Nobody wants a lawn that looks like a dandelion or crabgrass farm. But getting rid of these and other pesky intruders can test your will to garden, especially if you are averse to chemicals. Well, Superyards can help. We’ll show you how to get rid of weeds and, if you please, do it without using chemicals.
It takes longer to clean up your yard naturally and it’s more work, but can be enjoyable and productive exercise. Here are some suggestions to get you started. For the best exercise you can do it by hand. Get one of those dandelion diggers that looks like a long screwdriver with a “v” cut out of its flat head, get down on your knees and get to work. Remember to get all of each root out or the little yellow flowers will soon poke back up. Stand up and be proud, of yourself and your yard.
This doesn’t work as well with crabgrass and other creepy crawly weeds whose roots are the devil to find and pull up. So, you’ll probably want to whip up some natural poison and spray them to death. Here’s a good recipe: Get a gallon jug and fill it with a 10 per cent concentration of vinegar. Add one ounce of orange oil, one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid and one teaspoon of molasses. Gently shake the jug to mix the ingredients. Fill a quart spray bottle with the natural weed killer and let ‘em have it. Be careful not to hit the plants you want to keep growing. Salt works even better, but it corrupts the soil and kills dead everything it touches. Only use it for spot work.
Once you have cleared away the weeds you can keep them from coming back by mulching your grass cuttings – a special lawn mower blade is available – and applying corn gluten meal.
If DIY isn’t your thing, call us at Superyards and we’ll do it all for you naturally. If you live in Calgary, lawn care (yes, organic) is our passion.
Garden Colour in Calgary’s Memorial Park
Superyards wants to help make your yard a kaleidoscope of colour this spring. If you don’t like chemical fertilizers you don’t have to use them. Natural, organic fertilizers are readily available or you can do it yourself cheaply and easily by composting. Whichever method you chose, Superyards is ready to help ensure that your natural fertilizer is applied at the right time and in the right amount.
Composting is probably the most satisfying method because it costs next to nothing and you know exactly what is in the fertilizer being applied on your lawn and gardens. Even better, you don’t have to haul it.
What is compost? Essentially it is your household garbage. Grass clippings, fallen leaves, fruit and vegetable peelings, egg shells, coffee grounds and paper products all combine to create a dark, rich fertilizer that will make your grass greener and your flowers and vegetables a bright rainbow of colors. Be careful, however, not to include any plastics, salad dressing, meat, fish, dead animals or animal waste in your compost pile or bin. Use caution when raking leaves in the fall and stick to before meal preparation scraps avoiding leftovers.
You have to start early though; it takes a while for your compost to build up and decompose into a nitrate and phosphorus rich loam. You can begin this spring with cow and/or chicken manure if it is available. Remember that the nutritional value of these traditional natural fertilizers depends on the animals living on a natural diet and the manure being reasonably fresh. It loses its nutrient value as it dries. Purchase your supplies from small, preferably organic, farms or, if allowed, raise your own chickens.
If you want help just call us at Superyards, we stand ready to assist with your lawn or do it all.
Superyards Organic Calgary Lawn Care makes your lawn safe.
Many pesticides and herbicides feature warnings such as “Keep away from children.” If the chemicals aren’t good for your children, should they be playing the backyard you recently sprayed those chemicals? Of course not. Organic lawn care is not only better for your children and pets, it is also better for your lawn. Here are some tips on how to start organic lawn care:
- Improve your soil – A healthy lawn requires healthy soil. The pH level of your soil plays an important role in keeping your lawn healthy. The pH level of your soil should read between 6.5 and 7, which is slightly acidic. Soil with a high pH can be regulated by sprinkling lime on your lawn, while soil with a low pH can be regulated by adding sulfur to your lawn.
- Mow properly – Mowing too often can actually harm your lawn. A healthy lawn should be cut between 2.5 to 3.5″. Any shorter and you increase the risk of dry soil and loss of aeration.
- Water properly – Thorough water ensures the lawn gets deep roots which allows the lawn to become hardier and more drought-resistant. Let the lawn dry fully before re-watering. A good way to check if your lawn is in need of water is the dullness in colour. When watering place an empty cup in the sprinkler zone. A healthy lawn will only need 1″ of water.
- Control the build-up of thatch – Thatch is the layer of living and dead organic matter between the soil and lawn. This layer should not exceed a thickness of 1/2 an inch. Aerate your lawn to bring microorganisms to the layer of thatch. These microorganisms will then eat away most of the thatch. Aerate will also reduce the amount of thatch and allow roots to grow deeper.
An organic lawn is a happy lawn, and a happy lawn will look beautiful year round.
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