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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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

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 are 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 reach us through our website, www.idahoorganicsolutions.com.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Tips on preventing mosquitoes in your Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Nampa, Idaho Landscape.


Mosquitoes aren’t just a nuisance they can be carriers of some very serious diseases.  In Idaho we have had several confirmed cases of people being infected with the West Nile Virus.  West Nile can cause serious illness in people of any age but those over the age of 50 or who have underlying medical conditions are especially at risk.  West Nile symptoms can be very serious and painful and last for days to months.  West Nile can also be neuro-invasive and infect the brain causing seizures and paralysis and in rare cases even death.  Because of the risks it important to limit exposure to mosquitoes and do all that you can to keep your property from being a mosquito breeding ground.

If you are planning to be outside when and where mosquitoes are active (generally they are most active between dusk and dawn) make sure to wear repellent containing DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus which are all EPA-approved repellents.  It is also recommended that you wear clothing that covers up your skin and to cover baby strollers with mosquito netting.

To prevent mosquitoes from ruining an evening get together on the patio, you can place a simple box fan nearby to blow mosquitoes away from you and your guests.  They are unable to fly against strong wind currents.

To prevent mosquitoes from coming inside, make sure that you have screens on your windows and doors and repair when torn.

The best thing that you can do to prevent mosquito bites is to do all that you can to prevent mosquitoes from hatching on your property.  Mosquitoes like to lay their eggs in standing water, especially water that has collected dead leaves, grass clippings, or any organic material. They will not lay eggs in water if it is too clean.  The amount of water that they will lay their eggs in can be as small as a bottle cap.  With this in mind here are some common objects and places that produce mosquitoes:

Rain Gutters – when rain gutters are clogged with leaves they can hold standing water as well.

Swimming pools – swimming pools of all sizes need to be kept clean and covered when not in use.  Pool covers can also be breeding sites for mosquitoes, so make sure they are fastened tight.

Tires – if you are storing tires, put them in the shed or garage so that they don’t fill with water.  Any tire swings should have a hold drilled in the bottom to allow water to escape. 

Garbage Cans – like tires, keep them inside or drill a hole in the bottom.
Flower Pots – Even small drain dishes on a flower pot can hold enough water to produce hundreds of mosquitos

Tarps – Always keep tarps tight on boats, RV’s, or other items so that they don’t have depressions that can fill with water.

Boats - If you boat isn’t covered, turn it upside down so that it won’t collect water or remove the plug in the bottom of the boat so that it can drain.

Vegetation – Overgrown vegetation can also contribute to mosquito breeding.  Yards with well-trimmed lawns and vegetation have fewer places for mosquitoes to hide and breed. 

Bird Baths/Dog Bowls/Troughs – any outside water containers should be emptied frequently and filled with fresh clean water.

Irrigation – Do not over-irrigate your lawn and landscape not only can it lead to tremendous hatch offs of mosquitoes it can also contribute to other fungal and plant diseases.

As the weather warms up the mosquitoes will reproduce more rapidly.  If you suspect that there are potential mosquito production areas on or near your property call your local mosquito abatement district for recommendations. 

At Organic Solutions! Inc., we want you and your family to have a safe and happy summer.  We can help you have a well-manicured and healthy landscape.  If you need help with lawn mowing, trimming, pruning, or weeding, contact us for a free estimate, by phone, 208-884-8986, by email, organicsolutionsinc@outlook.com, or through our website, www.idahoorganicsolutions.com.

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