Author: Shawna Fisher

What Is Thatch?

Thatch is a layer of living and dead plant parts that have accumulated above the surface of the soil and surround the crown of the grass plant.The problem with thatch, and the reason many homeowners understand that it can be harmful to maintaining a healthy lawn, is that the thatch layer, if it exceeds approximately…

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Unhealthy Soil: What Can You Do?

Unhealthy Soil: What Can You Do?

Many things can impact the overall health of your lawn throughout the growing season. From drought and heat stress, insect damage, and disease your lawn can have a hard time surviving. One of the main factors for ensuring you have beautiful green grass is ensuring the soil it lives in is healthy. When your soil…

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Does Fertilizer Burn Grass?

For decades, homeowners have been frustrated by browned out lawns, supposedly “burned” by the mis-application or mis-use of lawn fertilizers.Let’s set the record straight; fertilizers don’t burn grass. Repeat, fertilizers will not burn your lawn.Why then, did my lawn turn brown after it was fertilized? First, pet urine, especially that of female dogs can leave…

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Herbs To Grow At Home

Many homeowners have come to enjoy sitting on the deck, enjoying the lawn and landscape with the smell of fresh mint, wafting through the summer air. Herbs are not only great additions to soups, salads, pasta and all sorts of other dishes, growing them at home, in raised beds or even small, portable containers adds…

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Summer Lawns

Summer; hot, sunny days, night time temperatures over 70 degrees and 95% humidity. Tough times for humans and stressful conditions out on the lawn. Though obviously different, grass plants are just as alive as we humans. What that means is, in order to live and grow in the most vigorous way, certain specific conditions must…

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Don’t Stop Watering Your Lawn

Drive down any street in your neighborhood. Notice how, even in the heat of summer when lawns are under stress from insect, disease and environmental stress, some lawns just look better than others. When your lawn is not visually equal to other, even customers of professional lawn care services question the value of their lawn…

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Lawns Improve Our Environment

Most would agree, nothing is more pleasing than a thick, cool carpet of green grass on a hot summer day.But there’s more to the story; thick, healthy lawns are very valuable in maintaining our environment. Did you know that a lawn area of just 5,000 square feet can provide enough oxygen for an average sized…

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People, Pets, and Pesticides

For at least 45 years, since Rachael Carson published her anti-pesticide book Silent Spring, concerned homeowners have questioned the advisability of using pesticides in and around homes. Through subsequent decades, countless studies carried out by numerous research institutions, including government agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency [established in 1973], have dissected and evaluated literally thousands…

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Mosquito Control

It’s a warm summer evening. You have planned a cookout in the back yard. Your whole family is there; Mom and the kids, running, playing and just enjoying being outdoors. As the sun begins to set, you notice your six-year-old scratching his neck. He complains to Mom, “This darn thing itches, Mom.” And, in an…

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