Hedgehog is once again testing HumicGreen PetiGreen in Bend, Oregon.

Last fall we moved houses and we bought a fixer upper so please disregard the messy looking backyard.  As anyone knows who owns a business, hard to find time off to work on your own house / projects.

We purposely laid new tall turf fescue sod and didn’t put anything except water and 1 application of organic, low nitrogren (8-0-4) in October 2015.

Our 2 doodles have done a number on the turf over the winter.  So far this spring it has had 2 mows and 1 day of running the sprinklers. That’s it.  Today, April 17th, I sprayed Petigreen for its first application.

Petigreen applied April 17th 4-17-16_Rt yard

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I’m a few days past the 6 weeks for reapplication but I sprayed Petigreen last night, May 25, 2016.  Nothing besides Petigreen put on lawn, its mowed each week and I actually haven’t ran sprinklers on the turf since last time we watered in the Petigreen.  We have had a few days of heavy rain in the last 6 weeks though.  And as you can tell, yard still under construction.

Petigreen 6 weeks_left

And yes this is blurry but you can still see the grass.  Sorry it was very early to not have sun or shadows on the turf at 5:45am.

Petigreen 6 weeks a_left

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Last night I sprayed my third application of Petigreen on July 14, 2016.  It’s actually been a little over 7 weeks but better late than never.

This test is flawed due to heavy construction in my backyard and serious lack of not watering.  Last weekend we brought in compost to extend the yard out to edge of patio and walkways.  At that time, I also put compost in the burn spots and seeded.  Since last weekend, I have been watering daily with an inch of water.  Prior to the over seeding, I had watered twice in the entire 7 weeks since last photos.

Thank goodness for the photos because its even hard for me to believe.  Please keep in mind that before putting in our sod we brought in 10 yards of compost and amended our soil.  Soil quality and consistent watering plays a huge role in how fast someone’s yard will respond and recover.  We are huge fans of top dressing and over seeding yearly.

Sprayed Petigreen 3rd application - left

Sprayed 3rd Petigreen - top

Sprayed 3rd Petigreen - Right side

Please note this will not completely fill in or fix the existing damage to your lawn that happened prior to Petigreen.

Petigreen works best if sprayed every 5-6 weeks and the lawn is watered at least every 3rd-4th day.  My clients yards that we use this on, water every 2nd or 3rd day and we consistently spray every 5-7 weeks.  Typical results are noticed after the 3rd spraying and we see serious reduction in new burn spots, the old burn spots start to fill in some and we notice tall green spots after the dogs urinate. At the 3rd spraying we overseed the old burn spots with new seed and 1/4″ of compost.

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Hedgehog is very excited to be testing HumicGreen PetiGreen in Bend, Oregon.

If your like us, we love our dogs but hate the way our grass looks after they do their business on it.

We have tried everything from rocks in their water to special treats that are purported to balance their PH and not cause those nasty burn marks in your lawn.

We are thrilled to be testing a 3 step program to improve the health of your lawn!

PetigreenPetiGreen is a liquid soil amendment that gives back to the environment of soil. It not only adds organic material to the soil it improves the environment of the soil and actually promotes true organic activity. This activity starts the moment PetiGreen comes in contact with the soil. For areas that are severely damaged the arduous task the microbes have of rebuilding the soil begins so that you can, given an adequate amount of time, eventually restore your spectacular green lawn.

For lawns that have mild to moderate damage PetiGreen starts building the population of microbes in the soil that will help stop further soil damage. Over time the microbes work to protect grass roots and eventually prevent the formation of new urine spots in your lawn.

We will be taking photos of each treatment to see the progression.

Before our first treatment photo –

First treatment of Petigreen - full view

First treatment Petigreen

One full week post spraying Petigreen.  Week 2 photos taken on 3/19/15.

2nd week Petigreen

2nd week Petigreen photo - full view

Two full weeks post spraying Petigreen.  Photos taken on 3/29/15.

Post 2nd week Petigreen

2nd 1:2 week post

The Culprit – Cosmo the Whoodle is 6 months old and attacking the sprinklers.

2nd treatment of Petigreen applied 4/03/15

2nd Petigreen treatment - full view

2nd Petigreen Treatment

My little landscape helper.  He has to be in the middle of everything and loves the water including the Petigreen spray.

Cosmo the landscape dog

4 weeks in and 1 week post 2nd Petigreen treatment.  Wow is it greener!

4 weeks post Petigreen - full view

4 weeks post Petigreen

6 weeks in and looking lush and greener.

6 weeks post Petigreen

6 weeks post - Petigreen

 

6 weeks post Petigreen 9 weeks post Petigreen - full view

9 weeks post Petigreen

Final Results:  We put nothing on the yard besides Petigreen.  No grass seed, no fertilizer, no lime, no aeration….nothing.  The proof is in the photos.  It works!!  We knew the severe damage spots would need to be over seeded and were waiting to complete the test but they have actually gotten smaller.   Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much since we’ve tried so many things already but both our dogs are not leaving burns spots when urinating in our yard.  I take them to the park in front of our house, they still burn the grass so it is working.

After you do the 3,2,1 go! treatments, you will need to apply 1 oz every 6-8 weeks to keep up on it.  Totally worth it and I’m hooked.  Thank you Petigreen!

***JULY 2016- PLEASE NOTE THAT DIRECTIONS HAVE CHANGED AND NO LONGER NEED TO DO THE 3,2,1 GO.***

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Restore Your Lawn with PetiGreen

 

Hedgehog is excited to be testing out Organic Bactifeed.

I will be doing a series of before and after each treatment photos.

We will be treating our front yard 3 times in a 4 week span.

BactifeedIt is an all organic Biological soil conditioner.   By metabolizing organic matter and minerals in your yard, Bactifeed makes more food available to your plants and turf, thereby increasing the fertility of the soil.

Bactifeed soil conditioner reduces the need for watering and increases the uptake of nitrogen resulting in greener plants.

When Bactifeed is used regularly, it will maintain a stable and robust population of microorganisms in your soil.

FAQ and Information about Bactifeed

 

Before applying Bactifeed.  Week 1

 

2nd Bactifeed treatment 3/18/15.  It is greener but is this due to some rain, water when applying Bactifeed, grass coming out of being dormant for winter or the Bactifeed?  Maybe it’s all four!

2nd Bactifeed Treatment

3rd Bactifeed treatment applied on 3/29/15.  No fertilizer or lime down.  But we did de-thatch lawn on 3/26/15.  I will take a couple photos in a few weeks to see difference between front yard with nothing against Bactifeed side of front yard.

3rd bactifeed treatment 3:29:15

**Note – 4/3/15  We are working with Bactifeed to get formulations correct for smaller yards.  Bactifeed was originally designed for large scale farmers and we at Hedgehog need to adjust the quantity we put down.  They have been great to work with and our next testing will start in a few weeks.**

Fertilizer

Here is a very informative and short article from Oregon State Extension office on chemical and organic fertilizers.

Scoop on Chemical and Organic fertilizers

Organic fertilizers have many advantages. They don’t make a crust on the soil as inorganic fertilizers sometimes do. They improve water movement into the soil and, in time, add structure to the soil. Organics feed beneficial microbes, making the soil easier to work.

Winter Burn

Been wondering what the rust color on your evergreens is caused from?

Winter burn is discoloration caused when the leaves or needles of evergreens dry out.

The winter burn that most plants are experiencing was not actually a result of the extreme cold, although that contributed, but was caused by the sun.

During the cold months, evergreens continue to lose water vapor through their leaves (or needles, which are modified leaves). The leaves must replace the water by pulling it up from the roots. But when the ground is frozen, the plants’ roots cannot absorb water to supply it to the leaves. If the weather turns warm and sunny while the ground still is frozen, evaporation from the leaves increases and the water cannot be replaced. Discolored or “burned” foliage may start to appear.

This type of winter damage may be misdiagnosed as a disease or as damage from excessively cold temperatures. In fact, winter burn symptoms typically develop during warm weather in late winter and early spring.

The brown or yellowed foliage generally is on the side of the plant facing the sun and/or the side exposed to the wind, where the rate of evaporation from the needles or leaves is greatest.

Winter burn can be more prevalent in years in which the ground freezes early before plants are acclimated to cold weather or when there is little snow. Without snow cover or mulch to insulate the soil, the ground can freeze more deeply.

Unfortunately once a tree has winter burn, it’s a wait and see approach along with a good Organic Tree Drenching of B Vitamins, Fertilizer and Iron.

Evergreen Winter Damage 

Organic Lawn and Landscape Maintenance Bend, Oregon

Hedgehog Custom Gardening is located in Bend Oregon.  Bend is located on the eastern side of the Cascades and is considered a high desert environment with cool nights and sunny days and is classified as a semi arid climate.

There are many residential and business properties in this beautiful mountain town and if your’e looking for all natural and organic company to handle your lawn and landscape maintenance in Bend Oregon then Hedgehog Custom Gardening is the right choice for you.

Hedgehog Custom Gardening specializes in natural and organic products and has been providing lawn and landscape maintenance since 2003.

Hedgehog takes pride in our work and we always do our best to honor the environment and our natural resources. We offer a full range landscape maintenance in Bend Oregon such as bed clean ups, hardscape blowing, organic fertilization, pruning, natural weed control, and much more.   See Our Services section for more details.

Give us a call today at 541-933-5799 for a free estimate on organic lawn and landscape maintenance services for your home or business, or Contact Us online and we will set up an appointment with you.