Here’s your handy February landscaping and gardening checklist

By Harmony Brands | Feb 1, 2017

The first seed catalogs are arriving in the mail. Spring is officially getting closer! You may still be hunkered inside but there’s plenty to do in February while you wait for the weather to warm up. Some of these items may be zone-specific. Check with your county extension office or local nursery for advice about specific…

‘Spring’ your lawn out of winter hibernation with these tools

By Harmony Brands | Jan 24, 2017

It might only be January, but spring fever is in the air! Garden centers will soon be packed with people. Get a jump on the season by making sure you’ve got everything you need – including the right tools – to make your springtime tasks easier. But first, step outside. Breathe that fresh air, and…

Where to find landscape inspiration

By Harmony Brands | Jan 12, 2017

Brainstorming ideas for a perfect landscape can be fun. Inspiration is everywhere! But where do you find the right visuals to share with your spouse, and perhaps your landscaper, to ensure you get the result you want? Here are two websites bursting with photos of interesting designs, plus DIY tips and expert suggestions. Pinterest On…

Create your dream backyard in 2017

By Harmony Brands | Jan 5, 2017

Your backyard should reflect your tastes and lifestyle. It’s not just some place to store the outdoor grill and potty the dog. This year, choose a backyard project that will morph your outside space into your family’s go-to hangout spot. Here are some inspiring design ideas for creating your dream backyard in 2017: Create a…

Take the guesswork out of choosing the right grass

By Harmony Brands | Dec 15, 2016

Many lawn and garden experts write long articles explaining the pros and cons of choosing different sod varieties. While these may sound helpful, they can also be confusing. For example, for just Florida’s Marco Island area, Bermuda, Bahia, St. Augustine and Zoysia grasses are all recommended. Who wants to spend their free time researching and…

Achieving ‘grow’-in-the-dark grass

By Harmony Brands | Nov 18, 2016

Growing grass in shady sections of a yard is a problem almost every homeowner faces. In fact, about 20 to 25 percent of all grassy areas in the U.S. are at least partially shaded. Even the most tolerant turfgrass needs a minimum of four hours of sunlight daily to survive, but there are steps you…

Here’s why we’re thankful for turf

By Harmony Brands | Nov 10, 2016

Picture this: It’s Thanksgiving Day. You and your family have been working all day on dinner, and it’s finally in the oven. You head outside with your relatives and kids and start up a game of touch football on your lush, maintained lawn. It’s Thanksgiving, after all; football is almost synonymous with the holiday. The…

Goblins and witches might be scary, but dethatching your lawn is not

By Harmony Brands | Oct 20, 2016

October belongs to ghosts, goblins and other creepy things. Thankfully, dethatching your lawn is almost frighteningly easy. What is thatch? Thatch is a loose layer of living and dead shoots, stems and roots that can compile between the grass and the soil surface. This can happen when your lawn produces organic debris faster than it…

Overseeding is the anti-aging secret for cool-season lawns

By Harmony Brands | Oct 7, 2016

Lawns may not wrinkle over time, but older turf can show its age by getting a little sparse. Here’s a practically foolproof anti-aging secret for cool-season lawns: overseeding. This one simple step – spreading seed over your existing lawn – can help restore your yard to a thicker, healthier state. How overseeding keeps your grass…

There’s Still Time to Get a Jump on Next Year’s Weeds

By Harmony Brands | Sep 26, 2016

  The days may be getting shorter but if your weeds are getting taller, take heart. Fall – specifically September – is the perfect time to start working toward having a weed-free lawn next spring. Many experts consider fall weed control to be more effective than waiting to tackle weeds in the spring for a…