What you can do for your lawn now? In many areas around North America, we will be experiencing a brief thaw now and then over the next few weeks. During a thaw, it should be very easy to see any areas of the lawn that are now bare or thin, which will need to be seeded in the spring. But … [Read More...] about Mid-Winter Lawn Care
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 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 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 too dry (or … [Read More...] about Are your tree and shrub roots getting enough water and oxygen?
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
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. Since Cornell University says that the winterizer … [Read More...] about What is a lawn winterizer?
Most lawn care products are applied based on the square feet of the area being treated, but how do you know how large the area is? If you know the size of your lot, you can subtract the dimensions of structures (house, garage, driveway, etc.) and garden beds, but most of us don't happen to know how … [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
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, especially when compared to grass. 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 … [Read More...] about All About Moss
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!
A Safe and Easy Way to Fertilize Shrubs, Trees and Perennials In the fall, plants stop sending water and minerals up to the leaves. Instead, they will use these nutrients to increase root mass, and to store up food for the winter as well. The changing of the color and dropping of leaves … [Read More...] about Easy Tree and Shrub Fertilizing
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 the drought we're … [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