Help for a new guy

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by Tryingtobegreen, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. tamadrummer

    tamadrummer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If you are hand pulling weeds and bermuda that grows like crazy in the beds, that is awesome.

    What do you do about mites/thrips/aphids and all the other creepy crawlys out there? Are they basically manageable without pesticides? I am not trying to be a smart @@@ I am truly curious as to how this stuff is dealt with?

    I just found the links in your last post. You can ignore this if you like.
     
  2. DeepGreenLawn

    DeepGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    the bermuda in the beds can be controlled for the most part by good cutural practices. Edge your beds with the edger you use on the driveway. It will cut any under and above growth keeping it out. Other than that, if you have a healthy bed the stuff takes a minute but you can get it out, especially if your beds are in good condition like mine.

    There are other products and practices that are more or less the "good ole boy/girl" approach. Soapy water agitates this, and this will do that.
     
  3. tamadrummer

    tamadrummer LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I edge all of my beds, the bermuda grows in the middle of the mulch (Stone and lava rock mulch is the worst). The stuff is unstoppable! Until my license gets here, I have my customers buy and keep jugs of round-up in some place that I can get to it so I can spray what-ever is in the beds. Some do some don't so once I have my limited commercial license in hand and can carry and use my own mixes, I will be using NuFarms ProDeuce on the unmulched areas and in my areas with mulch, it will be Snapshot after a good blanket killing with the round-up.
     
  4. DeepGreenLawn

    DeepGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    I know where your coming from, I have a rock bed in my front yard, I was able to eradicate the bermuda before I put it down and have kept it out since. I am in no way saying it is not a pain in the a$$. I am "organic-based" so that there allows me to use traditional products in situations such as these.

    Good luck.
     
  5. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
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    lets see, fire, lady bugs,ant lions,crickets. and lets just go hypothetical, if some one dumped crap all over your world would you be into staying around, we did not do it to repel or fertilize, we spread compost to level the high spots. look at the bags of compost in the local store. there's one that's says helps soil fertility, it has a label, the others ( same product) says nothing and there's no label. lady bugs look cool,ant lions turn into dragon flies, crickets make noise. are those regulated. and a limited app lic??? no tank spray for you??? well we don't spray tea we apply it.to hold in the moisture

    and rocks are hard to keep clean, test the pH and see if theres a reason
     
  6. Tryingtobegreen

    Tryingtobegreen LawnSite Member
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    Treegal,

    I will absoulutely take you up on your offer. Thank you. How can I get in touch with you? My e-mail adress is listed in my profile I believe. Thanks again.
     
  7. Tryingtobegreen

    Tryingtobegreen LawnSite Member
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    tamadrummer,

    Thanks for the link. I have already been in contact with the Dept. of Ag. I am looking at a couple of options - looking for someone with an L&O or petitioning the state since many organic products don't "kill weeds or bugs". I am still early in the process so any additional advice will be read and greatly appreciated.
     
  8. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
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    well here it goes, we already do 700+ emails

    laurastree@bellsouth.net

    we do need to talk your on a very similar path with the MAN...
     
  9. Tryingtobegreen

    Tryingtobegreen LawnSite Member
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    Thank you treegal. I will be in touch soon.

    Which MAN?:confused::laugh:
     
  10. DeepGreenLawn

    DeepGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    Well, your the WOMAN, so who is the MAN? Is that the MR. WOMAN? Or is there more than one THE MAN?
     

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