Multi Colored Patchy Lawn

This article is from Good Nature Organic Lawn Care’s Blog
Posted by Alec McClennan

Is your lawn a variety of colors right now?  Chances are it’s because your lawn is made up of a patchwork of grasses.

It is important to know as much as you can about the different types of grasses in your lawn and how they behave so that you know what to expect from them.  If the patchy lawn bothers you, you can choose the correct solution.

I’ve seen a lot of people assume that their dormant Rough Bluegrass is an “insect” problem.  They go out an needlessly apply a potentially dangerous insecticide for no reason that doesn’t solve their problem.  Knowing the types of grass in your lawn really helps you formulate a plan for your lawn.  Here are some grass types that you might be seeing right now in Ohio and throughout the midwest.

Rough Bluegrass

Rough Bluegrass is a weedy grass type that thrives in wet, shady lawn areas.  It has stolons which is a fancy name for an above ground root that allows it to climb over other grasses.  That’s why you’ll see it start in a small patch and get gradually bigger.  In the spring, Rough Bluegrass stands out from traditional grasses like Kentucky Bluegrass and Turf Type Tall Fescue because it is lighter in color and typically grows faster and sticks up taller in the spring.  The problem with Rough Bluegrass is that when the weather warms up, it goes dormant really early.  When it’s dormant, it looks dead.  You’ll see matted down patches of grass that seem to have no life left in them.  I’ve seen people incorrectly assume that they have an insect problem and go out to apply a chemical insecticide to correct the problem.  If you know the grass type, you won’t be tempted to use the wrong product to solve the wrong problem.

Here’s what Rough Bluegrass looks like in the spring in a Tall Fescue Lawn:
Creeping Bentgrass
Creeping Bentgrass is similar to Rough Bluegrass (Poa Trivialis) in that it crawls over more desireable grasses in your lawn via above groung roots, called stolons.  These stolons are the reason that when you try to rake your lawn it pulls up like a bad comb-over job.  Creeping Bentgrass is a finicky grass that when grown under ideal conditions can produce a beautiful lawn.  It tolerates short mowing and is used extensively on golf course greens.  The problem with creeping bentgrass is that it is susceptible to a variety of diseases and insects and generally struggles during the summer.  When creeping bentgrass turns brown and goes dormant during the summer, it tends to be invaded by annual weeds.  The bentgrass in the picture below is shorter than the other grasses and has a blueish tint.

Old Fashioned Tall Fescue

Always mistaken for “crabgrass” old fashioned Tall Fescue is a perennial grass that has very coarse leaves and sticks out like a sore thumb in a fine textured lawn – especially when all the fine textured grasses turn brown in the heat of summer and Tall Fescue stays nice and green.  If you have a lot of clumps of this grass, I’d recommend overseeding the rest of your lawn with Turf Type Tall Fescue, like our Good Nature Tuff Turf, which will stay greener during the summer and camoflauge the old fashioned Tall Fescue.  If you really want to eliminate it, there are a few chemicals that will do the trick, including roundup.

What to do about your Patchwork Lawn?

If you can tolerate an imperfect lawn and don’t mind the lack of uniformity, it often makes sense just to do the best you can and understand that your lawn will never be perfect with the grass varieties it has.  In fact, if you have rough bluegrass or even creeping bent, your lawn will often times look terrible during the summer.  There is not much you can do about that other than eliminate your grasses and start over with a new lawn. We call that a lawn renovation.

If you have questions or would like to read more articles on landscaping tips and “How To” check out Organic Lawn Cares website http://www.whygoodnature.com

Find Relief from Low Back Pain with Therapeutic Yoga

By Dawn Miller

Are you one of 31 million Americans who experiences low-back pain? Back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office and will affect 8 out of 10 people at some point during their lives. In most cases, back pain can be resolved without surgery and even prevented before it happens. Exercise, particularly core strengthening, is often recommended to alleviate and prevent low back pain. Depending on your particular condition, the wrong kind of exercise can actually make things worse.

For example, while it is true that the deep layers of abdominal muscles provide support for the low back, many exercise routines emphasize strengthening the outer abdominal muscles with sit-ups or crunches and neglect to strengthen the inner abdominal muscles and importantly, the back muscles themselves. The results over time are a weaker and more vulnerable low back with more pain, not less. Instead of an exercise routine focused on “six-pack” outer abdominal muscles, you are more likely to benefit from a therapeutic yoga practice that strengthens the deeper abdominal and back muscles in an integrated way while helping you develop overall strength and flexibility.

Research published in 2005 Archives of Internal Medicine reported that therapeutic yoga was more helpful than conventional therapeutic exercise in relieving symptoms of chronic low back pain. In 2013, researchers from Boston Medical Center found that a weekly therapeutic yoga class combined with practice at home produced substantial reductions in chronic low back pain and reduced the need for pain medication. Whether you’re experiencing low back pain currently or want to take preventive measures, a therapeutic
yoga practice could be the key to a healthy and happy low back, keeping you out of the doctor’s office today and for years to come.

For more information on yoga for low back pain relief, including our therapeutic small group classes and private sessions, visit www.northcoastwellness.com or call 216.269.6824.

About Dawn
Dawn teaches private & therapeutic yoga sessions, corporate yoga classes, and
studio-based group classes at multiple locations in Northeast Ohio. She has a
Master’s Degree in Medical Anthropology and a long-standing interest in crosscultural
health and healing practices.

How to Minimize Dandelions Without Chemicals

How to Minimize Dandelions Without Chemicals

You Don’t Need to Use Chemicals to Fight Dandelions.  In fact, if you’re thinking about using a chemical to kill dandelions, you might first consider these 5 Reasons to Avoid Weed & Feed Chemicals first. If you’re interested in maintaining your lawn without resorting to chemicals, Good Nature can help.  Here are two ways you can enjoy a beautiful lawn and peace of mind, naturally:

Option 1:  Sign Up for Organic Lawn Care Services
After just a few treatments you’ll notice a significant reduction in the number of Dandelions in your lawn.  Be sure to ask for an extra Natural Weed Buster Treatment!.

To Signup for services just visit http://whygoodnature.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=7f9c134046d4c69b2dbf0fff1&id=4faef91fe3&e=b4f23cee4b and enter the offer code: 9BU-8VYZ-CS5. Each treatment for your lawn is just $43.92.  If you don’t want to mess with the offer code, feel free to give Good Nature Organic Lawn Care a call at 216-641-9800.

Option 2:  Treat the Lawn Yourself

If you prefer doing things yourself, don’t reach for the chemical.  Use a one two punch of Organic Fertilizer with Corn Gluten Meal to feed the lawn and prevent weeds, while you spot treat existing dandelions with ADIOS Environmentally Friendly Weed Killer or use a Speedy Weedy to pluck them. Happy Spring!

Get a lot more great tips on how to care for your lawn from Good Nature Organic Lawn Care blog http://info.whygoodnature.com/blog/

Renew Your Legs and Your Life

DO YOU EXPERIENCE LEG DISCOMFORT? Renew Your Legs and Your Life

By Dr. Robert A. Musson
After working in the fi eld of phlebology, or vein medicine, for the past 20 years, I have seen thousands of patients come through our doors and it still amazes me how often I hear that statement from our patients after treatments.

When patients visit us for the fi rst time, we ask about their reasons for selecting our center. The majority of them pursue treatment because of the way their legs look without understanding how much of their leg discomfort is also attributed to their vein disease. I say “discomfort” and not “pain” because most patients who have venous insufficiency (the underlying medical issue that leads to varicose veins and spider veins) will describe the classic vein symptoms of aching, throbbing, heaviness, and
tiredness in their legs.

We have found in recent years that many patients also complain of swelling, itching, burning, leg cramps, and restlessness of the legs in association with their venous insuffi ciency. Surprisingly, many patients who come to us with those symptoms have already undergone extensive evaluations, sometimes involving specialists, without finding relief of their discomfort.

Leg cramps and restlessness in particular are symptoms that haven’t been associated with varicose veins. However, we have found these to be two of the most common and most annoying symptoms, as they will often occur at night and can be extremely disruptive to sleep. Other conditions can cause muscle cramps and restlessness, but when these symptoms occur at night, venous insufficiency may be the most likely diagnosis.

This can be good news for patients with these symptoms because the treatment of venous insuffi ciency is easier and more effective today with the combination of endovenous laser ablation and sclerotherapy that we employ at the Circulatory Centers. Both of these procedures are performed in the office with no general anesthesia or down time required. We are one of the most experienced vein centers in the nation and we have found that the vast majority of patients who come to our offices with these symptoms are able to find the relief they have been seeking for years.

In addition to leg discomfort, a significant number of patients come to us for purely cosmetic reasons—they are unhappy about the appearance of the spider veins or varicose veins in their legs.

After undergoing treatment in our centers, most patients are happy with their cosmetic results but discover that their legs feel better as well. Because vein-related symptoms tend to appear gradually over a span of years, often made worse by pregnancies or jobs which require long periods of standing, many patients don’t realize that they have symptoms and assume their legs are “supposed” to feel this way.

Other patients assume that just “because” they are older, leg discomfort is normal. Not so! Many of these patients have underlying vein issues, even if their legs look normal on the surface. A thorough evaluation with ultrasound in our centers is crucial to establishing a diagnosis and beginning treatment that will fi nally bring relief!

At the Circulatory Centers, our free office consultations are the first step in allowing us to help you get the relief you’ve been craving for and to help you love your legs again! Call 800.342.8918 to schedule a FREE consultation at one of our seven locations today!

Dr. Robert A. Musson is a native of Akron, Ohio. After receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of Akron in 1985, he attended The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio, where he received his M.D. in 1989. He joined Circulatory Centers in 1992, and it was here that he received additional training in the field of Phlebology, or vein care medicine. Dr. Musson is an Active Physician Member of The American College of Phlebology, the principal American professional society in Phlebology. Dr. Musson is also an accomplished author, and he has written an informative book on the subject of varicose veins titled Varicose Veins and Spider Veins: Myths and Realities.