Thursday, August 29, 2019

Keeping weeds out of your gravel in Boise, Nampa, Eagle, and Meridian, Idaho


Having a gravel sidewalk, pathway, or driveway can add a lot of rustic charm to your home and is definitely more economical than other hardscape options such as pavers, asphalt, or concrete.  Gravel is not only more budget friendly but is also more environmentally friendly than many hardscape options because it allows for drainage.  But the one drawback that gravel has is that it can also become overgrown with weeds.

To avoid weeds in gravel there are a few steps you can take before you put gravel in.  It’s a good idea to turn the soil and check for and remove any weeds or plant life that is visible.  You can then put down some protective mulch or a fabric weed barrier before you lay the gravel.  A weed suppressant material is generally very effective in stopping weeds from growing but over time, especially with heavy use, the fabric can become damaged and small punctures form, allowing weeds to come through.  Airborne weeds can also grow on top of the fabric. 

Another option before laying your gravel is to “brine” the pathway with salt or a mixture of salt and vinegar.  The only downside to this organic method of weed control is that it can negatively impact grass and gardens nearby.  There are also preemergent herbicides that can stop weeds from germinating.

The thicker the gravel the less likely weeds will be able to break their way through.  It is recommended that you use a 3 to 5 inch layer of gravel to prevent weed growth.  Make sure that your gravel areas stay dry and that you are not allowing irrigation water to run on the gravel.  Water will facilitate weed growth.

If your gravel area is already in place and weeds are starting to become a problem there are some options.  If the area is relatively small you can pull the weeds by hand.  If you have a weed barrier in place, you may need to use a special tool such as a corkscrew or long bladed trowel to pull long rooted weeds out with minimal damage to the barrier.  Raking your gravel regularly can also help remove surface weeds.

As a full service lawn care and landscaping company, Organic Solutions, Inc., can help you prevent weeds before installing gravel or we can help you tackle the problem grass and weeds that are encroaching on your existing gravel pathways or driveways.  To speak to a professional about your particular concerns and to receive a free estimate, contact us today! 

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

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 will soon be 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 contact us through our website, www.idahoorganicsolutions.com.

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