Friday, October 20, 2017

5 ways you can “go green” with your lawn care and landscaping in Boise, Meridian, Eagle, and Nampa Idaho

As the growing season winds down and you begin to think about preparing your lawn and landscape for winter, it is a good time to evaluate the changes you would like to make to your lawn and landscape for next year.  Perhaps you would like to incorporate more environmentally friendly practices that nurture wildlife and conserve water and energy.
If you would like your outdoor space to a be a safe, healthy, eco-friendly place for friends and family to gather to relax, eat, and play together then you might consider these 5 “green” options.
1.      Native plants
Using plants that are native to your area also means they are more suited to growing in your local environment, which makes them more resistance to pests and diseases.   It also means they will require less maintenance and water than other more exotic plants.

2.      Butterflies and Bees
Provide areas in your yard and garden to attract nature’s pollinators; the butterflies and bees.  In North America we are in the midst of a major bee epidemic and bees are a much needed source of pollination for crop production so any steps we can take to increase the bee population is good step ecologically speaking.  It has been suggested that having 10 or more species of attractive plants is the best way to entice most bees.
3.     Trees
Planting trees is a great benefit to the environment, not only can trees reduce pollution by cleaning the air we breathe, they can also reduce energy use.  Planting a deciduous tree which drops its leaves in the fall is a great way to provide shade in the summer and allow sunlight to flow through in the winter.  Planting trees on the east and west facing sides of your home will maximize their benefit.  You can also plant evergreen trees to block the cold winter winds.  Once you have determined the most dominant direction of wind during the winter months you can then plant your evergreens upwind to achieve the best protection.
4.     Automatic Irrigation system
Having a built in sprinkler system can actually reduce water usage especially if your landscaping has different water requirements in different zones.  Plants and trees benefit from deep root soaking periodically rather than light shallow watering.  And watering the yard in the early morning will reduce water loss to evaporation as well aid in absorption.   Drip irrigation systems are even more efficient and allows you to deliver the water directly to where it is needed.

5.     Organic fertilizer
Organic fertilizers help the environment in many ways.  One of the biggest reasons to use an organic material on your lawn and plants is to reduce harmful wastewater run-off.  Another very good reason to use organic products is because they are safer for you, your family, and your pets. 

You can make a difference to the environment from your own backyard!  If you are interested in sustainable landscape designs that reduce waste and promote a healthy environment, contact Organic Solutions! Inc., a family owned business that cares about you, your family and the environment in which you work, live, and play.
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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

What you should know about weeds as winter approaches in Boise, Nampa, Meridian, and Eagle, Idaho

Weeds are resilient and amazing plants when you think about it.  Weeds tend to grow and reproduce much quicker than the plants we desire – because they are highly adaptable and easily spread.  Weeds can be brought to our yard by wind currents or through irrigation water.  They can be carried onto our property by animals, hay/straw bales, or even the tires on our vehicles.
Weeds cause more loss to famers than insects, disease, or critters that graze on their crops.  And weeds are the most common complaint that we hear about in the lawn care industry, especially as weeds develop more and more resistance to common weed control products.
Many weeds are annuals, which means they germinate, grow to maturity, and die in less than a year’s time.  Since annuals die each year, that means they must reproduce from seed in order to ensure their survival.  Winter annuals germinate in the late summer/early fall and then survive the cold of winter and grow quickly in the spring.  Many weeds can produce several thousand seeds each year which means they will be even more prolific the next year unless a remedy is found.   
So what can you do to reduce weeds in your lawn?  You can apply a pre-emergent to keep weed seeds from germinating which will definitely reduce weed growth.  But the number one remedy to a weed filled lawn – is to grow a healthy dense grass.  Trying to manage weeds without building a healthy lawn is an impossible task.
At Organic Solutions, Inc., we have developed a system of lawn care that takes into consideration the science behind healthy turf and its competition, the resilient weed.  We use the highest quality, natural-based organic lawn fertilizer that is custom blended by our lawn care experts. 

Our organic lawn fertilizer is full of live micro-organisms that naturally aerate the soil as well as provide the nourishment that your grass needs to grow thick, green and healthy.  And because it is organic it is safe for humans, pets, and the environment.  Contact us today for a free estimate on our fertilization and weed control packages and get a head start on a healthy lawn for 2018.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

When should you stop mowing your lawn in Boise, Nampa, Meridian, and Eagle, Idaho

It’s October and the question that we commonly hear at this time of year is, when should we stop mowing our lawn?

You may be tempted to stop mowing once your irrigation water has been shut off and your sprinklers winterized.  But don’t put away the mower just yet!  Retiring your lawn mower too early can be unhealthy for turf. 

Snow Mold
Most lawns in the Treasure Valley contain Kentucky Blue Grass, which is a cool season grass.  Cool season grasses go through a period of rejuvenation and growth in the fall as the weather cools.  If you stop mowing mid-October, you could end up with fairly long grass before winter sets in.  Long grass mats easier and makes it more susceptible to winter kill and promotes snow mold.  Last year’s record snow fall resulted in many cases of snow mold in the Boise valley and they are predicting a repeat this year.  

It is recommended that you continue to mow at least through the end of October, dropping your mowing height from the summer 3 inches to a short 1.5 – 2 inch cut for your final mowing.  This is vital in keeping your grass healthy in the dormant stage and will promote a faster green lawn in the spring. 

It is also important to remember as you cut your lawn in the fall is to make sure that your mower blades are sharp.  A clean cut is especially important for the health of your lawn.  When the mower blades are dull they actually pull at the grass and leave a serrated edge that makes the grass more vulnerable to lawn diseases.

Organic Solutions! Inc. has been providing the best commercial and residential lawn mowing service in Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Nampa, Star, Kuna, and the Treasure Valley for over 17 years. We use only top quality lawn mowing equipment which lends to the incredible professional look that you receive when using our lawn mowing service.  If you would like to end the season with a great looking lawn or get an estimate on services for next year, give us a call, 208-884-8986, or email,

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The benefits of mulching your fall leaves in Boise, Nampa, Meridian, and Eagle, Idaho

Should you rake and remove or mow and leave?  When it comes to falling leaves, maybe you never knew you had a choice.  Many of us were brought up to believe that you should always rake your leaves and remove them from your lawn because not only was it “tidier” but better for your grass.  But science is telling us that our lawns could actually benefit from the annual input that the autumnal leaves bring.

But won’t the leaves smother and kill the grass?  Well yes, excessive accumulation of leaves that are left in thick piles throughout the winter, can kill your grass.  But fallen leaves can also provide an additional layer of beneficial organic material that will ultimately compost into much needed nutrients for your lawn and plants.  As noted by National Wildlife Federation Naturalist David Mizejewski, “Fallen leaves offer a double benefit. Leaves form a natural mulch that helps suppress weeds and fertilizes the soil as it breaks down.  According to a Michigan State study, mulching leaves into a lawn will actually reduce dandelions by 60%. 

In order to get the best benefit from your leaves and avoid harming your lawn, it is recommended that you actually mow over the fallen leaves to turn them into smaller pieces.  A mulching mower will make easy work of the leaves, but if you don’t have one any mower will do.   First you will need to rake or blow leaves from your beds into your lawn, then run over the leaves a few times with the mower to chop them into small pieces.  Lightly rake the chopped leaves into a pile and mow that pile a few more times.  You can then rake the leaf mulch into the lawn.

You can also use this leaf compost as a mulch around your trees and flower beds.  Covering your garden beds with a thick mulch in the fall is a simple and effective way to build nutrients in the soil to feed your plants and trees.  

Remember that fall is a great time to address any issues you might be having with your lawn as well as start an organic lawn care program to feed your lawn before winter. 

At Organic Solutions! Inc., we have been in the lawn care business for over 17 years and are experts in the unique needs of your Treasure Valley turf.  If you would like an estimate on our lawn care programs, please contact us.  We can be reached by email,, or by phone, 208-884-8986.
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Thursday, September 21, 2017

The importance of winterizing your sprinkler system in Boise, Nampa, Meridian, and Eagle, Idaho

As summer winds down and the weather cools, our thoughts turn to the fast approaching winter.  Last year’s unprecedented snowfall in the Treasure Valley
is said to be duplicated this year.  And as a company, we saw many costly issues with sprinkler lines that were caused from irrigation systems not being blown out correctly or even not being blown out all. With that in mind, we want to focus today on the importance of winterizing your sprinkler system.

Whenever your sprinkler system is used, some water is always left in the pipes, even if you drain your system.  This water becomes an issue when temperatures drop below freezing.  The freezing and expanding of the water can then lead to cracked pipes and fittings. Frozen water in the system can also affect the valves and anti-siphon devises which are expensive to repair and replace.  Metal parts are especially vulnerable to the effects of alternately freezing and thawing over time. 

To prevent damage, we recommend a sprinkler blow-out.  A “blow-out” consists of sending pressurized air through the system to ensure that any leftover water is removed.  Failing to winterize your sprinkler system can result in severe damage not only to your sprinkler system but potentially with your property, especially your lawn, due to flowing.

At Organic Solutions! Inc., we urge you to hire a trained professional to winterize your irrigation system to ensure that it is done properly.  We are in the process of scheduling for sprinkler blow-outs and encourage you to contact us and get on the calendar before it is too late.  

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Preventing Spring weeds in the Fall in Boise, Nampa, Meridian, and Eagle, Idaho

One of the preventative lawn care treatments that we provide to our customers in the Treasure Valley is fall pre-emergent weed control.  Applying a fall pre-emergent is a great way to prevent pesky weeds from appearing in your lawn in the spring.
There are many variety of weeds that germinate in the fall, survive the winter, and actively grow in spring. Which means that the only preventive means of ridding your turf of invasive weeds such as henbit, annual bluegrass, chickweed, corn speedwell and lawn burrweed (or spurweed), thistle, dandelion, and clover is the application of a fall pre-emergent.
Pre-emergent herbicides stop weeds before they sprout by prohibiting weed seeds from germinating.   The timing of a pre-emergent application in the late summer, early fall is critical because once weeds appear in your lawn, it is too late. 

As Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  At Organic Solutions! Inc., we are experts in preventing problem weeds before they appear in your lawn. If you would like to get the full benefit of a fall pre-emergent, contact us today to get on the schedule.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Proper lawn mower maintenance is important for your mower and your grass in Boise, Nampa, Eagle, and Meridian, Idaho

Lawn mowers can really take a beating, yet many people neglect to care for their mower until something breaks.  Preventative maintenance can go a long way to keep your mower running smoothly all season long.  With this in mind we’ve compiled some maintenance tips that will help you have a better cut as well as extend the life of your mower.

Check the air filter – Having a dirty air filter can create all kinds of issues such as making the engine run rich which can foul a plug.  Also if your filter is torn it can allow debris into the cylinder which can create some expensive problems with our mower. 
Clean the mower deck after each mow – Grass can collect under the deck and disrupt airflow which will affect the quality of your cut.  Accumulated grass can also contribute to rusting.
Sharpen mower blades – dull blades tear grass which is more stressful to your turf than a clean cut which makes it more susceptible to weeds and disease.  A clean cut always looks better as well so you should sharpen your blades at least 3 times during the year.
Check tire pressure – Low tire pressure not only affects your steering but also the quality of your cut.  If you notice your lawn mower deck is uneven it’s a good possibility that your tire pressure is uneven. 
Use quality fuel – Make sure that you buy top quality and if possible alcohol free fuel.  Alcohol in the gas can draw water through the vents and bring it into your gas tank, which can cause numerous issues if it gets into your fuel system.  Make sure you store your gas properly and keep your mower out of the elements to reduce the risk of water and rust. 
Run engine at proper RPMs – Most lawn mowers today are meant to be ran at full throttle which helps to pull enough air to cool the motor and keep the blades turning at the right speed.  Running your mower slower will labor the engine and lower the blade tip speed which will impact the quality of your cut.
Cut grass at proper height – If you have neglected to mow and the lawn is twice as tall as normal, make sure that you adjust the deck to account for the taller grass.  The general rule for grass is to never cut more than half the blade when you mow. This means that if your grass is 10” high, you should cut at 5”.  More than this will labor your engine.
When you invest in a lawn mower, you want to ensure that it lasts as long as possible.  Proper maintenance is the first step in keeping your lawn mower running well and cutting your lawn with ease.  If you notice your mower isn’t running right, don’t wait to have it repaired, inaction or the wrong action can be costly. 

Many people don’t have the time to maintain their lawns as well as their lawn equipment.  At Organic Solutions! Inc., we can provide weekly mowing and trimming service that takes the hassle out of having a beautiful yard all season long.  Give us a call for a free estimate, 208-884-8986

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