Can You Just Mow Leaves And Quit Autumn Raking?

Raking leaves in the fall makes a wonderful Norman Rockwell picture. Years ago we could rake a pile of leaves and burn them in the corner of the yard. The unforgettable autumn aroma of burning leaves made the raking labor all worthwhile. But in-town burning is heavily frowned upon nowadays, easily inviting a visit from…
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Should Lawns Be Cut Shorter In Fall?

Remember how refreshing the aroma of newly cut grass is when you mow the lawn for the first time each spring? Well, the old saying about familiarity breeding contempt probably applies to the mowing season. By fall, lawn mowing tends to lose its luster, aroma or not. What about the mowing height for fall, are…
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Should Lawns Be Mowed Diagonally?

You know you’re a redneck if you need to mow the lawn to find where you left the wheelbarrow. On the opposite end of the spectrum are homeowners who fawn over their lawn, primping and coddling every grass blade into perfection. Discovering a weed causes a panic attack until all-out war snuffs out the invader.…
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Is It Crabgrass Or Quackgrass In Your Lawn?

Coarse, weedy, wide-bladed grass whose appearance mars the uniform texture of lawngrass is often all mistakenly referred to as crabgrass. Crabgrass preventer is widely sold in springtime at national chains, hardware stores and garden centers. Here’s the problem: crabgrass preventer only works on what is truly crabgrass, when actually much of the weedy, wide-bladed grass in our lawns…
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When To Start Spring Lawn Raking

Spring fever and yardwork go together like Martha Stewart and designer compost containers. Raking the lawn lets us enjoy a nice spring day, get some exercise and keep our lawns healthy. But is there a danger of starting too early? First, let’s examine why we rake lawns in spring: Grass often gets flat and matted…
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