Tag Archives: Organic horticulture

Fall into a cleaner, healthier yard this autumn!

The time has come once again for fall cleanups! Last year due to an early snowfall we couldn’t get to all the fall clean ups scheduled. They’re predicting an even worse winter this year, so give us a call to make sure your yard gets the care it needs to weather the season!!!

 

What goes in to a fall clean up? While it’s important to removed leaf fall to maintain a proper ph in your soil, it’s more than just leaves! Now is the time to plant spring bulbs, remove dead limbs and trim branches that might fall and cause damage to your property in an especially heavy winter storm. Last year we received almost 40 inches of snow from Storm Nemo alone, so it’s important to show your yard some preventive care before the season hits. We offer a range of services, including mulch installation, leaf removal, as well as bulb planting and limb trimming. Give us a call and set up an appointment for a free estimate for services unique to your own needs.

We at Algiere’s love our customers, and we love our fellow local businesses. With that in mind, we’re offering a special coupon for 25 dollars off 3 hours of service, but you can only pick up these special coupons at the Norwichtown People’s Bank location. Come on down, get a deal on your fall cleanup needs!

Organic Grub Control Made Easy

Milky Spore Japanese beetle killer, Tukwila Go...

Milky Spore Japanese beetle killer, (Photo credit: photophonic)

The time has come once again to take on the grub population in your yard. In addition to methods like planting more shade trees and shade tolerant grasses, it’s also important to apply some form of grub control. There are a couple of great organic methods available.

Milky Spore is a disease which only affects white grubs. You can buy it as an organic grub control powder that will not pose a risk to animals, children, and beneficial insects in your lawn. It’s also safe to use around waterways.  After initial applications of three to four times a year for three years, it can last up to twenty years, and is guaranteed for ten. You apply Milky Spore in one teaspoon increments every four feet, a ten ounce box will treat 2500 sq feet, and a forty ounce box will treat 10,000 sq feet. It’s safe for the environment and less invasive, but will only kill one type of grub.

Another great organic option is the humble nematode. These mighty microscopic worms will feast on grubs, cut worms, and over 200 other soil dwelling and wood boring pests, without bothering you or your lawn. There are a few nematode products on the market now, including the Nemaglobe and Dr. Pye’s Scanmask, both available at Amazon.com and many local hardware stores. If you can’t find them in a store near you, be sure to ask!

Another benefit of grub control is you’re effectively taking away the food source of other pests, like moles, without having to apply stronger chemicals that might also harm your pets. The most important thing to remember, whatever you use, is to apply your grub control product now. Most grubs hatch in late August or September, and begin feasting on the roots of your lawn at that time, so it’s best to be applying your grub control product as soon as possible. Give Algiere’s Landscaping a call to set up an appointment today!

Organic Gardening 101 With Ben’s Dad, John Algiere!

English: A picture of compost soil

Compost, the key to a healthy organic garden. 

Last week we talked about Ben’s favorite fertilizer and deer deterrent, Milorganite, which is 100% organic and composed or recycled material. It made us wonder, where did Ben get his start with organic gardening? Our question led us, just in time for Father’s Day, to sit down and have a little chat with Ben’s dad, John Algiere, one of the first organic gardeners in the area.

 

When asked how Ben got his start with going green, John said that both Ben and his sister Kate started early, around 3 or 4 years of age. John’s best advice is to teach kids when they’re young, show them how to separate garbage from compost, putting the apple peels and coffee grounds in one container, the wood, paper, and metals in another. Kids can also help with pest control, hand picking the potato beetles off of plants and working to keep the soil insect free.

 

Handpicking takes a lot of work and is time consuming, but is worth the effort. For those who want an extra hand, John recommends organic insecticides; particularly anything which contains BT. He also says you can make your own insecticide using hot pepper, soap and water.

 

For larger pests, John says there’s a fallacy that composting will attract rodents to your garden. Not so, if you stay away from using meat, bread, or anything that will attracts rats or mice. To be an organic gardener, you have to be part chemist, using just the right combination of brown and green materials, air, and moisture. It takes patience and experimentation to get just the right mix for your soil.

 

 

John warns that not everything in an organic garden is going to be perfect; you won’t be able to catch every bug and prevent every blemish. But the benefit to your health and that of the environment is well worth the extra time and attention.

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