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Quackgrass standard

Have you noticed a different type of grass popping up within your lawn? It’s pretty obvious when something new pops up that doesn’t blend in with the rest of your lawn. Chances are, your lawn has been infested by quackgrass! What is Quackgrass? Quackgrass is a creeping perennial grass that is considered to be a weed. It looks similar to annual ryegrass and may also resemble crabgrass; however quackgrass is easily noticed by its long tapered blades that are thicker than the average blade of grass, usually about 1/3 inch thick and attached to a hollow stem. Quackgrass also has a distinctive leaf blade that wraps around the stem of the plant with clasping auricles. Unlike the shallow roots of crabgrass, quackgrass ...

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Seeding a lawn in the spring standard

Establishing a lawn from seed can be a rewarding experience and a less expensive option in comparison to sod. While establishing a lawn from seed can be done at anytime of the year, there are a few things to consider when considering seeding a lawn in the spring. Use of Pre-emergent Fertilizer If a pre-emergent fertilizer was applied to your lawn to prevent crabgrass and other weed seeds from germinating the same will happen to newly planted grass seed. Therefore, you will need to scratch the surface of the ground exposing the dirt which will disturb the pre-emergent barrier and allow your grass seed to germinate. If your lawn has not been fertilized yet, you will need to pick a blend of ...

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Lawn Mowing Safety Tips standard

When you think about mowing the lawn, many don’t think much about it and simply get out there and do it and do it quickly. When you truly think about a lawn mower, whether push or rider, they are very dangerous pieces of equipment. Accidents can happen easily in your own lawn, it is always best to follow all lawn mowing safety tips and general standard safety procedures. Keep Yourself and Others Safe One of the biggest contributions to lawn mower accidents is people not aware of what is going on around them and those that allow children to ride on or mow the lawn. Lawn mowing is a solo act and should never be done with the assistance of a ...

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What is Onion Grass? standard

Every year, you mow the lawn and you smell it! The overpowering smell of onions fills the air. Wild onion grass, a cousin of green onions, is considered a weed and can be one that is very difficult to control and takes much patience when dealing with. What is Wild Onion Grass? Onion grass is a cool season perennial weed that grows from a root bulb in late fall or early spring and has long waxy leaves. Root bulb weeds are difficult to control because they spread rapidly and sprout new growth each year from their bulbs. Food is stored within the bulb allowing onion grass the ability to live throughout the winter months, returning each year, similar to tulips. ...

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Termites aside

Termites Termites in particular, subterranean termites are the most damaging insects of wood and can cause significant property damage. Their presence can be very difficult to detect in advance and typically their destructive damage is done before they are seen. What are Termites? They are small, ant-like insects that differ from ants in that they feed off of wood. Termites are social insects that live in colonies underground in the soil and where their labor is divided among a caste system. Soldier – These termites protect the colony and comprise of only 1 – 3% of the colony population. Workers – These termites cause the most damage by eating wood and building tunnels. Workers also maintain the colony by building ...

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Benefits of Grass standard

Grass is everywhere. We don’t think much about it, it’s just there and we cut it, rake it and fertilize it without ever realizing the effects and benefit grass has on our daily lives. Similar to trees, healthy green grass has environmental benefits such as carbon dioxide absorption and oxygen production and so much more. Carbon Dioxide & Oxygen Everyone knows that trees are important factors in the absorption of carbon dioxide and production of oxygen, but most don’t realize the grass and other plants do the same thing. It is the process of photosynthesis that allows all plants, including grass and trees, to take the carbon dioxide out of the air and use it in combination with water and ...

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Mulch standard

A new layer of color can be just what a home needs to enhance its cosmetic beauty. This new color can be achieved by adding landscape mulch. Not only will this give your home that little pop it needs but will also benefit the life of the plants while protecting your property. When & How to Mulch can be applied at any point throughout the year; however spring is the most common time. Adding it in the spring signifies for many that this is a new year with new life and a new look.  Landscape mulch is easy to install and typically needs to be redone every year or two. If the landscape mulch has lost its color or is ...

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Dormant Oil standard

A dormant oil application is one of the most important steps to take to help protect ornamental trees and shrubs against insect populations. What is Dormant Oil? Dormant oil is an application that is done while ornamental trees and shrubs are still in their dormant state. The oil is mixed with water and sprayed onto the leaves, branches, and trunks of trees and shrubs. Dormant oil is classified as an insecticide. The oil suffocates and kills exposed insects and exposed eggs on or in the plant by covering their breathing tubes or through absorption of their outer layer that destroys the cells within the insects. When to Apply Dormant Oil? Dormant oils should be applied to trees and shrubs while ...

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Frost standard

With cooler temperatures in the late fall, throughout winter and into early spring, frost may appear. A cool frosty morning can be a beautiful sight while enjoying a cup of coffee but can cause concern for the lawn and other plant life. What is Frost? It is a coating of ice crystals, formed by moisture in the air overnight, among other things. In our area, this ice usually forms as white ice crystals or frozen dew drops on the grounds surface. What Causes the Ice Crystals? A lot of meteorology knowledge goes into predicting if a frost will occur because frost depends on the air temperature, the dew point and the barometric pressure. The ice crystals are formed when the ...

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Rose Rosette Disease standard

As with everything in nature, there are always predators and always diseases just as there are always those that are more susceptible. Even the hardiest trees and plants can become target to diseases and sometimes can result in devastating losses. In the case of Knockout Roses and other rose bushes, in the last 10 years they have been over planted in landscape areas and now have become a susceptible host. The infective agent known as the Eriophyid Mite is responsible for Rose Rosette Disease (RRD). What is Rose Rosette Disease? Rose Rosette Disease is a viral disease that is transmitted by Eriophyid Mites. Most rose species are susceptible to Rose Rosette Disease and will often die within a few years ...

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