Friday, November 2, 2018

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


As fall gradually 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.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Fall Clean-up and Pruning in Boise, Eagle, Meridian, and Nampa Idaho.


Autumn is in full swing as evidenced by the cooler weather and falling leaves.  At Organic Solution! Inc., our November schedule is dedicated to fall clean-ups and pruning so that your outdoor space will not only look beautiful but will be in good shape before the snowy days of winter.

Removing leaves, cleaning up flower beds, and pruning your trees and shrubs isn’t just for aesthetic purposes but can actually prevent snow and ice damage as well as pests and diseases.  Having these services done in the fall will help your yard and trees to be healthy and ready to spring back to life when winter ends.

We recognize that the amount of work that needs to be done to get your landscape ready for winter can be overwhelming.   Hiring a professional lawn care and landscape company can take the worry and the work out of your fall clean-up and help you enjoy all the benefits of the season.

If you would like expert service with excellent results, contact us today to get on the schedule.  We can be reached by phone, 208-884-8986, by email, organicsolutionsinc@outlook.com, or through our website, www.idahoorganicsolutions.com.



Friday, October 12, 2018

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.  

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Friday, October 5, 2018

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 are 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.    

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 18 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.  

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Monday, September 24, 2018

What you should know about weeds in Boise, Meridian, Nampa, 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 2019.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Treating the Turf Disease Powdery Mildew in Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Nampa, Idaho.



Because of the nice dry climate we have in Southern Idaho we do not have as many issues with turf diseases as other regions.  Usually when disease is a problem in a lawn it is because of improper fertilization or irrigation practices.  One of the turf diseases we do encounter occasionally is Powdery Mildew. 

Powdery Mildew mostly effects bluegrasses and fescues in areas that have received excessive shade or poor air circulation.  The mildew fungus is found on the surface of grass leaves and resembles a white powdery substance. The fungus causes the affected areas to turn yellow and cause lower leaves to die.  Typically we see this disease in the spring or fall when temperatures range in the 60’s and low 70’s. 

If Powdery Mildew is present consider first managing any sources of shade.  You may need to trim trees and bushes to minimize shade and improve air circulation.  Make sure that you implement deep and infrequent watering.  Keep a higher mowing height and fertilize to promote a healthier root system to withstand the disease.  Overseeding the area with a shade tolerant grass can also help. 

If the conditions can’t be improved it might be worth considering an alternate ground cover that is better suited to shade or you may also choose to control Powdery mildew by having a professional lawn care service apply a fungicide to the affected area. 

At Organic Solutions! Inc., we can help diagnose and treat turf diseases such as Powdery Mildew.  If you would like to meet with one of our expert team members to discuss any issues you are having with your turf and go over the options for treatment, please contact us! 

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Friday, August 31, 2018

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



August is coming to an end and the summer days are dwindling down.   If you live in the Treasure Valley this 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 it to protect against weeds and insects as well as any other stresses 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 18 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, organicsolutionsinc@outlook.com, or by phone, 208-884-8986.  You can also reach us through our website, www.idahoorganicsolutions.com.

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