Lawn Care

What Is Grass Cycling?

In America, lawns are a big deal! It is estimated that the number of maintained home lawns are over 58 million. And, on the 58 million lawns, we spend over 30 billion dollars each year! Considering the huge number of lawns, individually, they average over 1/3 acre each and consume $517 in lawn products and…

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Mulch-What You Need To Know

Mulch-What You Need To Know

Why is the neighbor’s lawn so pristine? Where are the weeds? Why do the beds look almost professionally maintained? The likely answer to these questions is summed up in a word, MULCH. Great! If that’s all it takes, I’ll simply pile on the mulch and the job is done, the problem solved. But wait, not…

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Why You Should Mow Tall

Why You Should Mow Tall

Leaving on vacation; seven days of stress free fun and escape from the hum-drum duties we all face in maintaining our properties during the summer season. And, if you are like literally millions of other homeowners, one of your  thoughts may be, “Better set the mower down for a close cut before we go so…

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Fall Weed Control

Fall Weed Control

Another summer is winding down. Unfortunately, it is not the end of weed season. With fall weather, broadleaf weeds of all sorts can continue to flourish and spread in your lawn.What many homeowners don’t know is that weeds can be effectively controlled in the fall. In fact, as long as the weed is actively growing,…

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Crabgrass In The Fall

Crabgrass In The Fall

Let’s face it, crabgrass is one tough challenge! It arrives in Spring and stares at us all summer long. Making matters worse, in the early Fall, you may notice the blades turning an unsightly purple.What to do? In the Fall, the simple answer is NOTHING! Crabgrass is an annual plant. That means, by definition, it…

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Planting Trees In The Fall

Planting Trees In The Fall

If you are planning to plant trees, choose moderate sized plants that will establish easily; including maple, sycamore, hawthorn and horse chestnut. Pine and spruce should be planted by early October for best results.If you are planting container stock, be sure the plant looks really vibrant and healthy with no off-color or drooping leaves. To…

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Aeration and Overseeding VS. Slit Seeding

Aeration and Overseeding VS. Slit Seeding

Fall is the best time for over-seeding. Whether your lawn is heavily damaged by summer stress, fungus disease, insects or just thinned out, this is the time to repair damage.  Most homeowners are familiar with core aeration; we watch as golf courses use this maintenance practice routinely to break up compacted soil, helping air, water…

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What Is Thatch?

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?

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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