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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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Time For Aeration & Overseeding

Time For Aeration & Overseeding

During the hottest and most stressful months of the growing season, your lawn can take a real beating.As dry, stressed grass thins out, sometimes even going completely dormant, weeds will invade, diseases run rampant, and bugs move in. Lawns that are being regularly watered will usually do good, but even then it’s likely the grass…

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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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The Secret To Seeding Success

The Secret To Seeding Success

When planting a bare-ground seeding or just over-seeding a thin lawn, following time-tested procedures can make the difference between seeding success or failure. Far too often, with the best intentions, homeowners make fundamental mistakes that can result in seeding failure and the need to go back to square one and start over without every understanding…

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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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