Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Spring lawn Care steps for a healthy and beautiful yard in Boise, Eagle, Meridian, and Nampa Idaho.

Today is the first day of spring on the calendar and many homeowners are wondering if there are steps they can take now to ensure a beautiful lawn this summer. 
Below are some of the recommendations to help prevent or minimize common problems as well as increase the health or your yard in the spring:

Take a survey or your trees and hedges.  Do they need pruning or shaping?  Now is the time to decide whether you want to take this on yourself or hire someone to do them for you.

Are there depressions in your grass where puddles are forming after a rain?  Low spots will cause poor drainage which can lead to lawn weeds, lawn pests and lawn diseases.  This is another good time to practice organic lawn care. To level out the area, take compost and mix it with top soil.  Put the mixture on any areas with low spots.  Take a rake and level out the area.

Clean up any leaves or branches, dog waste, or other items that may have accumulated on your lawn or in garden beds through the winter.  (Remember that yard waste makes great compost).

Apply Pre-Emergent to you lawn in early spring to prevent crab grass and other problem weeds from germinating.

Apply fertilizer to your lawn in mid-spring to give it the nutrients it needs to be healthy.  Healthy grass Is able to resist diseases and weeds better as well as just plain looks better.

Mow and Trim your lawn.  It is recommended that the first mowing of the season be short (2 to 2 ¾ inches) which will help eliminate dead grass.

A lush green lawn in summer begins with planning and implementation in the spring.  At Organic Solutions! Inc., we can design a plan that will keep your grasses and landscape healthy through each season of the year.  Contact us today for a free estimate.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Pruning tips for your trees, shrubs and flowers in Boise, Eagle, Meridian, and Nampa Idaho.

At Organic Solutions! Inc., we are gearing up for Spring and getting ready to start our spring pruning and clean-ups.  Pruning is an art as well as a science, knowing how to prune as well as when to prune can make all the difference on how well your shrubs and trees grow and thrive. 

For the novice pruner, a good place to start is to remove dead, diseased, or damaged stems/branches in order to prevent disease or insect infestation.  After these have been removed, pruning should focus on removing crossing branches, water spouts (vigorous shoots that grow straight up from the trunk or side branches) and suckers (those shoots that develop beneath or near the ground).

Proper pruning techniques are important but there are rules of thumb that need to be observed as to when to prune.  In today’s blog, we will highlight some of the best times to prune for a variety of flowers, edibles, shrubs, and trees.

Flowers look best when you remove the old and fading flowers, a process known as deadheading.  This process allows them to put more energy into blooming rather than going to seed, and in many cases result in even more blooms.  Annual flowers don’t need a lot of pruning, but you can prevent sprawling and help the plants to look more dense by removing some of the long, bare stems.  Perennial flowers can become tall and leggy and flop over, when this happens you can try shearing them back to 6-12 inches above ground which will help them to branch out and become stockier.

Edibles, such as berries and grapes also require pruning.  Grape vines require extensive pruning to keep them productive.  It is best to prune grapes during the dormant season.    Bush berries such as blueberry, gooseberry, and currant bushes are most productive when one third of the oldest stems are cut to ground level in winter.  Cane berries such as raspberries and blackberries typically grow on stems called canes which don’t fruit until its second year of growth.  As these canes fruit and die a new years growth is also developing that will fruit the following year.  After the cane has finished bearing they won’t bear again need to be removed.  You can also pinch back the tips of the first-year canes when they reach about 3-4 feet in order to cause the cane to branch.  An exception to this rule are Everbearing type of raspberries.  This variety will develop fruit on first year canes.  Don’t pinch them back but allow them to flower and fruit.  In winter you can remove the stem tips of the canes that bore fruit so that it will produce a crop the following spring and then you can remove that cane completely.

Shrubs that don’t produce showy blooms such as barberry and burning bush can be pruned almost anytime except in late autumn.  If you want to do major pruning on these bushes, it is best to wait until the shrub has gone into dormancy in the winter.  Shrubs such as boxwood and privet are often sheared to form a hedge.  To maintain good growth, shear the new growth frequently during the early part of the growing season.  It is best to keep the top more narrow than the bottom so that the upper branches don’t shade the lower branches.  Stop shearing hedges about 6 weeks before the first frost. 

Spring-flowering trees and shrubs such as lilac and rhododendron bear flowers on wood formed the previous year.  The best time to prune them is in late spring as soon as they finish blooming.  If you wait you will end up removing flower buds and decrease the amount of bloom for spring.  It is a good idea to remove some of the oldest shoots all the way to ground so that younger stems can grow and bloom. 

Summer-blooming trees and shrubs such as butterfly bush and crape myrtle produce flowers on new growth from the current season.  It is best to prune these in the winter when dormant or in early spring before new growth.  You can even cut them all the way to the ground in late winter and they will still bloom that summer. 

Roses such as climbers and old garden varieties that bloom only once a year should be pruned after they finish blooming.  Repeat bloomers including hybrid tea roses and modern shrub roses are pruned mostly to retain shape or remove winter damaged canes.  If they do become overgrown, cut them back in early spring.

Trees come in all shapes and sizes and each variety has specific pruning needs.  For deciduous trees such as oak, linden, and ash they should be pruned when they are dormant in winter.   Some trees such as maples, birches, elms, and dogwoods are known to produce heavy sap flow when pruned in winter.  This sap may be unsightly, but doesn’t harm the tree.  But if you desire you can prune these varieties when their leaves have fully expanded in the summer.

Deciduous fruit trees (apples, crabapples, peaches, pears, plums, and cherries) should be pruned in midwinter.  Although it may remove some of the flower buds, it will open up the tree and allow in more light for a better crop of fruit.  If you wait and prune during the growing season you can expose the tree to bacterial disease.

Evergreen trees and shrubs also have different pruning seasons, depending on type.  Most broadleaf evergreens such as holly need little pruning.  The best time is early spring, just before their growth spurt but you can do minor shaping/pruning at other times of year as well.  Needle-leaf or scale Evergreens such as juniper, cypress, yew, fir, and arborvitae are best pruned early in the growing season.  You can trim a few branch tips in midwinter for indoor decorations.   True pine trees are more particular and form buds only at the branch tips before the stem becomes woody.  For best results prune only a portion of the new growth (candle stage) before the needles have fully expanded.  Prune only about half of the expanding “candle”. 

At Organic Solutions! Inc., we can expertly prune your trees and provide seasonal clean up services to keep your yard beautiful all year long.  If you live in the Treasure Valley and would like an estimate for any or our lawn care or landscaping services, call us today, 208-884-8986

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Preventing Crabgrass in Boise, Eagle, Meridian, and Nampa Idaho.

One of the most common weed problems that we encounter in the Boise, Idaho area is Crabgrass.  Crabgrass is a difficult weed to control and sometimes impossible to eradicate completely.  Crabgrass grows vigorously in the summer heat and then goes to seed before dying in the fall.  A single crabgrass weed can distribute thousands of seeds many of these seeds will germinate the following spring.  But some of seeds will lay dormant and germinate years later. 

The most effective way to treat crabgrass is to use a pre-emergent herbicide.  When applied in the spring it will destroy the seedlings before they can sprout.  Because of the way a pre-emergent herbicide works, the timing of the application is critical.  If you apply too early the herbicide breaks down before it is needed.  If you apply too late, the seeds have already germinated and the herbicide is ineffective. 
Another way to help your lawn fight off crabgrass is to do all you can to ensure that your lawn is healthy.  This includes the following steps:
Fertilize to increase the nutrients in the soil;
Filling in bald spots by overseeding;
Irrigating correctly which means deeply and less frequently; and
Mowing consistently and not too short.

A dense healthy lawn will make it harder for crabgrass seeds to germinate and take root.  At Organic Solutions! Inc., we use organic products that actually improve the health of your lawn rather than just treat the symptoms.

To schedule spring pre-emergent or to receive a free estimate on lawncare, give us a call, 208-884-8986.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Why hire a professional lawn care company in Boise, Eagle, Meridian, and Nampa Idaho.

A great looking yard doesn’t happen by accident it takes consistency, knowledge, and hard work to achieve that perfect green lawn that is the envy of the neighborhood.  Not only does a healthy lawn require a consistent mowing schedule it also requires fertilization.  But fertilization and lawn treatment requirements are time sensitive and unique to each lawns needs.  The knowledge of seasonal care requirements as well as how to treat the various problems that may arise can be daunting. 

Here are some of the main reasons you might consider hiring a professional lawn care company:

Consistent Scheduling.  Timing is extremely important in the care and treatment of your yard.  There are certain seasons in which some treatments are more successful than others.  For example if you want a Pre-Emergent that keeps weeds from germinating, you have a very small window in the spring and the fall in which to get optimum results.  And for a healthy lawn, regular fertilization spread throughout the growing season is recommended.

Proper Methods.  An experienced lawn tech will know what treatments work for your particular grass and the issues that may be stressing it.  They can adjust the amounts of fertilizer and the type of nutrients they use each time they come based on the needs at the time.  They will also know when and how to apply the treatments for the best result.

Healthy Outcomes.  At Organic Solutions, Inc., we endeavor to use organic products that not only increase the health of your lawn but are also safe for you, your family, and your pets.  We are continually striving for excellence in the lawn care industry and seeking to use the very best and safest products available.

If you would like to take the time and worry out of keeping your lawn fed and healthy, give us a call for a free estimate, 208-884-8986.   You can also reach us by email, organicsolutionsinc@outlook.com, or through our website, www.idahoorganicsolutions.com!

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Friday, February 2, 2018

Lawn Care programs designed for a healthy beautiful lawn in Boise, Eagle, Nampa, and Meridian, Idaho

Beautiful lawns don’t just happen by accident.  A lush healthy lawn requires planning and patience.  And part of that planning process involves seasonal lawn fertilization.  But because there is a science involved in the type of fertilizer and when it can be applied during the year, your best bet is to find a lawn care company that understands the science and can help develop a lawn care program designed with your yards unique needs in mind.
In Idaho most people have Kentucky Blue grass or another variety of cool season grasses.  Cool season grasses come out of their winter dormancy in early spring and begin to grow rapidly.  This growth slows down in the summer heat and then slowly picks back up in the fall with cooler temperatures.  In the fall most of the growth energy is focused on root growth and carbohydrate storage in preparation for winter.
A good lawn fertilization program will take the growth cycle of grass into consideration, applying just enough to keep the grass functioning properly but not cause any stress.  Organic fertilizer is a great choice because not only is safer but it is less likely to burn your lawn and it will also promote healthy soil through beneficial soil microorganisms which provides natural aeration of the soil.
Consistent fertilization will help your lawn recover from stresses and diseases as well as improve color, density, and growth.  Fertilization when accompanied by preventive insect control for billbug and other damaging insects as well as weed prevention and control measures is the best way to ensure a healthy beautiful lawn all season long.
At Organic Solutions! Inc., we understand your lawn’s needs as well as the particular needs of grasses grown in Idaho.  With this information in mind, we have developed some lawn care programs that can be customized to meet your particular needs.
Top choice
Complete program
*5 balanced lawn treatments
*Selective guaranteed weed control
*2 Crabgrass pre-emergent and weed control (spring & fall)
*1 surface insect treatments
*complimentary service calls
*priority scheduling
Value program
*5 balanced lawn treatments
*Selective guaranteed weed control
*Crabgrass pre-emergent
*1 surface insect treatment
*Complimentary service calls
Basic program
*3 balanced lawn treatments
*Selective weed control
*Crabgrass pre-emergent
*Service calls are not included

If you would like more information on our lawn care programs, please contact us today for a free estimate.  We can be reached by phone, 208-884-8986, or by email, organicsolutionsinc@outlook.com.

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Prevention is half the battle in caring for your trees and shrubs in Boise, Eagle, Meridian, and Nampa Idaho.

At organic Solutions! Inc., we recognize that lawn care is much more than having green grass.  Our lawn maintenance includes the much needed preventative care for trees and shrubs.  It won’t be long before we will be busy pruning trees and applying spring dormant oil.

If you are not familiar with dormant oil, it is used to treat and destroy the overwintering eggs of insects, caterpillars, and mites that are harmful to your fruit trees and landscape ornamentals.  

Applying dormant oil now will help to keep your trees and shrubs healthy and give you a head start on insect management.

If you have had a problem in the past with pesky bugs feasting on your trees and shrubs, you might want to consider applying dormant oil before those trees begin to bud.  For a free estimate on preventative care please contact us.  We can be reached by phone, 208-884-8986 or by email, organicsolutionsinc@outlook.com.  

We can also be reached through our website:  www.idahoorganicsolutions.com.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Preventing “Nuisance Fruit” in Boise, Eagle, Meridian, and Nampa Idaho.

At Organic Solutions! Inc, lawn care is about more than just having green grass.  We also specialize in services to manage and care for your trees and shrubs.   As spring approaches we get more and more calls regarding “nuisance fruit” and how to prevent it.

What is “Nuisance fruit”?  Homeowners and landscapers often plant ornamental fruit bearing trees (such as plum and crabapple) because they produce beautiful flowers in the spring and provide nice foliage throughout the summer.  They are sometimes preferable to other trees because they won’t grow too large or too tall for most suburban and urban landscapes.   There are some industrious folks who will find ways to use the fruit that these trees produce, but in most cases the fruit is more of a nuisance than a blessing, especially when the rotting fruit begins to drop all over sidewalks, patios, and driveways.

There are ways to prevent trees from bearing fruit and thus eliminate the mess and safety hazards that comes with unharvested fruit.   At Organic Solutions! Inc., we have the materials to “defruit” your trees but the window of opportunity for best results is now.  It is best to treat the tree while it is blooming or in full bloom because effectiveness is dependent on spraying the flowering bud.  Temperature is also a factor in effective spraying, ideally daytime temperatures should be above 60 degrees but not higher than 95 degrees.

Some other factors to consider before spraying to eliminate fruit is the health of the tree to begin with.  If the tree is already stressed from drought, insects, poor soil, or disease then spraying the trees could cause injury such as leaf scorch that could further weaken the tree’s condition.

With these considerations in mind, you may want to consider hiring a professional for your “defruiting” needs.  The arborists at Organic Solutions! Inc are Boise's, Meridian's, Eagle's, and Nampa's experts in tree care; and we understand the important role your trees play in your home’s landscape. We have the skill and equipment to care for your trees and shrubs according to the very latest guidelines for appearance, health and safety.

If your trees or shrubs could use some professional attention contact us today for a free estimate, by phone, 208-884-8986,  or by email, organicsolutionsinc@outlook.com.  You can also find more great information and contact us through our website, www.idahoorganicsolutions.com.

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