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If Weeds Could Talk standard

If the weeds within your lawn could talk, what would they say? Most homeowners think of weeds as annoying and ugly little plants that pop-up in the most inconvenient spots; however there are more to weeds than meets the eye. Unhealthy and Compacted Soil Most homeowners are aware that compacted soil can be harmful to the lawn and that it is recommended to have an aeration done every fall to reduce this compaction to increase water and air flow to the root system; however most may not realize that compacted soil is also a breeding ground for main weeds, such as plantain. Plantain, or broadleaf, thrive in compacted areas because they do not need many nutrients and do not need ...

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The Seeding Process standard

Whether you are starting with an existing lawn or have some grass established, seeding is always a process that takes time and patience. The mix of weed control and seed is a very fine balance which usually involves picking one or the other. This process can go a couple different ways depending on the time of year that this process is set to start, it can also take several years to get the results expected. Spring Start Starting the process off in spring can be tricky. Spring is the time of year that weeds are most prevalent and the best time to control them or prevent them. Pre-emergent needs to be down in the spring before the soil temperatures reach ...

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Aeration and Seeding standard

It is that time of year to get your lawn back in shape, fill in those thin areas and recover from the limited rainfall and end-of-month heat wave of August. During the fall season, Aerating and seeding are two of the best services that can be done to bring vigor back to your lawn. Choosing a service provider to perform aeration and seeding services can be a strenuous task; as the results of their work will not be known for weeks or months afterwards. As with any service, there are professionals that do a top-notch job while others are just trying to make an extra buck on the side. So how do you ensure that you’re hiring a professional? For starters, we recommend contacting the Better Business ...

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Fertilizing Evergreens standard

Evergreen trees do not require much fertilizer, if any at all. It is very easy to over fertilize an evergreen. Fertilizing evergreens are only required if the tree is losing its dark green color from a lack of nutrients. What a Plant Needs First of all, evergreens typically only need sunshine and water, but for normal growth, a plant also needs 17 nutrients. Hydrogen, carbon, and oxygen are pulled from the air. Nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and sulfur are macronutrients pulled from the soil in large amounts. Micronutrients such as iron, zinc, molybdenum, manganese, boron, copper, cobalt, and chlorine are pulled from the soil as well, but in much smaller doses than the macronutrients. Poor Evergreen Growth If an ...

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Summer Patch standard

There are many different lawn diseases that affect different types of grasses. The effects of these diseases can be unsightly and aggravating to those who spend the time and money caring for their lawns and they can even be deadly to the grass plant itself. What is Summer Patch? Summer patch is a fungus disease that mostly affects Kentucky bluegrass and annual bluegrasses. This disease typically strikes between June and September. Summer patch appears as irregular patches, rings, or crescents less than 10 inches in diameter. What Causes Summer Patch? Summer patch exists in the lawn at all times but will only present itself when conditions are favorable for it. Extended periods of high humidity and daytime high temperatures above ...

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Heat Stress standard

What Can I Do When Heat Stress Strikes My Lawn Grass is a plant and plants need water to survive, especially in the hot and humid summer months. Heat stress can be very damaging to a lawn so it is important to notice the signs, correct the problem and prevent future instances. What is Heat Stress? Heat stress is caused by the heat and humidity when the lawn lacks water. A lawn suffering from heat stress is more likely to have problems with diseases, weed infestations, insect infestations, bare spots and even death. It is possibly to help a lawn rebound from heat stress, but much easier to prevent it. If you notice any heat stress symptoms, it is important ...

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Brown Patch standard

Brown Patch is one of the more common summer lawn diseases in our area effecting homeowners with fescue lawns. The effects can be unsightly and aggravating to those who appreciate a well manicured lawn and can even be deadly to the grass plant itself. What is Brown Patch? The disease is exactly what it is called, a brown patch that appears in the lawn, and typically several patches will appear. These patches are usually circular, brown and can be as range from a few inches in diameter to a few feet in diameter. Brown patch is best known for targeting cool season grasses like tall fescue and rye grass but could still affect warm season grasses like zoysia. What Causes Brown ...

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Nutsedge standard

WTH is that Tall, Light Green Weed Growing in my Lawn!! Everyone has heard the phrase “growing like a weed” and it’s pretty safe to say that this phrase was based on the weed known as Nutsedge, Nutgrass, or Watergrass. Nutsedge tends to grow quickly and taller than the average turf grasses, causing it to be an eyesore for homeowners. What is Nutsedge? It is a grass-like weed which actually belongs to the sedge family. Nutsedge is easily identified by its triangular shaped blades that are often described as lime green or bright green. The root system of nutsedge consist of multiple fibers called rhizomes and produces tubulars. Each tuber has the capability to produce a new plant, which is ...

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Soil Analysis standard

Every lawn has nutrients below the surface that affect the appearance and life of the lawn. These nutrients need to be checked to determine any deficiencies or excess of certain nutrients or levels. Many believe that a problem within the soil chemistry doesn’t exist when everything is looking good, but it is recommended to have a soil analysis conducted before problems arise. Why a Soil Analysis is Necessary? A soil analysis is necessary when there is a problem within the lawn. Maybe an area is going bare and will not grow seed, maybe an area is dull in color, or maybe there has been a struggle with diseases. All of these reasons, and more, can be caused by an imbalance ...

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Lawn Edging standard

A well manicured and maintained lawn does not look as such without proper edging and trimming. The right amount of time and the proper equipment can have the clean lines that everyone wishes to have. Whether using a manual edger or a power edger, both are quite easy to use and will be well worth the money when you see the neat and tidy lawn after the first use. What is Edging Edging is the process of cutting vertically into the ground, cutting about 3-5 inches to be sure to sever the grass plant and root to prevent a quick grow back. A manual edger is a small spade with a short flat blade. A manual edger is not run ...

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