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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Recognizing Herbicide Spray Injury

Every year there are many instances of spray damage to vegetable gardens, flowers, trees and shrubs from lawn weed killers. Can you recognize the symptoms? The damage happens when lawns are sprayed for weeds, and the herbicide drifts or is oversprayed onto plants that are next to the lawn. The ingredients in the common lawn herbicides, 2,4-D and…
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Mowing Height Affects Lawn Health

The fragrance of freshly-mown grass is awesome. It’s aroma therapy at its finest. Not only does mowing smell nice, but the proper mowing height can make our lawns healthier. Adjusting the lawn mower so it cuts grass to a properly-high height make lawns healthier because: Grass plants become healthier if they aren’t scalped from too-low mowing.…
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How To Repair Dog Spots On Lawn

Lawn damage caused by dog urine is especially visible in spring when we wait excitedly for lawns to turn from winter-brown to springtime-green. It puts a damper on spring when the picture-perfect green turf is marred by random yellow dead circles. What can be done about dog damage to lawns? Dog urine is high in nitrogen. Nitrogen…
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