Thursday, April 27, 2017

Experienced, reliable, and consistent Organic Lawn Care Services in Boise, Eagle, Meridian, and Nampa Idaho

Consistent lawn care isn’t just for the obvious benefits of curb appeal.  Consistent lawn mowing and care is also important for the health of your lawn.  Your lawn, like any living organism, flourishes in the right conditions and responds negatively to change or adversity.  We know that with busy schedules it is often challenging to provide the time and energy that regular consistent care requires. 

At Organic Solutions!  Inc., we offer seasonal lawn fertilization programs that provide for the care of your lawn as well lawn mowing services to keep your lawn healthy and beautiful.   Our customer service, professionalism and expert lawn care services have set us apart and we are proud of our A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. 

For over 16 years Organic Solutions! Inc., has been growing beautiful lawns for customers throughout the Boise, Meridian, Nampa, and wider Treasure Valley.  Contact us today, by phone, 208-884-8986, or by email,, to find out how you can get on our schedule to receive regular consistent care for your lawn.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Defending your lawn against Dandelions in Boise, Nampa, Meridian, Eagle, Idaho

The Dandelion is one of the most prevalent weeds we encounter in our lawns today.  An Interesting fact about the dandelion, they were imported to North America by the Pilgrims who used them as salad greens and to make wine.   But today the dandelion is seen as more of a nuisance that frustrates homeowners in their attempt to have that perfect emerald green lawn than a desired edible.

Dandelions have bright yellow flowers that emerge in the spring and soon form white puffballs full of seeds that are dispersed by the wind.  The wind can take the seeds and spread them out over several miles and these seeds then go about the business of germinating and starting the process all over again. 

Even though dandelions attract pollinators like bees, they actually reproduce asexually, which means the seeds are genetically identical to the mother plant.   Dandelions are also a perennial that is able to survive the winter because of its long taproot.  It is the taproot that makes them so difficult to eliminate.  The taproot grows deep into the soil and if you leave just an inch of taproot when weeding they can still regenerate.

Dandelions are highly susceptible to herbicides but it can take several weeks before the dying weed disappears from your yard.  And the herbicide application isn’t effective on seeds that haven’t begun to germinate yet. The most effective way to remove dandelions is by hand right after they begin to flower. Not only is it best to get them before they go to seed, but also the blooming process takes a lot of energy and their taproot will be weakened, making them easier to pull up.

Another way to prevent dandelions is to make sure that your lawn is healthy and properly maintained since dandelions thrive on thin weak grass.  This means that your lawn needs consistent mowing and deep but infrequent watering as well as fertilization. 

At Organic Solutions Inc., we can help you achieve a healthy lawn that will naturally defend itself against dandelions and other weeds.  For a free estimate, give us a call, 208-884-8986.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Benefits of Overseeding your lawn in Boise, Nampa, Meridian, Eagle, Idaho

Overseeding is the spreading of grass seed on top of an existing lawn.  Here are some of the reasons overseeding may benefit your yard:

1.     When your lawn is regularly mowed it does not have the opportunity to go to seed to propagate itself, so your lawn will start to grow old and more stressed making it more vulnerable to weeds and diseases.
2.     Older lawns were established with more common turf seeds that don’t have the benefits that many new turf seed mixes have today, such as being more drought tolerant.
3.     Your lawn looks thin, tired, or patchy and needs help to grow more dense and healthy.

Overseeding can be done in the spring or the fall.   Late summer to fall is the optimal time for overseeding because the soil and atmospheric temperatures give the new seedlings the best conditions to grow and develop.  But spring overseeding can be appropriate for returning a damaged lawn to health if you haven’t already applied a preemergent which would keep the new seeds from germinating.  If you overseed in spring you will need to make sure to provide frequent watering before the heat of summer.

Before you overseed it is important to recognize and treat any of the lawn issues that may be causing the existing grass to deteriorate.  Some examples include:  Insufficient water or improper drainage, nutrient deprived or compacted soil, or insufficient sunlight. 

Overseeding a lawn can not only help it look more attractive but it can also improve the health and resilience of your lawn, depending upon the seed you choose.  Because of the importance in choosing the right seed and being aware of the issues regarding your current lawn health as well as the best conditions for overseeding, hiring a knowledgeable lawn and landscape company such as Organic Solutions, Inc. is highly recommended.

If you would like a free analysis to see if overseeding would be a beneficial option for your lawn, give us a call, 208-884-8986.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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 which will germinate the following spring.  Some crabgrass seeds will lay dormant and germinate years later. 
The most effective way to treat crabgrass is to use a preemergent herbicide.  When applied in the spring it will destroy the seedlings before they can sprout.  Because of the way a preemergent 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. 
If you have missed the opportunity to apply a preemergent in the spring, there are some products that are available that will kill young crabgrass or you can also try the good old fashioned method of hand-pulling the small patches of crab grass before they go to seed in order to prevent spreading.
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;
Fill in bald or bare spots by overseeding;
Irrigate correctly (deeply and less frequently); and
Mow 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.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Organic Lawn Care, the healthy alternative, in Boise, Eagle, Meridian, and Nampa Idaho.

Scientists are increasingly finding that the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides is having adverse consequences on our environment.  “Dead Zones” have appeared in oceans and lakes that cannot sustain marine life and it has been estimated that well over 65 million birds die annually from pesticide poisoning.  Studies have also shown agricultural insecticides are responsible for various health problems and neurological problems in adults and that Children are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects from pesticides and other lawn treatments.     
Besides being harmful to people and the environment, what you may not know is that in the long run that synthetic fertilizers and pesticides are actually doing more harm to your lawn.  These chemicals actually degrade the soil and make the grass weaker and less likely to fight off weeds, insects, and diseases, creating a need for even more chemicals to be applied.  According to the EPA, “Compared to chemical treatments, non-chemical methods are generally effective for longer periods of time. They are less likely to create hardy pest populations that develop the ability to resist pesticides. And many non-chemical pest controls can be used with fewer safeguards, because they are generally thought to pose virtually no hazards to human health or the environment.”
Organic fertilizer is not only the healthy alternative for you, your family, and the natural environment.  Organic fertilizers provide the soil with the nutrients it needs to naturally support plant growth. The philosophy behind organic lawn care is that the healthier the soil, the healthier the grass will become.  This means that in the long run the grass will need fewer treatments and cost less money than a chemically treated lawn.
At Organic Solutions!  Inc., we care about you, your family, your pets, and the environment which is why we choose to care for your Idaho outdoor spaces with the best and most natural products available.  Our organic products are designed to increase your lawn’s natural defenses and promote strong healthy roots which in turn produces a strong, healthy, and beautiful lawn. 

Organic Solutions! Inc., provides lawn care services all over the Treasure Valley (Eagle, Caldwell, Boise, Nampa, Meridian, Kuna, Star, and Middleton, Idaho). We have many family friendly and budget friendly lawn care programs available.  For a free estimate, please give us a call, 208-884-8986.
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

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.  And you may actually see some of the larvae on close inspection.
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 throughout the growing season which helps to reduce the likelihood of billbug infestation as well as help your lawn recover from any damage.  

If you would like to prevent billbug problems in your lawn contact the professionals at Organic Solutions! Inc., to find out about our lawn care programs.  Let the experts take the guesswork out of diagnosing, treating, and fertilizing your Idaho outdoor spaces!
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Perils of DIY lawn care in Boise, Eagle, Meridian, and Nampa Idaho.

Many people assume that taking care of the lawn is easy and involves just regular mowing and watering to keep the grass green.  But keeping a lawn healthy is more complicated than it seems.  

Here’s just a few of the common mistakes people make in caring for their grass in the Boise, Idaho area:

  • Not Fertilizing at all

  • Using the wrong product for the specific grass or issue you have

  • Using products that treat the symptoms instead of the cause

  • Applying products at the wrong time or in the wrong season

  • Using too much or not enough of a product to be effective

A healthy lawn requires more than consistent watering and mowing.  Healthy lawns require fertilization, weed control, insect and fungus control. It requires recognizing the specific problems that can arise and treating them appropriately.  If the soil and roots of your lawn are healthy, the grass will grow thicker and healthier and will not only look better but will actually be able to resist many of the problems that are common to lawns.

At Organic Solutions! Inc., we use organic products that actually improve the health of your lawn rather than just treat the symptoms.  

If you are tired of trying to determine and treat all the various needs of your lawn and would like an expert lawn care team to do it for you, give us a call for a free estimate, 208-884-8986.


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Friday, April 7, 2017

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

As the weather warms up, the canals begin to flow in the Treasure Valley, and sprinkler systems are being 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. 

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.  

At Organic Solutions! Inc., we specialize in:
  • Sprinkler Repair
  • Sprinkler Adjustments
  • Sprinkler Start-ups
  • Sprinkler Winterization and Blow-outs

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

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 we settle into spring and the trees begin to bud and flower we often get 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, 208-884-8986.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

The gift of professional lawn care services for caregivers and elderly in Boise, Eagle, Meridian, and Nampa Idaho.

Having a healthy green lawn in Boise, Idaho and the Treasure Valley takes time and energy on a weekly basis from April to October.  Between the weekly mowing  and the seasonal fertilization applications, it can be a little overwhelming. There may be some people in your life who struggle to maintain their lawn either because of age, physical limitations, or because they are busy caring for the needs of others. 

As people age, they naturally slow down and many elderly people come to a place where caring for their lawn is no longer advisable.  This can be especially true in the heat of summer when the dangers of sunburn, dehydration and sunstroke is so high. 

It is also a possibility that one person in the household may be acting as a caregiver to their elderly or disabled spouse, parent, or other family member.  Caregivers often find themselves short on time and running on empty as they try to take care of day to day responsibilities.  Having to maintain the lawn as well can often be more than they can handle.

Often those who fall into the above categories live on limited incomes or are besieged by medical bills and cannot afford to hire a professional lawn care company to do the work for them. 

If you would like to give the gift of lawn care services to an elderly parent, friend, or neighbor or those who care for them, give us a call for a free estimate, 208-884-8986.  It may be the best gift they ever received.

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