Avoid Combination Fertilizers – “Weed and Feed” Products

1) Granular “weed and feed” products are over applied to the entire lawn, not merely to areas of weeds, so are counter to pesticide reduction strategies. The mixture of fertilizer and herbicide is incompatible because one ingredient should be applied to the entire lawn, and one is intended for problem spots. 2) Granular “weed and… Continue reading Avoid Combination Fertilizers – “Weed and Feed” Products

Chinch Bugs

Only a fraction of the insects species that make our lawns teem with life actually cause damage. Pesticides can kill both beneficial and harmful insects in your lawn. Natural lawn and garden care practices to increase the health and pest resistance of your lawn, should help eliminate pesticides as an option. Being aware of your… Continue reading Chinch Bugs

European Crane Fly

Only a fraction of the insects species that make our lawns teem with life actually cause damage. Pesticides can kill both beneficial and harmful insects in your lawn. Natural lawn and garden care practices to increase the health and pest resistance of your lawn should help eliminate pesticides as an option. Being aware of your… Continue reading European Crane Fly

Ground Covers

Grass is high maintenance compared to some other landscape alternatives. Grass will provide its greatest benefits where it can be used for its best functions, such as the high traffic and recreational areas of your yard. Other areas can be maintained in greenery by substituting turf for a wide variety of low growing ground covers.… Continue reading Ground Covers

Homemade Pest Control Recipes

Homemade Pest Control Recipes: Insects & Solutions Insect RepellentCompanion Plant e.g. Plant marigolds around tomatoes and cabbages. Garlic and onions will also discourage insects. AntsEncircle ant burrow opening with a line of red chili powder, paprika, or dried peppermint leaves. AphidsMix garlic and green onions in a blender; strain; add soap flakes to the liquid.… Continue reading Homemade Pest Control Recipes

Questions to ask Lawn Care Providers

As public concern about pesticides increases, more and more lawn care companies may be advertising their products and services as organic or environmentally friendly. Unfortunately these terms may be used indiscriminately.  Despite their use of synthetic chemical fertilizers and pesticides, many lawn care companies claim to be organic or environmentally friendly. When choosing a company… Continue reading Questions to ask Lawn Care Providers

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White Grubs

Only a fraction of the insect species teeming from your lawn actually causes damage. Pesticides can kill both beneficial and harmful insects. Natural lawn and garden care practices increase the health and pest resistance of your lawn, and should help eliminate the need for pesticides. Being aware of your lawn’s needs through careful monitoring and… Continue reading White Grubs