter.  Many times people wait until October to overseed and obtain poor results with bare patches lingering into the next Spring.   WHAT DOES THIS SERVICE COST? We have run limited specials with flat-rate pricing in the past for these services, but this year we...
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. ...