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Weeds

Weed Profile: Chickweeds

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Mouse-ear Chickweed Mouse-ear chickweed (Cerastium fontanum ssp. vulgare) showing hairy leaves & red-purple stems Mouse-ear chickweed is a winter annual weed with a vigorous, low-growing habit. The reddish stems may root at nodes when in contact with the soil. The flowers are small and white, with slightly notched petals. Seeds germinate in fall and grow […]

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Care & Maintenance

Five Essential Tips For the Perfect Lawn

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For most homeowners, creating the perfect lawn seems more like a fairy tale than a realistic goal. No magic pill, wish-granting genie, or wand waving can replace the hard work it will take to achieve the lush green expanse we all crave. Most of us are just happy the yard is green. Does it matter […]

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Care & Maintenance

Benefits of Lawn Aeration

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Aeration removes plugs of turf and soil, allowing better penetration of air, water and nutrients into the soil. Lawn advice usually runs toward applying, as in apply x pounds of nitrogen, apply herbicides for weeds or fungicide, or apply water at this rate for success. Well, our advice today is not about applying, it’s about […]

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Care & Maintenance

Fall Aeration & Seeding – Before & After

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So we’ve written before about the benefits of fall aeration & seeding, but nothing illustrates the amazing results that you can get with aeration & seeding like a picture! Let’s see what the process looks like start-to-finish with progress pictures. Before: Late August 2018 We have a rocky start -literally- with our subject lawn. Neglected […]

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Care & Maintenance

Water Your Lawn the Right Way!

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Is your irrigation effective? Don’t you wish that watering your lawn was like a “one size fits all” t-shirt? Wouldn’t it be nice to follow one set of guidelines, set your irrigation unit once, and forget about the whole thing once and for all? Unfortunately, when it comes to watering the “set it and forget […]

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Tree & Shrubs

Boxwood Care

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When healthy, boxwood’s glossy, deep green leaves, tidy shape and fine texture make them popular and effective landscape plants. Unfortunately, boxwood are often yellowed or dull in color, plagued by insects or disease pests, poorly maintained and “ratty” looking. There are ways to improve the look of your problem boxwood with regular maintenance-read on! The […]

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The Living Soil

Microorganisms: The Living Soil (Infographic)

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The Living Soil

Earthworms: The Living Soil (Infographic)

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Weeds

Grass Seed or Control Weeds in the Spring?

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We are asked frequently about when the best time is to reseed fescue lawns. The answer really depends on the current condition of your lawn and how you feel about weeds. Spring and fall are the best times to seed, simply because fescue prefers the cooler temperatures at those times of year to the scorching […]

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Tree & Shrubs

How to Control and Remove Sooty Mold

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Problem: A black crusty coating covering the leaves of shrubs or other plants*. You determine it is sooty mold. Solution: Sooty mold usually means an infestation of aphids, scale or whitefly. If you can’t find the culprit on the plants with the sooty mold, look up. If the affected shrubs are beneath a taller tree […]

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