Thursday, May 31, 2018

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


As the weather warms up 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. 

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, call us today, 208-884-8986.


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Friday, May 18, 2018

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 prevent billbug problems in your lawn give us a call to find out about our lawn care programs and let the experts take the guesswork out of diagnosing and caring for your lawn.  We can be reached by phone, 208-884-8986, or through email, organicsolutionsinc@outlook.com.
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