Bagging When Mowing, Yes Or No?

Do you carefully collect all lawn clippings when mowing, or do you let the clippings fall on the lawn? Are you being lazy if you don’t meticulously bag up all clippings and haul to the compost site? Let’s examine. So which is better for the lawn, to bag or not to bag? Every research university…
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How To Tell If Lawns Need Power Raking

When I was a kid, ‘power raking’ just meant you were putting a little more muscle into the annual spring task. A good raking after the lawn has dried sufficiently always perks it up. How do we know if a few rounds with a leaf rake are sufficient, or if we’re supposed to call in…
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Crabgrass Prevention Is All About Timing

Wide-bladed weedy grasses are an irritation to homeowners who enjoy a uniform, crisp-looking lawn. Crabgrass is a weedy species, whose only redeeming quality is that it’s an annual grass, meaning it must grow from seeds each spring, rather than having a perennial root system that survives winter, as quackgrass does. Crabgrass sprouts each spring from…
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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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