Keeping It Green

Become Your Neighborhood’s Lawn-Watering Guru!

Lawn watering requires some finesse. Too little water can cause your yard to go dormant. And too much moisture can cause fungus and a shallow root system. Here’s how to simplify the process to hit that irrigation sweet spot. Beat the heat. The perfect time to shower the yard is early in the morning. It…

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Is “brown” in season? How water-wise is your lawn?

Lush, green lawns are a welcome part of summer. Despite what some lawn-shamers might say, by maintaining your yards, you and your neighbors are actually doing something environmentally friendly. In fact, eight average front lawns have the same air cooling effect as about 70 tons of air conditioning*. But there may still be times when…

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Lawn mowing made easy

Some lawn pros might have you believe that lawn mowing is a complicated science. A few have even published lengthy explanations of how to do it correctly. In reality, the most difficult part of lawn mowing may be convincing your spouse or teenager to tear themselves away from whatever they’re doing to get it done.…

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Our best tips for successful lawn installation

Unlike growing grass from seed, laying sod gives you a head start on the lawn of your dreams. You can have a lush, green yard in a matter of days. Proper preparation and installation are key to getting professional-looking results. Here are some of our best tips for installing your lawn successfully. Preparation Time it…

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Fertilize your lawn like a pro

About now, your turf probably needs some extra nourishment to stay healthy. Fertilizer boosts your soil’s nutrients, ensuring your lawn has enough energy for the entire growing season. Fertilizer also reduces weeds, promotes new leaf and root growth, and helps your lawn recover from any pest damage or heavy foot traffic. Feed your hungry turf…

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Are you ready to prepare your lawn for spring?

It’s almost time to wake up your lawn from its winter slumber. Spring is actually one of the most important lawn maintenance seasons. The steps you take during the next few weeks may help to prevent your beautiful lawn from being overtaken by weeds, insects and diseases. Start with an inspection. This is a great…

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What’s the best cool season grass?

If you live in the northern two-thirds of the country, cool season grass is your best turf option. Cool season grasses thrive when the temperature is between 60 and 75 degrees. You’ve got your choice of four common varieties: Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue, fine fescue and ryegrass. Each has its benefits. Keep in mind that…

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First aid for winter lawn damage

Spring can bring unwelcome surprises if you live in a frigid climate. As the ice and snow thaw, damage may be revealed. Lawns can die from freeze-thaw-freeze conditions. Snow mold and deicing (road) salt can also cause injuries. Here’s how to diagnose these common winter stressors, and some first aid steps that may help your…

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On your mark, get set … GROW!

If installing new turf grass is on your 2016 gardening agenda, it’s smart to get a head start. Proper site and soil preparation, before you do any planting, will make it easier for new grass to establish itself. You’ll get a healthier, more trouble-free lawn. Don’t procrastinate until spring when the urge to see “instant green”…

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