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 … [Read More...] about Rehab for Waterlogged or Flooded Soils
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 this it … [Read More...] about How to Mow Your Lawn – Part 4: 12 Tips to Help You Mow Like a Pro
Iron is a micronutrient that plants need in order to form chlorophyll, and chlorophyll is the main component in plants that make them green. But in many iron-rich soils the iron is unavailable to plants due to high pH or compacted/clay conditions. By spraying our Liquid Iron on your lawn, you can … [Read More...] about Mighty Liquid Iron – Using Liquid Iron to kill weeds, reduce moss, and green up your lawn!
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 … [Read More...] about How To Mow Your Lawn – Part 3: What do I do with my grass clippings?
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 … [Read More...] about Is your lawn getting too much nitrogen?
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 long … [Read More...] about Working With Wet Clay Soil – Or, How to Avoid Premature Cultivation
When Should I Mow My Lawn? As we mentioned in Part 1, each time you mow the lawn you are slicing off part of the food factory of the grass plant, located in the leaf blades. Keep that in mind while you ponder these points: You need to keep grass long enough to be able to produce the food and … [Read More...] about How To Mow Your Lawn – Part 2
The very least you must do for a home lawn is mow it, and poor mowing is the very first problem that needs to be addressed if you want to give your lawn a chance to be healthy. Poor mowing leads to poor color, weeds, crabgrass, disease, thatch, and invasion of undesirable grasses into your lawn. If … [Read More...] about How To Mow Your Lawn – Part 1
What's the Deal with Moss? Moss is a plant that can grow in conditions that other plants, including grasses, can't endure. It is not a very aggressive or competitive plant, but nature seems to use it more as a filler, for thin or bare soils. So, when you ask the question "Why is there moss in my … [Read More...] about Why is there moss in my lawn? – All About Moss
Preparing for Spring Though parts of the country are still frozen, there are many areas where weather has returned to normal. We are starting to receive a lot of emails about what to do for your lawn to get the jump on the spring/summer lawn care season. Here are our top 5 tips! Top 5 Early Spring … [Read More...] about Top 5 Early Spring Lawn Care Tips
An infographic by YourGreenPal.com Image courtesy of https://www.yourgreenpal.com/local/lawn-care-fremont-ca … [Read More...] about The History of Lawns
Happy Thanksgiving! It's that time of year again! We want to say thank you for another amazing year here at Nature's Lawn & Garden! To show our appreciation for your patronage, this week only we have a special 15% off coupon code that's good ALL WEEK, today through Cyber Monday/November … [Read More...] about Thanksgiving Week Flash Sale!
What is a winterizer application? The term winterizer has been used to promote various fall lawn applications on Northern grasses for some 30 years. It has been used by many to sell all sorts of fertilizer blends for applications timed from early late August through late November. … [Read More...] about What is a lawn winterizer?
Garlic not only adds flavor and fragrance to your cooking, it has incredible health benefits as well. But did you know that garlic is one of the easiest plants there is to grow? Even if you have never planted anything before, you'll find that it is very easy to grow garlic. If you have just 1 square … [Read More...] about Garlic: The Easiest Edible Plant to Grow
We've done the math! With All-In-One for Lawns, you can fertilize, aerate, and de-thatch all at once, for less than $4 per 1000 square feet! All-In-One for Lawns is a lawn care kit in a bottle that is as effective as it is easy to apply. It contains 5 incredible ingredients: our bio-active … [Read More...] about Fertilize, Aerate, and De-thatch for $4!
Tick bites can range from mild nuisance to serious medical condition. And while most tick bites are harmless, on rare occasions, tick bites can transmit serious illnesses like Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Colorado tick fever, relapsing fever, tularemia, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis (and … [Read More...] about How to Check For Ticks
After the snow melts, you may find that your lawn is riddled with circles or patches of dead-looking grass. It may be gray, tan, white, or even pink. It could be that the grass is dead due to extremely severe winter conditions, or late fall damage by grubs or crane fly larvae, but it is most likely … [Read More...] about Is your lawn dying, or is it snow mold?
When we decided to call our all-organic soil and plant treatment product NATURE'S MAGIC we were trying to convey the fact that this is a truly special product for your soil and everything growing in it. While doing some extra research on a few of its components, we realized that it is … [Read More...] about The “Magic” of Nature’s Magic
How To Fertilize A Sloped Lawn Do you have a steep slope to contend with on your lawn? If you've ever mowed a sloped lawn you know it can be pretty tricky (and often dangerous) to do, but fertilizing it properly is even harder. Aside from the danger of slipping on the hill, getting an even … [Read More...] about How To Fertilize A Sloped Lawn
Though a large part of the country is still frozen, there are some areas where weather has returned to normal. We are starting to receive a lot of emails about what to do for lawns and gardens when the weather breaks. We know that many you are anxious to get going, but, if at all … [Read More...] about Preparing The Lawn For Spring
Mid-Winter Seeding In many areas around North America, we will be experiencing brief or extended thaws from now until the end of winter. During a thaw, you'll be able to look over the lawn and see the areas that are bare or thin, or have been damaged by dog activity. Normally, … [Read More...] about Mid-Winter Seeding
While pests like fleas and ticks thrive in humid, warm conditions, they can also live (and bite!) throughout the winter. It’s true they cannot endure freezing weather for extended periods, but they often find ways to survive anyway. In fact, some species of tick are most active in winter. Fleas … [Read More...] about Do Fleas and Ticks Bite in Winter?
We tend to think that whatever water falls on our lawn and garden will also get down to the roots of our trees and shrubs, but in many cases that’s simply not true. Tree and shrub roots go down much deeper than lawn roots, and if you have compacted or clay soil your soil is most likely going to be … [Read More...] about How Soil Compaction Harms Shrubs and Trees
In our last post we talked about the importance of a late fall winterizer application to help your lawn survive the winter and come back strong in the spring. But what about all that road salt that will be melting into your lawn? We have just the product to help protect your grass from salt burn. … [Read More...] about Protect Your Lawn Against Salt and Pet Damage
Most lawn care products are meant to be applied based on the square footage of area being treated. For example, our Aerify Plus liquid soil aerator label says to apply at 4 oz per 1000 sf. But do you actually know how many square feet of property you have to treat? One way to get … [Read More...] about How Big is My Lawn?
Due to the crazy weather patterns that have been evolving, much of the country has been wracked by rainstorms over the past few months. These storms can cause flooding and standing water, which means pollutants, oils, and toxins from all kinds of sources can end up in lawns, gardens, and farms. … [Read More...] about What To Do About Soil Toxicity
Fall is a great time for putting down new grass seed. Anything you put down now will thicken up and become well-established by the time spring rolls around. For some of you, simply overseeding will do the trick, but if you have bare spots on your lawn you may need to think about using a grass … [Read More...] about Do It Yourself Grass Patch
LAWN SEASON BEGINS IN THE FALL You've probably heard us say this more than once, but it bears repeating: Fall is one of the most important seasons for lawn care! While many homeowners think of fall as the end of the gardening year and begin to neglect their yards, lawn pros see the fall as the … [Read More...] about Early Fall Lawn Care Tips
What is Thatch? Most homeowners and many lawn "professionals" don't really understand what thatch is. They think it is the clippings that are just sitting on top of the soil, slowly decomposing--but that is not thatch at all. Real thatch is a tightly matted layer of stems, roots, and fibrous … [Read More...] about How To Handle Thatch
Abundant, deep roots is one sign of a healthy lawn. But did you know that the way you water your lawn can have a very significant influence on the depth and density of the roots? The most common mistake homeowners make when watering the grass is that they water often, but not very deeply. The … [Read More...] about How to Water Your Lawn
The mild weather this past winter is expected to lead to one of the worst tick population explosions in years. These tiny, blood-sucking pests can cause untold misery, and carry all kinds of diseases, the most common being Lyme disease. While they usually feed on rodents, a inadequate rodent … [Read More...] about Safe and Natural Organic Tick Prevention for Your Yard
A few weeks ago we wrote about what conditions cause moss to grow on your lawn. Usually the best way to get rid of moss is to dig it up and re-seed. But did you know you can use our Liquid Iron to kill moss, too? High concentrations of iron are toxic to moss and weeds, and can kill them without the … [Read More...] about How To Kill Moss With Liquid Iron
It has been a cool, wet spring in our neck of the woods, and we are eager to get the plants in the garden. But after digging around a bit, some of the beds were not ready for planting--they were too wet and sticky. You can't just go by the calendar when it comes to planting flowers or veggies, … [Read More...] about Working with wet, clay soil
Preparing Your Lawn for Winter Every winter, lawns across the North take a beating. With snow piling up, months of freezing and thawing, and salt damage, it's a miracle some lawns grow back at all in the spring. And when they do come back, many lawns have to contend with dead spots from where the … [Read More...] about Winter is coming…protect your lawn!
Dormant Feeding -A Safe and Easy Way to Fertilize Shrubs, Trees and Perennials Many arborists and landscapers, especially in the north, do most of their tree and shrub fertilizing from late fall through late winter or even early spring up until when plants are actively growing above ground. … [Read More...] about Dormant Feeding of Shrubs and Trees
Make Your Own Grass Patch Before stores and infomercials started selling grass repair, or patching products in a bag, groundskeepers at golf courses made up their own mixture and used it to fill in divots and bare spots. I do the same thing for my own yard and so do many landscapers. It is … [Read More...] about Spot Seeding and Overseeding with Do It Yourself Grass Patch
While many homeowners think of fall as the end of the gardening year and begin to neglect their yards, lawn pros and organic gardeners see the fall as the beginning of lawn season, and do what they can to improve the lawn and soil quality at this time. In the fall, especially in the North, lawns … [Read More...] about Lawn Care Season Begins in Fall
Insect Protection the Safe, Natural Way With the Zika virus making headlines these past few months, we've been getting a lot of questions about whether or not our Yard Guard product is effective against mosquitoes or other disease-carrying insects. The answer is YES. With regular applications of … [Read More...] about Safe, Natural Mosquito Protection (Plus Labor Day Sale!)
Recently, a local resident asked us to check out their lawn because it was turning brown despite watering for 15-20 minutes daily. (We have been in a drought for a few months and temperatures are in the mid-80s regularly.) When we looked at the lawn, we found that the soil was actually completely … [Read More...] about The Best Way To Eliminate Thatch
Many of our customers use our All-In-One for LAWNS because it not only fertilizes, but also aerates, dethatches, and bioactivates the soil with humates and seaweed. But there is another ingredient in this product that many customers are not really aware of, and that is the beneficial root fungi. … [Read More...] about The Secret Ingredient To an Amazing Lawn
At this time of the year a lot of homeowners find themselves discouraged by how poorly their flowers and perennials are looking, or maybe their vegetable garden is not producing like they had hoped. Perhaps there was some neglect or lack of watering, or extreme weather like excess heat or drought? … [Read More...] about It’s not too late to save your garden!
If you have been using our products you are probably very aware of the need for good soil aeration and reducing compaction. In the past we have talked about how clay soils can hold too much water and become soggy, swelled, and oxygen deficient. Now let's talk about what happens when clay soils get … [Read More...] about How Drought Conditions Cause Soil Compaction
Our All-In-One for Lawns, both original and the Phosphorus Free version, are remarkable products. They not only contain a great lawn fertilizer, but also have some of our Aerify PLUS -Liquid Aeration product in it, along with Biological Dethatcher microbes and beneficial root fungi called … [Read More...] about Fall Fertilize and Aerate Your Lawn in One Step
Lawn care routines change with the weather and the seasons. Here are just a few quick tips to keep in mind as we enter fall. Gradually start lowering your mowing height once the grass growth starts to slow down or if taller grass is making leaf clean up difficult. Don't allow leaves to … [Read More...] about Fall Lawn Care Tips