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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Steps for bringing your lawnmower out of hibernation

Growing season is just weeks away. Before you know it, it will be time to cut your grass again. Your lawnmower is your workhorse. Giving it a little preventive care will improve its lifespan and performance. Plus, you don’t want to be “that neighbor” whose lawn grows embarrassingly high because your mower is in the…

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Learn to prune like a pro

February is the best time to prune most shrubs and trees. Selectively removing dead, diseased or damaged branches and shoots now will give you healthier plants in the spring. Pruning also enables you to shape trees and plants for safety and aesthetic reasons. It’s like giving your plants a gym membership   Pruning benefits plants’…

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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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Get started early for a beautiful lawn

This winter has been anything but normal. While some of us are clearing away damage from heavy rains and floods, others are already seeing weeds popping up due to unusually warm temperatures. Here are a few things you can do in the next few weeks to have a beautiful lawn and yard during the growing…

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Four last-minute steps for winterizing your lawn

Forecasters say we’re headed into another unseasonable cold winter. But it’s not here yet, so there is still time to winterize your cool season lawn and prepare to store your mower until spring. Here’s how to give your turf some TLC before it’s exposed to frigid temperatures. Four ways to prepare for winter Fertilize. While…

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Put the Freeze on Gray Snow Mold

Prolonged snow cover may cause more than cabin fever. It can also hide conditions that may lead to gray snow mold. Luckily, there are precautions you can take now to limit or even prevent its appearance when the snow starts melting. Gray snow mold is a fungal disease    Gray snow mold is a fungus…

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Transform your yard into a healthy ecosystem

Nurturing your outdoor space does more than create a pleasant family environment. It also helps maintain the health of our planet. Everything from beneficial insects to birds, butterflies and other wildlife depends on one another. Your turf plays an important part in this healthy ecosystem. Plus, staying in sync with nature will actually make gardening…

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Three signs it may be time to aerate your lawn

All that walking and playing on your lawn can compact the soil, forcing out the air. If your turf has become so dense that the roots are starved for nourishment, it may be time to give it some breathing room by aerating your lawn. Aeration is when you punch holes all over your lawn, or…

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