Tag Archives: Winter

bag your leavesEach day, more leaves are falling, and the question you have is whether to bag your leaves.

According to some studies, you really do not have to rake and bake your leaves. Just go over your yard with your lawnmower every once in a while. Why? Leaves have incredible organic matter in them.

You really do not need special equipment to tackle this job either—a regular lawnmower is fine. Just close up the discharge outlet and your leaves will get chopped up even more.

The Benefits

Leaves possess organic material that is great for your soil. Research also does not support folks that claim too much leaf material will harm your lawn. It is not scientifically accurate or supported by research.

Mulching also suppresses weeds, which is great! By the same token, you could remove some of the leaves if your yard is literally caked with them. Use your best judgement. If you cannot see your grass really, you could remover about half of the leaves first before mulching.

Your mulched leaves can also be dumped into a garden area before the first snow starts flying.

The Soil

Remember, the health of your lawn is all about the health of what is underneath it—your soil. Do you really need that perfectly manicured lawn? Does it help the soil? Is it necessary?

Take a pass through with your lawnmower a couple times each week as the leaves fall. Bag maybe some of your leaves, but consider repurposing your mulched leaves for your garden or just leave them be for the winter.

Contact us

Serving Southern Maine, New Hampshire, and Northern Massachusetts, Heidelberg Farms is one of over 500 Organic Land Care Professionals accredited by the NOFA Organic Land Care Program.

Have questions about organic lawncare or what to do with your leaves? Call Heidelberg Farms at (603) 501-9919. We are happy to offer advice free of charge.

Winter is definitely on its way, so here are some tips on how to prepare your lawnmower for winter.  

Drain your gas  

The ethanol in our gasoline attracts condensation, which causes gasoline to mix with water—especially during the winter when a mower sits for a long time. Ethanol is also corrosive and can damage your mower’s carburetor.  

While you could try a fuel stabilizer, there is no real consensus that they work. Be safe rather than sorry and drain your gas.

Drain the oil

Use a siphon pump and you will get most of the oil our of your mower. Of course, there is always a drain plug somewhere, too, but siphoning out most of the oil will at least make less of a mess for you.

Don’t forget to wear gloves, too. Oil is not good for us.

Clean or replace the air filter

You can either bang it out on your driveway or clean it with an air compressor. If it looks really bad, just spend the few bucks needed to replace it.

Clean your spark plug 
We sometimes forget about the spark plug, but the mower really won’t run right if it is all fouled up. Clean it with a wire brush or replace as needed. This is a simple, but sometimes overlooked step.

Check your blade

A dull blade not only does a poor job cutting your lawn, it can actually damage the blades of your grass. It is actually really important to a look at your blade and either sharpen it or replace it.

For safety purposes, disconnect your spark plug and wear gloves.

Contact us

Serving Southern Maine, New Hampshire, and Northern Massachusetts, Heidelberg Farms is one of over 500 Organic Land Care Professionals accredited by the NOFA Organic Land Care Program.

Have questions about the organic lawncare? Call Heidelberg Farms at (603) 501-9919.

Your Lawn Isn’t Dead; It’s Just Sleeping!

It won’t be long before the first sheaths of frost appear on the grass, but just because winter is coming (shoutout to all your GoT fans) doesn’t mean your lawn is going into hibernation.

winterEven after the frost sets in, your grass isn’t dead; it’s merely dormant, lying in wait to spring once more. Which makes it all the more important that you have a lawn care program that prepares your yard for the long haul—not in months, but years—and why it’s never too early to plan ahead.

You can read some of our fall lawn-care tips here. Once you’ve tackled all the DIY you can handle, give Heidelberg Farms a call. We’ll help you get a jumpstart on next year by testing your soil and finding out what makes it tick.

The Heidelberg Method

How, you ask? We fully examine your soil’s one-of-a-kind biodiversity, from which we’re able to build unique compost mixtures to help your lawn grow and thrive.

Once the ground is thawed, we’ll work with your lawn to help it achieve its full potential. Our aim is to repopulate, feed and stimulate diverse soil organisms. These organisms help regulate every aspect of plant health, including soil structure and fertility, residue decomposition, nutrient cycling, and even disease suppression.

New England winters might be long and harsh, but we also enjoy some of the most uniquely beautiful plant life anywhere. Encouraging that biodiversity not only makes your lawn look great; it strengthens it. That means fewer visits from us, and more green in your pocket.

Reading the Fine Print

Using an organic lawn care approach is about more than just eliminating harsh chemicals (although those are definitely very, very bad). What the conventional companies don’t want you to know is that even the more “benign” ingredients in pesticides, like metabolites, can become harmful once they interact with water, air, or soil.

Next to your home, your yard is one of your most important investments. The healthier it is, the more it’s allowed to thrive, the easier you’ll sleep—and so will your lawn!

Have questions about the benefits of organic lawn care? Call Heidelberg Farms at (603) 501-9919.

Heidelberg Farms serves southern NH, Maine and northern Massachusetts.