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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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Watering after an Application standard

“The technician was just here, should I water my lawn now or wait?” Watering after an application is one of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to lawn care applications. To answer this question, you must understand that lawn care applications are typically 2-parted and therefore have a 2-parted answer. Yes, the lawn does need to be watered following a lawn care application because of the fertilizer, but has to be watered after a certain time frame because of the weed control. Granular Fertilizer Applications The granular fertilizer or pre-emergent applied during a lawn care application should be watered into the soil within 10-14 days of the application being applied, from either rainfall or irrigation. Granular fertilizer must ...

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Annual or Perennial Bluegrass standard

During the spring and early summer months, many homeowners start to notice an odd type of grass, often considered to be a weed, popping up within the lawns. It is lighter green in color, has rough textured leaves and bunches of seeds that form at the top. While these patches may resemble a weed, and are often considered to be such, it is most likely annual or perennial bluegrass. Annual Bluegrass Annual bluegrass becomes a nuisance in the late spring, during its final reproductive stage when begins to produce seed. This is a 2-3 week period, usually in May when the bright green grass produces a seed head that is capable of producing hundreds of seeds per plant. At this ...

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Eliminate the Conditions that Promote Weeds standard

Weeds can tell you a lot about the condition of your lawn and understanding weeds for what they indicate about your lawn care practices and soil conditions is actually very simple. Simply put, weeds thrive in soil that is compacted, not pH balanced, and in lawns that are improperly mowed, watered or are thin with bare spots and in need of seeding. Below are the most common cultural practices, turf conditions, and soil attributes that can contribute to weed issues and by following you can eliminate the conditions that promote weeds. Cultural Practices Mowing Height – Poor mowing practices cause many lawn issues. Mowing lower than 1.75 inches can kill the root system by preventing photosynthesis, and mowing with a ...

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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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