Greener Grass Blog
Spring Lawn Care: Snow Mold
Snow mold is a type of fungus that affects lawns over winter, appearing as patches of light brown grass after the snow melts. Fortunately, the grass isn’t dead, but only looks that way after a long, hard winter. It will recover with some proper care, and there are ways to help prevent or minimize its occurrence in the future.
Spring Lawn Care: Mowing Taller
Mowing taller is the best thing you can do for the health of your lawn.
Many people choose to mow their grass short, thinking they can save some time by delaying their lawn’s next mowing. Not only are they wrong, they’re ruining their lawn’s health and assuring that any lawn care program will be significantly less effective.
Spring Lawn Care: Preventing Weeds
Spring is the best time for preventing weeds before they begin growing in earnest. This is called Pre-Emergent Weed Control, and there are two types of products available: chemical pre-emergents and corn gluten meal.
Soil pH & Your Lawn
Maintaining a healthy, lush lawn requires more than just mowing it. Just like our bodies need vitamins and minerals, your lawn’s soil needs certain nutrients replenished, too. In order for your grass to absorb what it needs from the soil, the pH level of the soil needs to be at the right level.
Spring Lawn Care: Spot Seeding
Bare spots on your lawn should be addressed immediately, regardless of the season. With spring here, April is a great time to look for areas of your lawn that could benefit from spot seeding.
Organic Lawn Care 101
When striving for a green healthy lawn people quickly turn to traditional methods of using synthetic fertilizers and chemical pesticides, but there are better, healthier options available. Transitioning to an organic lawn can seem like challenge with the abundance of product choices. This doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Following some basic guidelines will help ease the process. Concentrate on these three key areas and you can begin to enjoy peace of mind right away; practices, products and patience.
Organic Lawn Care – How to Choose?
It’s springtime in Ohio, well at least it should be, and it’s time to start thinking about our lawns. Soon they will emerge from winter dormancy and the quest will begin to feed and manicure them to the best of our abilities. Society and habit have us programmed to head to hardware for the first bag in the good old four-step program. If they sell it here it must be safe…right? Or better yet, just pick of the phone and call on your local trusty franchise and have them take care of it.
How to Get Rid of Crabgrass
Crabgrass is an un-invited guest that can keep growing all season long. It loves bare spots, water, and the heat of the summer. For anyone who is working towards a lush, green lawn, crabgrass is just as big of an enemy as dandelions or other weed.
Getting rid of crabgrass for good takes a multi-faceted approach, and it’s important to understand why it grows to understand how to keep this unwanted invader from making its home in your lawn.
Spring Lawn Care Tips
There’s no way around it: your lawn requires maintenance. With warm weather upon upon us, here’s a list of spring lawn care tips that will help prepare your grass for another summer season.
Spring Lawn Care: Mower Maintenance
The best time to perform lawn mower maintenance is at the end of the season in late autumn, but not everyone has the time. If you missed your chance then, be sure to perform this maintenance in early spring before your first mowing. Doing so will ensure your mower runs well and reliably, and that your lawn gets cut the right way.
Summer Lawn Care Guide
Summer time means warmth, sunshine and front porch-sitting. Summer time means catching lightening bugs and rolling down hills. Summer time means trips through the sprinkler and…lawn maintenance? For most of us, while the fun has begun, there is also work to be done, mainly in maintaining a beautiful lawn.
The Organic Solution to Pest Control
It’s that time of year again. Summer is a fun time filled with laughter, water balloon fights, summer picnics, and unfortunately, it’s also the time for bugs to make their way into our homes. At Greener Grass, we have solutions for you to start defending your home from pests, so these uninvited nuisances don’t invade in the first place. Learn more about how our organic pest control is different:
Grass Seed Types: Choosing the Best Seed for Your Lawn
Not all grass seed is created equal. Each type of seed has its own unique properties and benefits and knowing the strengths and weaknesses of each seed type can help you decide what type to use. Whether you’re looking to renovate, reseed or establish a new lawn, it’s extremely important to choose the right kind of grass for your seeding needs. This can be done by considering your region and climate, overall wear and tear on the lawn, and look and feel of the grasses.
The Sights and Smells of Spring…
After a long, long winter that didn’t want to end, spring is finally here. The sights, sounds and warmth are all welcomed by our senses. It’s great to be back outside and enjoying some great weather.
There are a few things that are not so inviting about spring that bother me every year. As people’s lawns wake up from winter the chemicals start to come out.
What’s That Weed?!?
If you’ve seen a new weed popping up in the lawn and in your flower beds the past few seasons with pretty white flowers, chances are it’s Hairy Bittercress, which was once uncommon in Ohio. This broad-leaf winter annual has been invading Ohio for the past decade. More noticeably for us, it’s really picked up steam in NE Ohio over the last few years.
Spring Frost Damage & Yellow Spots
“What are those yellow spots in my lawn?”
This is a question I have heard a lot in the last few days. At first, these yellow spots look very concerning. However, I can easily explain that it’s a simple act of nature and that any discolored turf will soon recover.
Our Organic Lives
I recently had the pleasure of being a guest on a great new podcast. It’s called Our Organic Lives and it’s done by a local mother-daughter team. Their show focuses on their experiences, both positive and negative, with living an organic lifestyle. The show we did had an obvious focus on organic lawn care. Past episodes have included topics such as organic cleaning, grocery shopping, alcohol and GMO’s.