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.
Phone:  208-884-8986

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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! 

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

August preparations you can do for a healthy lawn and landscape in Boise, Meridian, Eagle, and Nampa, Idaho


It’s August in the Treasure Valley and kids will soon be heading back to school.  As the summer begins to wind down it’s a good time to do some lawn and landscape preparation as well.  This month is a great time to evaluate your landscape and determine what steps will be needed to have a healthy yard next year.

Here are some ideas of how you can use this month to have a healthier lawn and landscape:
Fertilize – Applying fertilizer towards the end of summer will go a long way to helping your lawn grow in the Spring.  At this time of year your lawn is lacking nitrogen as well as some other important nutrients.  Fertilizing with an organic fertilizer will supply your lawn with the nutrients it needs to continue to grow well as the weather cools down.
Prune – removing dead branches and trimming up the shrubs and small trees on your yard will not only help your landscape look clean and neat but it will also prevent dead material from accumulating on your lawn and plants.  If debris builds up, it will smother any grass or vegetation and make it hard for them to grow.
Irrigate – Even though the weather is cooling down, temperatures are still high enough that it is important to ensure that your plants and lawn are getting enough water.  Early mornings are the best time to water.
Weed – As soon as you notice a weed, pull it.  If you don’t get to them right way they will go to seed.  Weeds spread quickly and if you want to prevent your lawn or garden beds from having lots of weeds next year, it is important to take care of them now.
Overseed – If you need to sow new grass, the middle of August to mid-September is the perfect time in our region.  New grass seed can be applied to bare spots or areas that are thin or dying so that it has time to germinate and establish roots before winter sets in.  Make sure that your new grass is receiving plenty of water during this critical time.
Practice Deadheading – Removing the dead or faded flowers from annuals, roses, or perennials will help maintain their appearance as well improve their performance.  Removing the deadheads will also help them to continue to bloom through the fall.
August isn’t the time to slack off when it comes to your Idaho landscape.  The more you can do now to prepare your lawn and gardens for winter the happier you will be with your landscape in the Spring.
At Organic Solutions! Inc., we can take the hassle out of your lawn care and landscaping preparations.  If you would like an estimate on our services, please give us a call, 208-884-8986, or email us, organicsolutionsinc@outlook.com.  You can also contact us through our website, www.idahoorganicsolutions.com.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Debunking 5 Common Lawn Care Myths in Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Nampa, Idaho.


At Organic Solutions! Inc., our goal is not only to provide great service, but also to educate.  We want to empower people with the knowledge they need to practice good, environmentally sound methods of lawn care.  Often that means that we need to dispel some common myths that are persistently circulated. Today we thought we would debunk the following 5 lawn care myths:

Myth 1:  Mow Seeds back into your Lawn to reseed
Many think that if they let their turfgrass develop seed heads and then mow them off that they will germinate and grow.  The reality is that seed heads need to mature for several months on the stem of the grass in order to germinate.  It doesn’t hurt to mow the seed heads into the grass but they will not grow and thicken your existing turf.  It is much healthier for your lawn to mow consistently and occasionally add the appropriate grass seed (overseed).

Myth 2:  Leaving grass clippings on your lawn increases thatch
It was once widely believed that grass clippings left on the lawn contributed to thatch.  But studies have shown that thatch is primarily composed of stolons, stems, roots, and rhizomes.  Grass clippings are mostly water and decompose rapidly, returning nutrients to your lawn. Leaving the grass clippings on the lawn can actually increase the effectiveness of applied fertilizers as well.

Myth 3:  Wear spiked shoes to aerate your lawn
Despite infomercial claims regarding special spiked shoes that aerate while you walk or claims that wearing your golf shoe spikes while mowing will reduce compaction there is no truth in these claims.  Research shows that little impact would be made through this method and aeration is actually rarely needed if proper organic fertilization is occurring.

Myth 4:  Cut your grass short to reduce mowing
You may save a few days between mowing if you cut your grass short but you may be doing more damage than good.  When grass is cut too short it allows the sun to reach through to weed seeds and cause them to germinate and grow.  Also, shorter grass tends to have a shallow root system which makes it more susceptible to drought.  In general you should never cut off more than a third of the grass height per mow and your grass should be between 2 ½ inches to 3 ½ inches tall.

Myth 5:  Water daily for a healthy lawn
More turf is damaged due to overwatering than underwatering.  Infrequent, thorough, deep watering is better than daily or frequent short watering cycles.  When you water too frequently the grass does not develop the deep roots it needs to be healthy and will be more susceptible to drought, weeds, and disease.  For more information on proper watering see our website: www.idahoorganicsolutions.com

At Organic Solutions! Inc., it is our goal to educate as well as provide the best possible service.  If you would like an estimate on our lawn mowing and lawn care fertilization programs, give us a call, 208-884-8986, or email, organicsolutionsinc@outlook.com.  And keep checking our blog for more great information on caring for your lawn.

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