Thursday, May 23, 2019

The best way to water your lawn in Boise, Eagle, Meridian, and Nampa Idaho.


As the weather begins to warm up in the Treasure Valley and the irrigation water is turned on, the question is asked:  How often and how long should I water my lawn?

How often a lawn needs water depends on a variety of factors such as soil type, sunlight (heat), grass type, and climate.  But on average a typical lawn needs 1 to 2 inches of water a week to stay healthy, lush, and green.  And in order to grow the deep roots necessary for a truly healthy lawn, watering deeper and less often, rather than short shallow daily watering is best.

If you water your lawn once or twice a day at short intervals your grass will develop a shallow root system.  Shallow roots dry out faster and weaken the health of your grass.  It is recommended that you only water 2-3 times a week to develop strong healthy roots.

If you are only watering a couple of times a week, you will need to determine how long each watering should be.  The best way to determine this is to measure the output on your particular water system.  One way to do this is to get a container or a can and place it in the yard and let the sprinklers run until you have ½ inch of water.  With most automatic sprinklers this should take about 30 minutes.  This means that watering 3 times a week for 30 minutes will get you to recommended 1 ½ inches of water.  Although in the hottest parts of the summer, you may need to add an additional day of watering to account for evaporation and the stress of the heat on the lawn.

Once you’ve determined how long each watering should be, next is determining what time of day you should water. Watering during the coolest part of the day will decrease evaporation as well as your overall water usage.  You can water late in the evening but early morning is the best time because if the lawn remains wet overnight it is more susceptible to molds and fungi.

Having an in ground sprinkler system with a timer is the best way to ensure that your lawn is watered consistently and you can alter the length of time for different zones depending on the conditions.  Grass that is in the shade will need less water than the lawn that is exposed to the sun all day.  But if your grass is growing in the shade of a tree, it may need more water because it is competing with the tree roots for the available moisture.

Often people will set their timer in the spring and never give it another glance.  The reality is that you need to review and adjust your timings on a monthly basis based on the climate.  For instance July and August in the Boise, Idaho area are typically very hot and your lawn will need to be watered much more than in April or May when the weather is more mild and typically there is more rainfall. 

For more detailed information on programming your sprinkler system, check out our website:  https://www.idahoorganicsolutions.com/sprinklers/

One more caution if you are programming a sprinkler system, take the time to watch where the water actually goes.  If you are seeing water on sidewalks and driveways, adjust the sprinkler heads to spray where it is needed.  Watering effectively and efficiently will help conserve water and help our environment by avoiding needless evaporation and run-off. 

Watering your grass week after week can be physically draining, and if you're like many people, you'd probably rather spend your time doing something more leisurely. A sprinkler system from Organic Solutions! Inc can help alleviate the burden of lawn maintenance, and when you work with us, you'll have plenty of options from which to choose.

Sprinkler Installation

Sprinkler Repair

Sprinkler Adjustments

Sprinkler Start-ups

Sprinkler Winterization and Blow-outs

Preserve your lawn and improve the value of your home with a sprinkler system from Organic Solutions! Inc. For more information or to request a FREE estimate, contact us today!

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Preventing and Treating Billbug damage in Boise, Eagle, Meridian, and Nampa Idaho.


In Idaho one of the most common but misdiagnosed issues that people have with their lawn is the damage done by billbugs and their larvae.  The problem is that the damage that billbugs cause isn’t seen until mid to late summer and people often associate the patchy brown spots in their lawn with disease or summer dryness rather than the work of this very resilient creature.

Adult billbug beetles are one of the most difficult pests to control because of their armor-type body which makes it more difficult for insecticides to be absorbed.  They tend to winter on or near lawns that were infested the previous year.  The adult billbugs are active in the spring but most of the visible damage that occurs to the lawn happens after their larvae, known as grubs, are hatched.  Billbug grubs feed on grass roots and stems and cause extensive damage that causes dead brown patches in your lawn.
To determine if you have billbug activity in areas that appear drought stressed or patches of yellow or brown, grab the grass plants by the stem and give them a slight tug.  If there is billbug activity the grass will come up easily and you will most likely find small grains of sand-like material at the base.  This material, or frass as it is known, is the droppings from the insects. 
The earlier you can treat for billbug infestation the more damage you can prevent.  At Organic Solutions! Inc., we apply billbug control in the late spring before the grubs are able to hatch.  We also apply organic fertilizer which helps to reduce the likelihood of billbug infestation.   Keeping your lawn properly irrigated and fertilized will also help it recover from billbug grub damage.
If you would like to schedule a billbug treatment or have one of our experts come out and diagnose your lawn issues, please give us a call, 208-884-8986.
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Friday, April 12, 2019

Creating a clean edge for your lawn in Boise, Nampa, Eagle, and Meridian, Idaho


When it comes to aesthetics and design, well-defined lines create a finished look and when it comes to your landscape, edging is an important part of creating a beautifully manicured appearance.  Besides enhancing the appearance of your outdoor space, edging will help prevent grass from invading your flowerbeds.

Here are some tips for creating a crisp looking edge in your yard:


Outline your edge – This step is only necessary if you are creating a new bed.  With a garden hose or rope, mark your desired lines.  Remember that curved lines are more natural and are easier to maintain than straight lines. 

Cut your edge – Using a spade, half-moon edger or other tool designed for edging, refresh your existing edge.  For new edges, Cut straight down between the lawn and garden bed about 6”.  Then make another cut at a 45 degree angle toward the garden bed and away from the lawn until the two cuts meet.

Remove Turf – You can easily remove the loosened turf by hand.  If you have a compost pile, flip the turf chunks upside down and they will naturally die and become excellent mulch – if you place the grass right side up in the pile it could root and grow rather than decompose.

Create a trench – as you remove the turf, shaking off excess soil, you can mound the soil uphill towards the garden bed.  This trench is important for water to drain and soil to fall into as well creating a nice clean look.

Hone the Edge – for extra clean lines, use hand shears and cut any remaining grass blades along the vertical edge.  You can also do this step a couple of times during the season to keep your edges looking neat and manicured or use your trimmer each time you mow. 

Mulch the Bed – The final step is to add mulch to your edge as well as the garden beds.  Garden beds needs about 2 to 3 inches of mulch which will help keep in moisture and suppress weeds. 

Besides the traditional trench edge, you can also use decorative edging such as bricks, stones, and fencing material or more permanent edging such as metal rails, concrete curbing or mortared bricks and stones.  Finding materials that complement your existing home and landscape will enhance the overall effect and beauty of your outdoor spaces.  

At Organic Solutions! Inc., we can help you create a professional looking edge to your landscape as well as give you a healthy, dense, and green grass.  If you would like an estimate on any of our lawn care or landscaping services, give us a call, 208-884-8986, or email us, organicsolutionsinc@outlook.com


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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Patience and Persistence result in a healthy and beautiful yard in Boise, Eagle, Meridian, and Nampa Idaho.



Hal Borland wrote, "Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience.  Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence."

Patience and persistence are qualities that many of us struggle with in our culture today.   We have become unaccustomed to waiting in a world of fast food, express lanes, and high speed internet.  Many frustrated homeowners don’t realize that attaining that perfect emerald green lawn takes a lot more than regular mowing but a lot of patience and persistence as well.

Having a beautiful lawn requires persistent dedication as well as a whole lot of effort.  Not only is consistent mowing and trimming a must, it also take regular fertilizations and the ability to troubleshoot and treat each problem as it arises.

Often time homeowners in an effort to beautify their lawns will resort to quick release fertilizers that may contain harmful chemicals as well as can contribute to even more problems for your grass if overwatered.  They may not realize that there are organic options available that are safer for the environment as well as for their family and pets. 

For homeowners who are looking for a “green” alternative, organic fertilizers, with a little patience, can actually outperform the more toxic options over the long run.  Organic fertilizer is made up of living organisms that over time will naturally aerate your lawn and prevent having to manually aerate. It also releases nutrients at a slower pace and over a longer period of time than synthetic fertilizers which improves the health and quality of the grass.

A lawn care system that incorporates organic fertilizer may take longer to see results because they work by actually building up the health of the soil.  Having healthy soil full of good nutrients will help your lawn grow stronger and denser so that it can naturally fight off weeds and diseases.  But this natural approach may take time and patience to achieve, depending on how unhealthy your lawn was to begin with.

If you would like to have a beautiful lawn that is also safe for you and those you love, consider the long term benefits of an organic lawn care system.  At Organic Solutions! Inc., we pride ourselves on eco-friendly products, friendly and consistent service, and the persistence to help you achieve the lawn of your dreams.

Contact us today!

By phone:  208-884-8986


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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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 of 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).

Crabgrass
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 12, 2019

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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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

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 narrow.  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.  When you need an expert in tree care who understands the important role your trees play in your home’s landscape look no further than Organic Solutions! Inc. 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!

Phone:  208-884-8986




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