78 results for "lawn care guide"

Weeding the Lawn

Most things necessary for repairing a lawn are also part of seasonal lawn care, except that if you're fixing a bad lawn you'll probably need to do more of them more often for a while. A healthy lawn may need aerating ...

Seasoned Gardener

Now that your garden is planted and growing, it's time for the weeding, watering and overall general garden care to begin. Ahhh! The fun stuff. In this section, I provide tips and techniques for maintaining your garden throughout the entire growing ...

Appealing to the senses with flowers, shrubs, herbs and other landscape features. A sensory garden is a garden environment that is designed with the purpose of stimulating the senses. This stimulation occurs courtesy of plants and the use of materials that ...

Understanding hardiness zones and climatic conditions guarantees growing success. The amount of light, food, and water an organic garden receives is only part of what determines whether the plants in the garden will thrive. Climate also plays a big role. The ...

Home Composting

Nitrogen Since most piles are short on nitrogen, not carbon, adding nitrogen will generally help a pile heat up quickly. (If the pile starts smelling like ammonia, you know you've gone too far.) Quick fix nitrogen sources include blood meal, soybean ...

Home Composting Bin

A compost pile usually stays where it is placed for years, so it's a good idea to place it with some care. If you are building a conventional pile, make sure that it's close enough to the house so that ...

Reel Lawn Mower

Acidic Soil: Soil with a pH value higher than 7.0 (pH>7) is considered alkali and can be neutralized (pH of 7 being neutral) by addition of an acid (pH<7). Soil with a pH of higher than 10 (pH>10) is considered ...

Kids Playing

Books and Articles The Natural Lawn & Alternatives. Brooklyn Botanic Garden Record (49:3, Autumn 1993) A collection of articles including "Eight Steps to a Pesticide-Free Lawn," "Buffalograss Lawns," and others on moss, prairie, and other grass alternatives. "Turf Tips" has a map ...

Chemical Free Lawn Care

Chem-Free Lawn Care for the Unconvinced (Just Say NO to NitroLawn) This is for the person who thinks organic is all very well if it works, but who isn't interested in losing ground (or grass) while making the transition or testing the ...

Grass Alternative

For many of us in North America, grass is our default planting. If we can't figure out what to do with an outdoor space, we plant grass, for grass, we assume, can grow anywhere. But turfgrass is simply not the ...

Mole Control

Lawn Problems: General Guidelines The principles that guide organic pest-control are simple: try to make the lawn unattractive to pests and attractive to beneficial plants, animals, and insects. Wonderful ideas; the dilemma is, how to put them into practice without going ...

Sprinkler Fun

There are three clear benefits that answer the question -- why organic? Your lawn will be healthier, the environment will be healthier, and you will be healthier. On top of these, there's the distinct possibility that you'll save time or money ...

Planting Tomatoes

To get a bumper crop, stagger planting dates to extend the tomato harvest (see Harvest vs. Planting Date). Staggered transplant times will also reduce pest and disease problems, though it may not be an option if you live in an ...

Vertical Design

Okay, so you want to start an organic garden. While it's tempting to rush out and start digging and planting, it's a good idea to take some time and begin planning your attack. Here are some garden design guidelines to ...

Planting Herbs

There's few things more rewarding than growing your own food​, and seasoning that food with fresh, homegrown herbs -- priceless! The important thing to remember about herb gardening is that it's relatively easy. Plants thrive indoors and outdoors providing you ...

Vegetable Gardening Guru

You don’t have to grow organic, but we can’t deny it’s a beautiful thing when the plants you love just love you right back. Planet Natural has developed this home vegetable gardening guide to answer your biggest questions, no matter how you ...

Growing & Gardening Tips

Acidic Soil: Soil with a pH value higher than 7.0 (pH>7) is considered alkali and can be neutralized (pH of 7 being neutral) by addition of an acid (pH<7). Soil with a pH of higher than 10 (pH>10) is considered ...

How to Compost

Composting, the practice of making organically rich soil amendments from yard, kitchen and other wastes, requires a number of conditions but is dependent on one thing: the microbes responsible for decomposition. These single-cell organisms, working through strength in numbers, turn ...

Hi Jim - Thank you for your thorough questions. Amending and breaking up clay soils can be a frustrating lawn care issue and can be a multi-year process to correct. We recommend aerating in both the spring the fall then applying a ...