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The Stages of Lawn Drought Stress

Tuesday, April 20th, 2021

It’s a little more rainy than usual this time of year, but summer’s just around the corner. With summer’s heat may come thunderstorms, but also prolonged periods without rain. Droughts can put some serious stress on your lawn, as they deprive grass of the water it needs to thrive. Recognizing the signs of lawn drought stress is key to keeping your grass healthy. When you notice these stages, it’s time to bring in a professional!

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Recognizing the stages of lawn drought stress is key to keeping your grass healthy. When you see these signs, it’s time to bring in a professional!

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The 17-Year Cicada: What You Need to Know

Friday, April 16th, 2021

It has been some time since the spring of 2004. If you lived in Maryland at the time, you might recall a deafening noise resounding from the trees and the crunching of shells underfoot. 17 years have elapsed since then, and the cicadas have begun to emerge once more. Homeowners need to get ready for Brood X. Here’s what you need to know about the 17-year cicada, and what their emergence means for you.

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Brood X is coming. Here’s what the emergence of the 17-year cicada means for Maryland homeowners.

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Keeping Weeds Out of Your Lawn and Garden

Friday, April 9th, 2021

At this time of year, weeds seem to be just about everywhere you look. They pop up in sidewalk cracks, on vacant lots, and—unfortunately—our lawns and gardens. Many of these plants aren’t just bothersome to look at. A majority of the weeds likely to emerge around our homes are invasive species that outcompete Maryland’s native flora. So what can we do about them?

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How can we keep invasive weeds out of our lawns and gardens? Take a look!

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100% Organic Grub Control

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

organic lawns healthy green lawnYes! You’re reading this correctly our grub control is as natural as it gets. Whether you choose to have one visit with us through our a la carte choices or your grub control is part of our packages we are proud to offer our grub control that is 100% organic. We use a fantastic product called grubGone! It started gaining popularity several years ago and we are proud to have implemented this product into our program immediately. We are always scouring the landscape for new and improved products on a daily basis to bring our customers the best results using the safest means possible with the products we select.

What are GRUBS?

grub control- picture of grubGrubs are a C-shaped larva that somewhat resembles a shrimp that resides below your soils surface. If you’ve ever been planting flowers in your garden and you notice this pesky little fellow its most likely our buddy Mr. grub. Now, depending on the area in which you live your most likely to encounter the larvae of various insects like the Japanese beetle, June beetle or masked chafer. Grubs love to chew on the roots of your beloved lawn and also organic matter residing in your soil. The tricky part is that grubs live below the surface and you as a consumer will not notice an issue until its too late because it can take several months for damage to be noticed.

Signs of Grubs

How do I Remove Grubs in My Lawn?

The key is property timing and the use of a good safe product like grubGone! By using a preventative approach and having your product in place before grubs begin to feed will keep your lawn protected all season long. Organiclawns have been treating for grubs long enough to know if your reactive to damage its simply too late. Grub damage is very hard to reverse because by the time you’ve witnessed the damage to your lawn it will take months to recover even when treated professionally.

Why choose OrganicLawns Grub Control?

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What is Liquid Aeration?

Friday, February 19th, 2021

Liquid aeration is actually an organic & natural lawn treatment that is used by organiclawns to help the lawn allow for air, water and nutrients to get to the root system of your grass. We like liquid aeration for a few different reasons. The main benefits include loosening soil, better root development, and finally it provides fantastic results with no messy cores.

How does Liquid Aeration Loosen your Soil?

Our state certified technicians apply our 100% organic liquid solution to your lawn that will penetrate deep into the subsoil to literally soften it so the roots can grow and become vibrant which will help them to flourish. It works both in sandy soils as well as the infamous clay based soils. Our organic product will break down your clay by increasing beneficial microbial activity. The entire process will act to help the absorption of wonderful beneficial nutrients needed to increase density in any given grass area. Humus is also present in our liquid aeration application for sandy soils to give better water retention so as to allow for additional increased absorption.

Better Root Development

Liquid aeration penetrates much deeper than traditional core aeration. When using traditional methods your prototypical aerator only penetrates 2-3 inches. With our 100% organic liquid aeration we are lucky to have the help of Mother Nature to get where the roots actually need it. You will notice less water puddling throughout your entire lawn as drainage is increased in difficult areas.Your lawn will require less water in the hot summer months because of the increased length in your root system using this method. The end result produces a true visibly healthy lawn. The deeper roots in your lawn will uptake the nutrients from our healthy fertilizers much more efficiently and can now actually be reached and stimulated for a more rapid growth to achieve our ultimate goal. A lush, green, weed free lawn!

No Messy Cores

Our liquid aeration is a fairly new development in the lawn care industry. We have a feeling it’s new but it surely is here to stay. The fact that it allows your lawn to perform better and there are no messy cores that traditional core aeration leaves behind is sure to be a big hit with many of our homeowners. We can also apply a beautiful blue tag certified seed when we are finished our liquid aeration to enhance the applications by filling in unwanted bare areas throughout your entire property.

Benefits of Liquid Aeration:

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Prevent Crabgrass in Maryland!

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

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The number one most difficult weed to control in Maryland is crabgrass. The reason for this has to do with temperature changes, soil moisture and lastly timing. Crabgrass is an annual grassy weed that has a simple life cycle in that it germinates in the spring, thrives in the summer and lays its seed just before it dies usually before the first frost as winter is approaching. So, with such a simple life cycle why is this weed so difficult to control and prevent?

Prevent Crabgrass in the spring

The spring temperatures in Maryland can be a wild card for sure. We have had temperatures as high as 90 degrees when spring approaches and also as low as freezing on certain cold spring nights. The key is to pay close attention to the soil. Using the soil temperatures will give us a road map as to when to apply your crabgrass control and this actually helps us eliminate the fluctuations of air temperature which is often misleading. If you pay close attention to your soil temperature then its best to apply your crabgrass preventer when the soil reaches 55 degrees for 3-5 consecutive days.

Crabgrass loves moisture in the Soil

Crabgrass loves having plenty of moisture in the soil to germinate. In Maryland our weather is very unpredictable so unfortunately you cannot just pick a date on the calendar and cross your fingers in hopes of applying your product within the proper window ahead of time. It is very important to measure the soil temperature and test the soil moisture before committing to any date ahead of time. I always say proper preparation prevents poor performance. When it comes to crabgrass it truly is well worth the time to use the various indicators diligently before using your crabgrass preventer or even worse to wait until it’s too late.

Proper Timing for Crabgrass Prevention

Timing is everything when trying to prevent crabgrass. There are many environment observations you can use to help with timing your pre-emergent crabgrass application. One of the most famous indicators is the forsythia bush. When this bush starts to show its beautiful colorful flowers it is an indicator that time is of the essence. This will help somewhat, but I like to use more concrete methods such as soil temperature and moisture simply because the forsythia can be influenced into blooming early for various reasons such as plant placement and erratic weather conditions. If you are checking the soil temperature consistently and it reaches our ideal temperature for 3-5 days consecutive then there is no guessing involved! It is time to act!

Remember the 3 Keys to Crabgrass Control!

Need Help with Crabgrass Control in Maryland?

At OrganicLawns we have been in business for over 20 years and we take crabgrass very seriously. We know that the most important part of lawn beauty is keeping crabgrass from invading our lawns. We have talked the talk and walked the walk with crabgrass for two decades and plan to make it three. Let us worry about the timing and testing and bring out the lush, thick, weed free lawn for you.

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