From: TruGreen


Change is coming… With September just days away and autumn around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about preparing your lawn for cooler weather.

Fall is a critical time for your lawn. After all, this is a great season for outdoor entertaining, whether it’s get-togethers planned on a beautiful outdoor space or fall backyard weddings celebrating a couple’s love in an intimate setting. Regardless, there’s no doubt that the change of seasons and preparations for holiday fun times are just some of the exciting things you have to look forward to. A few simple lawn care tips will enable you to show off your beautiful lawn (in addition to your amazing entertainment skills!).

To ensure your outdoor spaces are lush and beautiful throughout the year, here are a few fall lawn care tips:

- Watering and mowing are essential. It goes without saying that regular maintenance— the kind you do once or twice a week with your mower and your sprinkler system— is essential for the basic health of your lawn. Be sure to mow and water your lawn regularly to maintain its neat, manicured appearance. Mowing will only be necessary until about October or November, when growth stops or depending on weather in your area (here in Colorado, sometimes we don’t see snow until December or January). For tips on how to water wisely and as sustainably as possible, please visit ecoLogical Lawn Care’s Current Suggested Watering Programs, which we update weekly!

- Lawn aeration is a key to proper nutrient and moisture absorption. Especially for lawns dealing with compacted soil or thick thatch, lawn aeration is a MUST during the fall. It will loosen up your soil, open it up to receive seed, nutrients and water, and help expedite your turf’s recovery.

Fall is the ideal time for fertilization. A well-balanced combination of nutrients that include slow-release or controlled-release nitrogen is an important part of maintenance and a necessity for fall lawn care, especially if you have cool-season turfgrasses. This will give your lawn a lush appearance that is sure to be noticed by your guests. At ecoLogical, we use our special, microbially-active and organic compost tea.

- Overseed to fill in patches of grass and repopulate your soil. Nothing looks worse than a patchy lawn with thin, sad, and random sections of grass just barely surviving. Seeding your lawn will fill in those patches and help it restore its thick, lush beauty.

Our schedule for fall services fills up fast, so make sure to give ecoLogical a call and make sure all your organic lawn care needs are met for the upcoming season!


From: TruGreen

At ecoLogical Lawn Care, we help take the mystery out of weed control without the use of harmful synthetic chemicals and pesticides. The best form of weed control is having a lush, thick turf and healthy, nutrient-rich soil, which together form a natural and organic barrier against invasive weed growth and germination (you can read more about why a healthy lawn and soil are key to achieving a weed-free yard here).


Below are a few tips on how to get started with getting weeds under control. Although there are a few short-term fixes (i.e. yanking them all out by hand, which ain’t easy!), a long-term, organic approach that is centered around promoting soil and turf health (which together prevent stubborn weeds from coming back over and over again) is what we at ecoLogical recommend!



Wage War on Weeds

From: Total Landscape CareClassic Green

You know who a lawn’s enemies are: invasive crabgrass, creeping ground ivy, and clover, disguised as innocent little flowers. These plants (and others like them) are sneaky, tenacious foes that take hold of a green lawn seemingly overnight. Even one dandelion plant can wreak havoc: each plant produces as many as 15,000 seeds, each of which can survive six years in the soil. Weeds aren’t easily eradicated, but they can be conquered with patience and planning. You can’t just pull up weeds and call it a day. To fight the enemies invading a lawn and to keep them at bay, you need a battle plan.


Step 1: ID the enemies. You can’t fight what you don’t know. Use a weed identification guide to figure out how to stop weeds in their tracks. Individual weeds thrive under different conditions, and provide clues to problems in a lawn. Ground ivy, for example, spreads in shady sections of the lawn with damp soil. Once you’ve identified this particular pest, you’ll know that you can fight it by improving soil drainage and pruning trees to allow more sunlight to that section of lawn. By knowing which weed you’re battling, you can target them in the most effective way (like mowing annual weeds before they flower) and avoid making costly mistakes (like inadvertently spreading weeds by breaking up bulbs by pulling, rather than digging).


Step 2: Feed a lawn. A healthy lawn will crowd out weeds. Fertilizer is a great tool, but you need to make sure you’re using the right amount. Too little and a lawn may not thrive, allowing space for invaders. Too much and you might be feeding the very weeds you want to kill. Follow fertilizing guidelines for the type of grass grown, and provide a slow steady supply of nutrients by using a fertilizer with a high percentage of controlled-release nitrogen.


Step 3: Water infrequently and deeply. Soak the lawn with about an inch of water once a week to encourage grass to grow deep roots while keeping weeds thirsty.


Step 4: Set the mower high. When plants compete for light, whichever plant is taller wins. Not only does the taller plant get more sun, it shades shorter plants, making them weaker.  Also, grass needs its leaves to provide nutrients to the roots. The longer the blades, the better the plant can create the photosynthesis that feeds it. Find out the recommended range of mowing heights for a particular type of grass, and go with the highest level.


Step 5: Tackle any invaders carefully. Even a healthy lawn gets weeds. Pull them up. Mow them down. Dig them up. Once you’ve identified your enemies (see Step 1), you’ll know which tactic to use.

From: Total Landscape Care; Classic Green

Source: Signature Landscapes


In the heat of mid-summer, almost every lawn gets brown spots, which are really the lawn’s “S-O-S” call for help! The grass is obviously stressed and of course, we think it needs MORE water.

We’re tempted to turn up the sprinkler system so it waters longer. But watering longer won’t solve the problem if the water isn’t getting to that brown spot to begin with. So, how do we find the problem?

Many brown spots can be solved at the source of where the water comes out — at the sprinkler heads themselves. Four common problems have quick fixes that can get much of your system back in order. If you do the work yourself, it shouldn’t take a lot of time. Whether it’s a DIY project or you bring in outside help, the benefits will be a healthier lawn and hopefully, less water use and costs.

Those four causes of brown spots are:

- The nozzle– the part in the sprinkler head where the water comes out– is clogged. Dirt and debris often get into the nozzle and once it is cleaned out, the head will spray water where it’s intended.

- The direction of the nozzle’s spray is out of adjustment. The nozzle may be directing water too low or too high. Either one will keep the water from hitting the area it is supposed to reach. Making the adjustment will solve the problem.

- Rotor heads– the ones that oscillate back and forth– may be stuck or pointed in the wrong direction. A head that’s aimed at the street rather than your lawn is the culprit for the brown spot, and wasting water in the process. Getting the head back into alignment will put the water where it needs to go.

- Sprinkler heads aren’t popping up high enough. Equipment damage or soil buildup over the years may mean the sprinklers are no longer popping up high enough to clear the top of the grass blades. Water will hit the grass closest to the head and be deflected. Raising the heads-or replacing them with sprinklers that pop up higher-will solve the problem.

If temps remain high, you may want to hand water just the brown spots for a few days to give them extra TLC. But avoid making the entire sprinkler system run longer to deal with problem areas. That’s a waste of water and added expense.


Source: Signature Landscapes


From: Sprinkler Juice

Summer weather is here, and by that we also mean rainy days and thunderstorms! Depending on where you live, some of these storms can be severe and cause quite a bit of damage.


Your first inclination will be to check for damage. The second inclination will be to clean the yard of any debris. These are good thoughts, but you want to make sure you clean up correctly


Remember, these storms can damage trees and shrubs and leave behind a trail of debris. You need to be careful when doing such cleanup work.


Strong storms can bring down tree limbs and power lines. The first thing you want to do is make sure none of those fallen tree limbs are resting on power lines. If this is the case do not, under any circumstances, try to remove them. You must contact your local utility company to have those limbs and branches removed.


Most of the fallen branches will be branches that have already died.  Some limbs may have been ready to come down and were just waiting for a good, stiff wind.


If large parts of a tree have come down and are in a difficult position or are too big and heavy to maneuver, do the wise thing and call a professional. A tree pruning company can help with the removal.


Check your lawn sprinkler system. It’s possible it could have sustained damage in a rough storm. Check all the zones and make sure the sprinkler heads are not damaged. This should be done before you try and use the system after a storm.


Source: www.sprinklerjuice.com

In addition to bees, there are over 2,000 species of animals that act as pollinators. Pollinators play an extremely important role in our survival; without them, we simply would not be here. In fact, 75% of all flowering plants rely on pollinators in order to provide us with the food we eat and to also sustain many other species and wildlife. The collapse of the honeybee population and the scarcity of other plant pollinators have grown into a serious problem that requires immediate action, and ecoLogical is on board!

To raise awareness and support, the Pollinator Partnership has launched National Pollinator Week to not only educate the world about honeybees and Colony Collapse Disorder, but to also help spread the word about the importance of protecting other plant pollinators such as bats, butterflies, hummingbirds, and beetles. All of these pollinators together are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food, and the time to act is now!




One of the best and easiest ways to get involved and to help save the bees and other pollinators is to get outside this weekend, enjoy the sunshine and warm weather, and plant pollinator-friendly flowers and plants around your yard. Gardening is a great summer project, and it provides pollinators with safe and beautiful habitat. And, as always, never use chemicals or pesticides on your lawn or in your garden!!!



photo: thespanishgardener.blogspot.com


photo: anr.ext.wvu.edu 


photo: pollinators.blogspot.com


If you live in the Boulder/Denver area of Colorado (or the Southern Rocky Mountain Steppe/Open Woodland/Coniferous Forest/Alpine Meadow Province, which includes parts of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho), the best plants to attract pollinators include lavender, columbine, sunflowers, roses, phacelia, cilantro, sage, and many more! For the complete list and information about the best plants and habitat for pollinators, click here.


If you don’t live in this particular region, click here to calculate your planting region by entering your zip code, then find out which pollinator-friendly flowers and plants will grow best where you live!


To learn more about how you can get involved from the legal standpoint, click here, or visit ecoLogical Lawn & Tree Care’s Facebook page.




From Sprinkler Juice


As we approach mid-June, the sunshine is getting stronger and the weather is getting hotter!


Summer can be a tough time for a lawn. The best thing you can do is prepare your lawn for the hot summer season ahead.


You should start at the root of the situation. This means checking the soil in your yard. Start with a soil test; the results of the test can help you determine when to fertilize and plant.


Aeration is also extremely beneficial, as it allows more water, oxygen, and nutrients to access the root zone of your lawn. Aerating your lawn will help your grass to grow healthy and stay green throughout the summertime.


It’s also important to know how to water. A lawn sprinkler system with a timer can help take the guess work out of knowing what time to water the lawn. Watering early in the morning is very important during the summer months. Hot air and a pounding sun can cause water to evaporate too quickly, before it has a chance to be absorbed into the soil. A lawn irrigation system timer should be set to different times depending on the season.


If you have recently seeded your lawn with new grass seed (sometimes called slit seeding or overseeding), then be sure to water in short increments throughout the day to keep your soil moist and your seedlings hydrated. For more information on watering schedules, please see our Current Suggested Watering Program, which we update weekly.




We are very proud and excited to introduce Diane Curlette as the author of our featured guest blog, which is a letter that she recently wrote and submitted to the local Boulder Daily Camera. Her piece discusses the rising emerald ash borer dilemma and explains how certain pesticide treatments used to treat the “beetle problem” are also contributing to Colony Collapse Disorder and are causing the bee population to continue to dwindle. We, ourselves, have blogged about the ash beetle dilemma and also about the importance of saving the bees, and we are delighted to share Diane’s letter with you all!

Diane Curlette: Emerald ash borer — Pesticide treatment is killing bees

POSTED: 05/25/2014 01:00:00 AM MDT on Boulder Daily Camera Online


Sometimes being a good steward of the earth requires humans to make tough choices and incur losses or experience inconvenience. The city of Boulder has lots of green ash trees and wood from these trees has been quarantined to prevent the spread of a devastating new pest, the emerald ash borer (EAB).

Arborists have had little success in defeating this pest and professionals agree that we are at the beginning of a years-long epidemic of ash deaths that will mean a loss of valued shade and habitat, first in the city and then more generally in the county.

Wild and domestic pollinators, particularly honeybees, are suffering colony collapse disorder and dying in high numbers. Bee experts worry that the human food supply could be threatened by the massive die offs of the bees and other pollinators.

These two problems are related because evidence is emerging that neonicotinoid pesticides are a major cause of the loss of bee hives. And neonicotinoid pesticides are the main recommended treatment for ash trees infected with the EAB.

The treatment is systemic, meaning it is applied to the roots or trunk of the tree and flows throughout the tree’s tissues to kill the boring larva feeding under the bark. Thus all the tree’s tissues, including leaves and surrounding soil and ground water, become permanently poisonous. Other plants can take up the poison from the soil and create an additional source of poison. These are long lived pesticides and treatment must be repeated every year to have a chance of saving the tree.

By introducing substantial additional quantities of these new poisons into our yards, we are contributing to poisoning our environment and threatening honeybees. Responsible action has four components: get informed about these issues by reading the information on emerald the ash borer on the city of Boulder website, and on the Boulder County Beekeepers’ website, choosing Tom’s corner for extensive information.

Second, assess the importance of the individual ash trees in your yard and your neighborhood. And third, resist insistent communications from pesticide applicators to “pre-treat” your trees or to set up an “annual program” for neonicotinoid applications. And finally, choose and plant replacement trees for those you plan to lose.


Diane Curlette


Source: http://www.dailycamera.com/letters/ci_25822511/diane-curlette-emerald-ash-borer-pesticide-treatment-is


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