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

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...