Keeping It Green

Achieving ‘grow’-in-the-dark grass

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…

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Here’s why we’re thankful for turf

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…

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

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…

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

  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…

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Why September is a Critical Month for Cool-Season Grasses

You know it’s September when kids are back in school and holiday decorations are already in all the stores. It’s also a critical month for cool-season grasses. This is the perfect time to fertilize cool-season grasses such as Kentucky bluegrass and tall fescue. Sixty to seventy-five percent of all nitrogen applied to cool-season lawns should…

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For Better Leaf Management, ‘Leaf’ Them Be!

Bagging fallen leaves seems just as synonymous with autumn as apple picking and football. But those tree leaves are actually a valuable natural resource that can be a free source of organic matter and nutrients for your lawn. They contain 50 to 80 percent of the nutrients a plant extracts from the soil and air…

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6 Fall Lawn Care Tips for a More Beautiful Yard Next Spring

As the temperature starts to drop, it’s more pleasant to spend time outdoors. And while you’re enjoying the change of seasons, there are a few ways you can also help your lawn make the transition.Autumn’s cooler temperatures and spotty rainfall are actually great conditions for your lawn to absorb energy, moisture and nutrients before it…

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Easy Steps to Restore that Bare Spot in Your Lawn

Bare spots in your lawn can seem to appear out of nowhere. They’re hard on the eyes, and unless repaired, they may continue to grow. The good news is it’s easy to restore that bare spot so that it’s not even noticeable. But before you can repair, you first need to determine its cause. If…

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Grasscycling Your Lawn Can Save You Time (and Fertilizer)

It’s time to stop cleaning out your lawn mower’s grass catcher. Not only does it add time to your lawn mowing duties, but it may even be counterproductive to maintaining a healthy lawn. There’s even a fancy name for leaving grass clippings on the lawn: grasscycling. Grasscycling is good for your lawn and the environment.…

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