When it comes to fall preparations, many beginner homeowners believe that lawn watering, mowing, and vegetation trimming are the only tasks they need to implement on their properties. Fall is a slower season than summer, indeed, but this does not mean you should let nature have its ways while you sit back and relax. Today, our organic lawn care Apex NC specialists are here to refresh your memory on early fall organic lawn care preparations you have to implement in order to keep your lawn and property healthy, strong, and thriving. Continue reading
Caring for your lawn and vegetation is very rewarding, albeit difficult. However, you cannot neglect some lawn care and maintenance tasks. Last time we met, we have talked about organic property maintenance. Today, our landscaping Cary NC specialists are here to take things up a notch and talk to you about five common landscaping mistakes you should avoid making this season. The first thing you should do, before we begin, is to rethink the concept of landscaping and make sure that you understand that all things are interconnected. Continue reading
Aeration is a less intense form of soil tillage and is paramount to keeping growing systems alive and well fed by the elements. Charles Waters advises in Weeds: Control Without Poisons:
“Fall tillage is an important key to weed management. It is certainly one way to diminish the chances for foxtail and grass type weeds. If fall tillage is used to put soil system into ridges, those ridges will drain faster in the spring. They will warm up a week to ten days earlier. They will have germinating capacity restored earlier so that the economic crop can get a head start on weeds.”
Let’s unpack this.
It all comes down to a matter of degree. Full tillage and the turning of soil is a rare phenomenon in nature, however agriculture stands by this practice. Air is let into sub-surface soil structure every time a tractor or hoe digs into the surface of the earth. Cultivators do this to remove weeds and break up surface compaction. The ideal outcome is that nutrient transfer is facilitated via the movement of water to the roots of the plants you actually want to grow. While we do not rip up your lawn every season with a full till program, we do provide the less intense but nonetheless cultivating service of heavy aeration. So how does this all apply to your lawn and what we do as the season changes from hot to cool?
Your grass is a dense layer of erosion-controlling roots and photosynthesizing leaves (blades) that thrives in a well draining structure and beneficially bacterial biology. Holes are driven one to three inches into the soil when we pass over this living mat with our aerator. This creates a pock-marked surface of those “ridges” Mr. Waters speaks of above.
In Permaculture – Bill Mollison’s systemization of the world’s sustainable agricultural practices, aka Permanent Agriculture – three principles are said to describe this process.
- Slow it. Digging into three-dimensional space creates more surface area. More surface area to traverse as water passes from high ground to low ground means that your lawn gets to…
- Spread it. With more time to sit on top of your lawn, water is able to penetrate root systems and soak into subsurface mineral soils. This brings us to the last principle.
- Sink it. The benefit of repeated aeration over the seasons is having water sink deeply and slowly. This leads to healthier topsoil and subsurface mineral soil structures. You will store more water, and with more water retention, you will build organic matter (OM)!
Increasing organic matter in your lawn’s soil is the number one goal of Pleasant Green Grass’s mission: building a healthier planet, one lawn at a time, through best organic practices.
And the reason for increased OM? That brings us to the second part of the fall aeration program. The overseeding that we complete after tillage has that much more of a chance to germinate. Mr. Waters also mentions this in the above quote. The “economic crop” in our case is your lawn’s main grass species. The hormone processes that generally orchestrate chaos in unbalanced ecosystems is neutralized with a nice, hydrated and oxygenated ground cover when the winter thaw is induced.
The Big Picture
Mr. Waters continues:
“Needless to say, the bio-grower has to depend on proper decay of organic materials in the soil. Root residue and crop stover are always present, and these have a direct bearing on how prolific weeds might grow. This means farmers, one and all, must learn how to manage decay of organic matter better…
… While adjustments are being made in the soil – soils are sometimes out of equilibrium for years – it is unrealistic to expect the situation will be corrected in a single season or a single month. We can speed the process with the application of [compost].”
There is a lot of wisdom to be gained here even though he speaks of farming. It helps to think of yourself as a farmer of your property and managing systems the way a farmer would.
The soil plugs that come to the surface and are cast aside when we aerate your soil are digested by the organisms just as they would digest the Certified Organic Compost we spread. Corn is a grass. Did you know that? Think of your lawn as a crop field. When you mow regularly and let the clippings lay where they are (this is that “crop stover” he mentions above) you are continually giving food to the soil in the same way.
This process takes a while. The pH of your soil is balanced as you mow your lawn and call us to come and treat your soil. This is crucial. If you’re interested in taking the leap towards a healthier environment for your family and your surroundings, we are offering a 20% discount on fall aerations and seeding for new customers. Feel free to order a compost topdressing as well! Please help us help you and in the process help our earth heal from the wounds created by industrial chemical violence.
Farmer Keith, Foreman & Resident Blogger, signing off.
Earlier this spring we have talked about organic spring pest prevention with our lawn care Raleigh NC colleagues. In that particular article, our specialists recommended homeowners to “mix companion plants and scented herbs with flowers and vegetation plantings as many flowers and spices or even vegetables act as pest repellents.” Our readers got curious and for all the right reasons: now we all know that lavender is an excellent and time-tested moth repellent, right? Are there any other similar herbs, spices or flowers that can act as insect defense? Can they be used as both food enhancement and organic pest control measures? Our lawn care Cary NC pros took over this topic and are here today to tell you a few things about companion plants and pest repellents. Continue reading
There is no responsible homeowner out there to not be concerned about summer weeds – especially because this is the time of year when watering and fertilization are at their peak. Weeds tend to quickly pop out their ugly heads and spread like the plague if they are not well managed. However, if you think about using chemical fertilizers or herbicides, don’t! Heat and chemicals clash and can lead to severe damages to the soil, plants, grass roots, deep soil water streams, and the micro-ecosystem living on your property. Organic weed control in the lack of chemicals is possible our lawn care Apex NC specialists say and today they will explain to you how to manage weeds in order to protect your lawn, landscape, and the environment. Continue reading
Making compost is an art and a science – and if you think it is not, ask around and learn how many trials-and-misses your friends and neighbors went through before achieving the desired outcomes. Many people prefer our lawn care Apex NC experts to come down and offer complete compost topsoil services, thus having lush and healthy properties with no efforts. On the other hand, since not many people know what compost is and how it is made, our specialists decided to offer you today a crash course in compost making. Make sure you pick an isolated spot way back in the garden to build your compost pile, as the stench might not be comfortable. Continue reading
When it comes to organic lawn care, gardening, and landscaping, the problem of fertilizers is probably the most heated one. Pouring and spraying chemicals all over the place might lead to negative results for the environment, the micro-ecosystem thriving on your property, the crops, the children and the pets playing outside. Last time we talked about Epsom Salt as an incredible organic mineral used to boost your lawn’s health and looks. Today, our lawn care Durham NC experts are here to offer you a quick guide on home-made fertilizers. The use of kitchen leftovers in gardening is not new – this is pretty much how compost is made, but let’s take a closer look at what our experts have to say. Continue reading
Organic-oriented and sustainability-focused homeowners are experienced in using different bio approaches to lawn care, landscaping and gardening. Not so long ago we have talked about the use of organic mulches to boost the soil and the plants’ health and looks. Today, however, we will talk about Epsom Salt – an organic product you can find in stores, supermarkets and drugstores which proved time and again that it is an excellent organic gardening tool. Epsom Salt can be incorporated into the soil or mixed with water for sprays – no matter how you use it; this magnesium-rich natural product is all the rage right now in organic gardening. So let’s see what our lawn care Cary, NC specialists have to say about the most common uses of Epsom Salt. Continue reading
Now that spring has gloriously taken over the land, announcing summer, we are all outside taking care of our turfs, plants, flowers, trees and crops. With spring everything green comes back to life. However, there are also other things coming back to life this time of year and start buzzing around for our annoyance only: spring pests. Creepy crawlies invade gardens, looking for safe heavens to feed and breed. Some are more harmful than others but today, of all times, we deeply understand how chemical warfare should be avoided even when we have to deal with common yard spring pests. Our organic lawn care Raleigh, NC specialists are here to offer you a quick guide on spring and summer pest prevention using organic measures. Continue reading
Spring is not so far ahead, so this makes it the best season to start reading and learning about future trends in lawn care and landscaping. After all, we know all homeowners entertain the idea of rejuvenating their properties in spring, planting new flowers or shrubs, changing a few approaches to lawn maintenance and embracing more eco-friendly techniques. Today, our lawn care Raleigh, NC specialists found five organic lawn care and landscaping trends you might want to look into this year. They are meant to promote sustainability, preservation of resources and overall protection of the micro-ecosystems thriving on your property. Continue reading