Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Preventing winter damage to your turf in Boise, Eagle, Meridian, and Nampa Idaho.


It’s January in the Treasure Valley and although the weather has been warmer than usual – winter weather is on the way.  The usually vibrant green of the grass has begun turning brown as it goes into a state of dormancy.  Even though it looks like it is dying, the grass is still alive and will green up again when the weather warms up in the spring.  But if we are hit with extreme cold temperatures and moisture isn’t allowed to reach the roots of the grass, your grass could get winter frost burn and be damaged. 
Grass can also be damaged in the winter from too much traffic.  In the cold and freezing months you should avoid walking, playing, parking and driving on the grass.  Grass is pretty resilient but has a harder time recovering from well-worn paths that occur during dormancy.  Try to keep your sidewalks and driveways cleared of snow so that there will be less temptation to walk through the yard.  Leaving cars or other objects on frozen turf will at the least make those areas more susceptible to weeds in the spring and at the worst result in dead spots. 

At Organic Solutions! Inc., we strive to give you the healthiest lawn all year long.  Our organic fertilizer can help your lawn revive quicker and look more vibrant in the spring.  If you would like to receive a free estimate for our fertilization and weed control programs, please contact us!  We can be reached by phone, 208-884-8986, by email, organicsolutionsinc@outlook.com, or through our website, www.idahoorganicsolutions.com.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Winterizing lawn and landscape tools in Boise, Meridian, Nampa, and Eagle, Idaho.


As fall gives way to winter, it is important to winterize your lawn equipment to extend its life and efficiency.  Taking the time and effort to properly winterize your lawn care equipment is worth the time and effort and it takes and will guarantee fewer issues in the spring.

Small engines such as found in your lawn mowers and gas powered trimmers and blowers are susceptible to a variety of problems caused by today’s blended fuels.  It is recommended that you treat your gasoline with a fuel stabilizer and allow it to circulate through your gas powered motors, and if possible run the gasoline out of the tank.  This is also a good time to change the oil and complete any other maintenance tasks such as sharpening the blades on your mower.  Make sure to check with and comply with the manufacturers recommendations for winterizing your lawn equipment.


This is also a good time to take care of your lawn and garden tools.  Make sure that you clean off your shovels, trowels, garden hoses and such before storing them.  You can use a wire brush for hard to remove soil and rust and then wipe the tool down with some motor oil to keep them from rusting again.  If your wooden handles are rough, you can use sandpaper to smooth them out and then apply some linseed oil to prevent the wood from drying out and splitting.  Garden hoses should be disconnected, drained and stored indoors to prolong their life. 

While you are winterizing your lawn care equipment it is also a good idea to inspect your snowblower and make sure it is ready before the snow starts to fall.  Besides the engine, inspect the blades/auger, clutch, belt and any other common wear parts.  Make sure the nuts and bolts are in place and properly torqued.  Make sure to check the manufacturers recommendations.  This is also a good time to make sure you have a good snow shovel on hand.

At Organic Solutions! Inc, our goal is to help you have a beautiful healthy lawn no matter the season.  If you would like to talk to one of our expert team members about your lawn’s particular needs and how we can help you achieve your landscaping goals, give us a call, 208-884-8986.



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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Fall Deep Root Feeding for your trees and shrubs in Boise, Eagle, Meridian, and Nampa Idaho.



We often talk about the importance of healthy soil for your lawn and garden.  But today we want to focus on the importance of healthy soil for your trees.  Trees are a valuable investment in your landscape as well as an important natural resource.  In order to ensure the health and vitality of your trees, nutrient rich soil is essential.

At Organic Solutions, Inc., we recognize the importance of having healthy trees in our neighborhoods and communities and have seen the benefit of our Fall deep root fertilization applications.  Having a deep root feeding in the fall will help your trees overcome the stress from summer and prepare them for the winter ahead.  The slow release formula will also feed and nourish your tree throughout the year head. 

As long as the ground is not frozen, there is still time to for our expert technicians to inject your trees and shrubs with a deep root fertilizer.  Deep root feeding is also an environmentally friendly practice that reduces fertilizer run-off as well promotes healthy soil and strong and healthy trees.

If you would like to schedule a deep root feeding for your trees and/or shrubs, contact us today!  We can be reached by phone, 208-884-8986, email, organicsolutionsinc@outlook.com, or through our website, www.idahoorganicsolutions.com




Friday, October 25, 2019

Fall Preventive care for 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.  At this time of year Organic Solutions, Inc. is ramping up for fall pruning and for fall dormant oil applications.

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 now.  Contact us today to get on the schedule for a fall dormant oil treatment.  We can be reached by phone, 208-884-8986 or by email, organicsolutionsinc@outlook.com.  You can also reach us through our website:  www.idahoorganicsolutions.com

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

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 farmers 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 2020.
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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Why late summer fertilization is critical to your grass in Boise, Nampa, Eagle, and Meridian, Idaho


Summer is winding down in the Treasure Valley and it is an excellent time to fertilize your lawn.  The summer heat has been stressful for your turf leaving it vulnerable to weeds and insects.  Feeding your lawn now in the late summer has many advantages.

The first advantage for fertilizing in the late summer is that it will strengthen and protect against weeds and insects as well as any other stressors such as foot traffic.  The second advantage to a late summer fertilization is that the cooler weather will produce new root growth and the nutrients from the fertilizer will help to feed the growth which will decrease the stress as it tries to recover and re-grow from the damage caused by the high summer temperatures.
Proper fertilization and weed control will not only improve the color, growth, and health of your lawn; it will also help your lawn be in the best possible shape to survive the coming 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.  
Phone:  208-884-8986
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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Keeping weeds out of your gravel in Boise, Nampa, Eagle, and Meridian, Idaho


Having a gravel sidewalk, pathway, or driveway can add a lot of rustic charm to your home and is definitely more economical than other hardscape options such as pavers, asphalt, or concrete.  Gravel is not only more budget friendly but is also more environmentally friendly than many hardscape options because it allows for drainage.  But the one drawback that gravel has is that it can also become overgrown with weeds.

To avoid weeds in gravel there are a few steps you can take before you put gravel in.  It’s a good idea to turn the soil and check for and remove any weeds or plant life that is visible.  You can then put down some protective mulch or a fabric weed barrier before you lay the gravel.  A weed suppressant material is generally very effective in stopping weeds from growing but over time, especially with heavy use, the fabric can become damaged and small punctures form, allowing weeds to come through.  Airborne weeds can also grow on top of the fabric. 

Another option before laying your gravel is to “brine” the pathway with salt or a mixture of salt and vinegar.  The only downside to this organic method of weed control is that it can negatively impact grass and gardens nearby.  There are also preemergent herbicides that can stop weeds from germinating.

The thicker the gravel the less likely weeds will be able to break their way through.  It is recommended that you use a 3 to 5 inch layer of gravel to prevent weed growth.  Make sure that your gravel areas stay dry and that you are not allowing irrigation water to run on the gravel.  Water will facilitate weed growth.

If your gravel area is already in place and weeds are starting to become a problem there are some options.  If the area is relatively small you can pull the weeds by hand.  If you have a weed barrier in place, you may need to use a special tool such as a corkscrew or long bladed trowel to pull long rooted weeds out with minimal damage to the barrier.  Raking your gravel regularly can also help remove surface weeds.

As a full service lawn care and landscaping company, Organic Solutions, Inc., can help you prevent weeds before installing gravel or we can help you tackle the problem grass and weeds that are encroaching on your existing gravel pathways or driveways.  To speak to a professional about your particular concerns and to receive a free estimate, contact us today! 

Phone:  208-884-8986



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