Monday, September 24, 2018

What you should know about weeds in Boise, Meridian, Nampa, 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 2019.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Treating the Turf Disease Powdery Mildew in Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Nampa, Idaho.



Because of the nice dry climate we have in Southern Idaho we do not have as many issues with turf diseases as other regions.  Usually when disease is a problem in a lawn it is because of improper fertilization or irrigation practices.  One of the turf diseases we do encounter occasionally is Powdery Mildew. 

Powdery Mildew mostly effects bluegrasses and fescues in areas that have received excessive shade or poor air circulation.  The mildew fungus is found on the surface of grass leaves and resembles a white powdery substance. The fungus causes the affected areas to turn yellow and cause lower leaves to die.  Typically we see this disease in the spring or fall when temperatures range in the 60’s and low 70’s. 

If Powdery Mildew is present consider first managing any sources of shade.  You may need to trim trees and bushes to minimize shade and improve air circulation.  Make sure that you implement deep and infrequent watering.  Keep a higher mowing height and fertilize to promote a healthier root system to withstand the disease.  Overseeding the area with a shade tolerant grass can also help. 

If the conditions can’t be improved it might be worth considering an alternate ground cover that is better suited to shade or you may also choose to control Powdery mildew by having a professional lawn care service apply a fungicide to the affected area. 

At Organic Solutions! Inc., we can help diagnose and treat turf diseases such as Powdery Mildew.  If you would like to meet with one of our expert team members to discuss any issues you are having with your turf and go over the options for treatment, please contact us! 

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