Getting Rid Of Lawn Weeds Naturally

Getting Rid Of Weeds Naturally

Looking for effective ways of getting rid of weeds naturally and restoring your lawn’s health?  Here are some great strategies for organic methods for weed control in lawns.

Finding the occasional weed in your lawn can be expected if your grass is relatively healthy. You can easily ignore the odd lawn weed from time to time.

However, not killing them regularly now will likely lead to more of a problem by next season. It’s better to deal with them now, before they get a chance to spread.

Our Best Strategies To Get Rid Of Weeds Organically

Prevention is key to dandelion weed control and natural weed control in general. Strong, healthy turf is the best prevention against weeds getting established in your yard.

Having a good plan will lead to greater success, so we recommend regular fertilization throughout the season with an organic slow-release product.

Equally important is the proper cutting height when mowing your yard. In fact, it’s probably one of the easiest and most effective things you can adjust in your lawn maintenance chores.

Did you know that proper watering techniques will help establish deeper roots?  That’s exactly what you want to get your turf through the drought times during the hot summer months.

Hand Pulling Weeds – Get Your Gloves On!

One of the best, good old fashioned organic weed killers is hand pulling.  It’s best to do hand pulling after a rain or soaking a dry lawn so the soil becomes less resistant and the roots come up easier.

Pulling lawn weeds when they’re young is best. Removing them before they flower and seed it the easiest way of stopping them from spreading.

Pre-Emergent Weed Control In Lawns

Getting rid of weeds with Corn gluten meal is an effective, all natural organic weed inhibitor. The meal contains a protein compound that inhibits roots from forming in newly germinating seeds.

An added benefit is that Corn gluten Meal is a 100% organic lawn fertilizer as well.  You’re getting the two benefits from this one great product.

Vinegar Weed Killer

The acetic acid in vinegar is what kills weeds. The higher acid levels in horticultural vinegar make it more effective for killing weeds.

Special handling and care is needed when using horticultural vinegar to control lawn weeds.  Be sure to read and follow the product label instructions.

The Remedy For Dog Urine Lawn Spots

The Remedy For Dog Urine Lawn Spots

Unfortunately, they leave brown spots on the lawn as a marker of their duty done.

These dog urine spots cause too much concentrated nitrogen to be left in one spot.

It’s similar to spilling a bag of fertilizer on one area of the yard. When that happens, the best remedy is to flush the spot heavily with water after removing as much of the fertilizer.

So too, with dog spots. Turn on the garden hose and flush the dog urine spots well if the “deed” has just happened.

This works equally well within a few days of the dog urinating, helping to ward off damage to the lawn.

If the grass is already brown however, the dog urine spots have likely killed the roots of the grass that small area. In such a case, the only thing to do is to repair the grass.

Replace Damaged Dog Urine Lawn Spots

You can replace it by taking a plug from the edge of your garden or some less noticeable place in your yard. Measure the damaged area and remove that portion only. Take it to the area where you’re harvesting the plug from, lay it on the new grass and cut it to the proper size. Place the plug into the original damaged urine spots, and tamp down firmly with your foot.

Lawn Overseeding Repairs

Another option is to thoroughly rake out the dead grass, being sure to loosen up some of the soil. Sprinkle on a good covering of quality grass seed and gently rake it into the soil to cover the seed. Keep it consistently watered until new growth appears, and then water as necessary. You’ll be on your way to a rejuvenated lawn, that’s free of dog spots.

Having A Dog Means You’ll Likely Have Dog Urine Spots

If you have a dog and a lawn, you’re going to have dog spots. Dog owners, knowing how urine spots affect the grass, simply watch, water and replace as needed.

Tips About Dog Urine Spots

Female dog urine is not more potent than the urine of male dogs, as many think. However, it does cause more trouble, because females tend to urinate in one spot all at once.

Gypsum, which is really calcium sulfate, can correct certain levels of pH imbalances. Remember, dog urine leaves an over-concentration of nitrogen, and is not a pH issue. Gypsum is not going to help regrow the grass or make it come back green. It’s not the best remedy for urine spots on the lawn.

Shade Is Killing My Lawn

Shade Is Killing My Lawn

I have a large Amber tree which throws a lot of shade onto one section of my Couch lawn, and the lawn is struggling and dying in this area, what should I do?

All lawns need direct sunlight every day to survive, and Couch requires more direct sunlight than any other grass type. These are the options which you have to try and get the lawn growing again in the shade.

Prune the lower branches of the tree and try to let in more direct sunlight every day. If this helps, then further aid the lawn to grow in the shade by mowing the shaded area at a much higher height. The longer green leaf will allow the lawn to gain greater photosynthesis under low light conditions.

The shaded area may need to be planted with a new lawn type which is far more shade tolerant. A Buffalo lawn tolerates shade very well, and will blend into the Couch where shade meets sun, but it is also possible that the Buffalo may eventually dominate the Couch, even in the direct sunlight.

Alternatively, if you’re still looking for ideas for a lawn with a lot of shade, you could put down a Cool Season grass which will not tolerate the sun, but will tolerate the shade and will not spread into the surrounding lawn, Ryegrass is often a good choice for this purpose, but it will need to be mowed at a higher height than the Couch.

If the entire lawn area is small, then replacing the entire lawn with a more shade tolerant variety may be a good choice.

Another option may be to put sown a ground cover which can be walked on, played on and even mowed with a lawn mower if necessary, Dichondra repens is perfect for this purpose.

And finally, you could of course remove the lawn entirely from this shaded area and plant a new garden bed in it’s place.

A Basic Guide To Routine Lawn Care

A Basic Guide To Routine Lawn Care

If you are a homeowner who wants to take good care of both home and garden, then routine lawn care is going to be an important part of this and you will no doubt want to create a specific plan for the lawn’s routine maintenance.

Often this involves keeping careful watch and care over your tools as well as the land that makes up your garden and lawn.

It is important to familiarize yourself with a few simple ways to care for your lawn, before delving into more complicated procedures.

For effective lawn care, you will need to keep your tools well maintained and clean, especially if you are interested in long-term gardening.

This involves keeping your eyes open for signs of rust or wearing, and being ready to replace those tools in the unfortunate events of breaking down. Some basic tools to have include a hoe, a gardening shovel, a trimmer, and a watering mechanism – and most importantly of all for lawn care, a good lawnmower of a type suitable for the sort of grass that your have.

In a family garden, a rotary mower will probably be the best option as it does not cut the grass so close – you also have the choice of a hover mower. For more formal lawns, a cylinder or reel mower will give a perfect finish and for larger areas you may want to choose a petrol lawnmower of the ride on type – such as a lawn tractor.

Once your tools are all in order, the next aspect to keep in mind is fertilizer. There are many different types of fertilizer that may be considered for your lawn, the usefulness of each depending on the type of greenery you have growing on your yard. In general, you will want to have fertilizer that is full of nitrogen, without an excess that may stimulate overgrowth.

Once you have selected your fertilizer, it is a good idea to plan your distribution in order to promote healthy growth in the lawn. In general, the grade of the fertilizer will determine the pounds spread over the lawn. This can be calculated with the help of professionals or numerous guides that may be found on the internet. No matter the amount, the frequency of application should always be the same: once every eight-ten weeks.

After planning your fertilizer distribution, it is time to plan your mowing and watering schedule. If you live in an area that faces abundant rain all year round, then more often than not, only a little bit of  personal application will be necessary. Getting your petrol lawnmower, (or rotary or hover mower) out on a pretty regular basis, will always be required, regardless of location. It is vital to trim your lawn whenever it grows too high, as this can help reduce the risk of pests, lawn thatch, moss, harmful bacteria and fungal problems, in addition to providing an attractive appearance to the lawn.

Taking care of your lawn can become an absorbing and relaxing  pastime and, as with any hobby or activity, practice can help you adhere to these lawn care tips until they become a regular part of your routine. By keeping them in mind, you will be able to maintain a healthy and neat appearance in your lawn that will be a source of pleasure and pride.

How To Have An Eco-Friendly Lawn

How To Have An Eco-Friendly Lawn

Many people feel the need to be more eco-friendly and feel much more relaxed being around a green environment. It is not all about green and reusable bags in shopping centers or grocery stores. For this reason, people choose to have a garden and/or lawn at their home.

Nowadays, we hear more and more about thinking green or about green or sustainable energy. A societal problem is to get people to realize what they can do to help the environment and how different such options can be eco-friendly ones.

Why is a lawn important for the environment?

Well, there are a lot of reasons.

First of all

garden absorbs carbon dioxide, cleaning the atmosphere and the environment of all the negative impact fossil fuels. Also, a lawn soaks up rainwater and it offers a good home and development environment for wildlife and insects. However, these things only work properly in the case of well-maintained and healthy lawns and gardens. To have a healthy lawn, pay a lot of attention to the different materials used, from reusable materials to the way they first build up their lawn. Being eco-friendly means that when it comes to different products, it is important that those products are green. Reading the label on the bag doesn’t necessarily mean the product is green.

Second of all

A very important aspect is the kind of lawn equipment one purchases and all the plumbing supplies necessary to build it up. For example, for a lawn one needs a spark plug and an air filter to use with their self propelled lawn mower. This keeps the engine works properly. Why is that important? Because a good engine means a better environment, as there is less pollution and less gas consumption. These kinds of rules and eco-friendly measures are also effective when a professional assists the owner of a lawn or when the owner decides to take care of their own lawn.

Another extremely important eco-friendly aspect has to do with the different substances used in different situations such as weed problems, gardening problems or fighting against garden pests. Instead of using different, very dangerous weed killers, for example, it is recommended to use good pesticides which encourage wildlife and not destroy it. Another way to get rid of pests is to wash leaves with soap or place trips for beetles and aphids.

The secret to having an eco-friendly lawn is to pay attention to the things one buys and becoming more informed about the various options. That is, if you want to be more eco-friendly.

How To Mulch Your Lawn

There are occasions when you should not mulch your lawn.  For example, your lawn may have been allowed to grow much longer than usual on occasion, perhaps because work or family commitments have prevented you from getting the grass cut when it should have been.  In addition, wet weather sometimes persists in the summer months, necessitating cutting the grass whilst it is wet.  Under these circumstances, it is unwise to use the resulting clippings as a lawn mulch, they will be much better used as compost as wet clippings will be unevenly distributed and will form clumps which may harm the grass underneath.

In addition, it is not wise to mulch the lawn every time you mow as this can lead to two problems.  The first is an accumulation of clippings on the surface of your lawn which can blow onto paths and borders and, in wet conditions, get carried into the house on shoes which is a major nuisance!  The second is an overdevelopment of the normal lawn thatch.  Thatch is an accumulation of grass roots and stems above ground and is normal in all lawns but can cause problems if it gets too established.  If thatch gets to about ½” thick, stop mulching and take steps to de-thatch your lawn.  Otherwise your lawn will suffer from drought (as water will be unable to effectively penetrate to the roots) and from starvation (as sunlight will be restricted from reaching the blades of grass and photosynthesis, the process by which all plants manufacture food from sunlight will be hindered).

If you have a petrol lawnmower of the push type, it may be possible to fit a mulching attachment.  It is possible to buy a ride on mower that offers a combination system where some of the grass is collected and some mulched.  When mulching your lawn, leave the grass about half an inch longer than normal and always water your lawn after mulching, not before.  The reason for this is that dry clippings will disperse more readily and then, if you water, they will settle and not blow onto areas where you do not want them!

The great benefit of mulching lawn clippings is that you will be able to reduce, or perhaps even eliminate the need for additional fertiliser as about 4% of the clippings comprises Nitrogen, 2% Potassium and 1% Phosphorous the decomposition of the clippings puts these elements back into your lawn.

About 80% of the grass clippings is water and it is obviously a great benefit to put this back onto the lawn in times of drought or extreme heat.  Mulching will also help to prevent moisture loss

Some Tips For Lawn Cleanup

Some tips for Lawn cleanup

Brown or dead lawn areas need attention now too.  Dig patches up and prepare to re-seed if your freezing season isn’t over yet, or replant dead spots with pre-grown turf.   Uugghh, the dreaded crab grass – Lawn Cleanup is perfect timing to outwit this devil!  Research what works best for your climate and growing area with your local nursery.

Re-attach anything that has come loose – irrigation pipes, sprinkler systems, water barrels, eaves troughs’ on your roofs on greenhouse, home, tool shed or garden shed.

Removing a tree stump – Pour salt on it until it just goes away (this can take a long time of daily ‘salting’), or have it removed professionally instead of digging it out yourself to reduce lawn damage.

Pressure wash your garden paths, porches, patios, decks and walkways, refill rock or gravel between concrete slabs on paths, patios or walkways, tighten deck screws, repair brickwork or brick walls, trellis and lattices, decking, concrete slabs, or decorative stones.

Repaint fences, re-stain decks, get rid of mold, damaged posts, repair broken fence boards, fence pickets, lattice-work, take care of outdoor wood damage, then wash it well with bleach, soap and water.  If you paint wood and it freezes then add another coat of paint later to give your outdoor wood a better chance to survive throughout the coming months.

Prune away those winter-dead branches to make room for new growth.

Cut back used and dead perennials and pull up old annuals if you didn’t do this chore last fall.  Look around your garden area, plant beds and growing areas.  March Spring cleanup time is the best time to take inventory of your yard and check if it’s time to thin crowded beds and fill in bare spots with transplanting.   Go ahead and get rid of your tree burlap from shrubs and trees when you find that the winter weather is warming up.

Prune dead and useless tree and shrub branches.  Winter weather elements will have taken their toll on these, so prune them right down to the live stems so you have fresh growth ready for new Spring shoots.  Pruning smaller shrubs and branches with hand shears is best, since you get rid of all the excess outer dead-wood that keeps newer blooms from sharing the Fresh air and Spring sunshine, plus it is visually pleasing.  Larger trees overgrown from the Winter months can use the same treatment, but for those thicker branches, use sharper, larger cutting tools and/or saws.

Not all flowering shrubs and trees are equal.  Go ahead with pruning on your flowering plants, trees and shrubs, but hold off for the really dramatic cutting back branches and pruning chores until they flower.   Pruning these too early – before they flower – risks seeing their full potential for beautiful blooms when it is their own blooming season.

Experts agree that flowering perennials are best when they are cut back to 4-5 inches high.  With ornamental grasses, 2-3 inches high is best. Damaged rose canes are best cut back to approximately 1 inch underneath that winter blackened cane area.  Rule of thumb – If it’s dead and black, cut it back.

Divide and conquer over full beds and transplant those  items that over-crowd that area.  When a rose cane looks and feels like wood, it is time to cut it back past that area down to the place where it appears green and healthy again.  Now clean them up and make them look tidy with jute or twine or thin rope, or growing stands, or some of the new fastening devices made out of Velcro fasteners are great too.  Please Use recyclable materials.

Do you have dead leaves and lawn debris that you missed in your fall lawn cleanup – get rid of those things now.  Pull the plants up that didn’t make it through the winter, annuals, dead and used up shrubs and flowering trees too.

Use your organic yard waste to help give your newly cleaned borders and plant beds a fertilization and filter system for the upcoming Spring rain showers.  This is also the time when we either remove and replace, or just remove our existing mulch.  We learned that his step is best when you are most confident that the freezing weather has passed.

Compost Your March Spring lawn cleanup – Be Careful of flowering spring weeds that might wreck your life by growing back in triplicate!  Keep your compost pile moist and approximately twice a month, run a pitchfork through it to keep stench down and compost primed.  Break down branches and leaves – Shredders and mulchers do great work.  If you can’t afford one, go in with a neighbor and share the cost.

If you have more garden and yard debris then you can compost then recycle it.  Check with your local recycling center, garbage delivery, or local nursery to find out what works best in your city.