Soil Improvement

How to Rehabilitate Your Soil After a Flood

When soils, especially heavier loams or clays, are sitting in water for too long, there are a number of very bad things that happen: loss of aeration, breakdown of soil structure, compaction, loss of beneficial soil microbes, and/or root rot or other diseases. Whether you are growing grass, garden plants, trees, or farm crops, it

Winter Lawn Seeding: A No-Work Method

No one likes to see bare and thin areas on their lawn when spring comes. Chances are that you didn’t have the time or energy to seed in the fall, and you probably would rather not deal with it in the spring when you will already have enough to do in the yard. The answer?

All-In-One for LAWNS is now officially LAWN FORCE 5!

A few weeks ago we announced in our newsletter that our beloved “lawn care kit in a bottle,” All-In-One for LAWNS, would be changing it’s name to LAWN FORCE 5. As of August 15 the change became official and we thought it was appropriate to explain some of the reasoning behind this name change. Last

A Note About COVID-19 For Our Local Customers

We are pleased to let you know that Nature’s Lawn will be able to continue our regular service for lawn and shrub care this season. New York State considers services that maintain property values for buildings and grounds “essential industries.” Lawns and shrubs can decline quickly when not taken care of, and are subject to

It’s a Great Time to Get to Know Your Yard

While many of us are stuck at home due to the precautions being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we may begin to feel a little anxious and unproductive. Thankfully for homeowners and house-renters, we have a whole house and property to tend to as the days go by and the weather begins to

How to Mow Your Lawn – Part 4: 12 Tips to Help You Mow Like a Pro

In our last post about mowing, we talked about grass clippings and mulching vs. bagging. Today we’re going to tell you how to mow like a pro! Before You Mow 1.) Make sure your mower blades are sharp. Dull blades tear or rip the grass instead of slicing it cleanly. When grass is wounded like

How To Mow Your Lawn – Part 3: What do I do with my grass clippings?

What do I do with my grass clippings? I can’t recall the last time I picked up my grass clippings–it’s been years. Bagging grass clippings is extra work and, in my case with my cutting routine, mower, grass types, and soil conditions, it is quite unnecessary.  But it may not be unnecessary for you at

Is your lawn getting too much nitrogen?

How to Avoid Lawn Fertilizer Pollution of Lakes and Waterways Nutrient pollution of water happens when runoff of fertilizer (or nutrient-rich sewage) gets into streams, ponds, rivers and oceans. The fertilizer feeds plant algae in the water, stimulating large scale blooms. These thick blooms can clog waterways and can have an awful smell. The algae

Working With Wet Clay Soil – Or, How to Avoid Premature Cultivation

One of the biggest mistakes gardeners make is trying to “work” (till up, cultivate, or hoe) their high clay content garden soil before it is dry enough to be worked. When you do this, the soil structure is broken down and you end up with rock-hard crusts or clumps when the soil dries. After a