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What are your lawn resolutions?

Happy New Year! It’s going to be a great 2014 season for you and your lawn, right? What will be your New Year’s resolutions for your lawn?

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Your lawn needs a break!

It’s December, what could your lawn need from you now anyways? Not much, consider this a gift from us for the holidays! We hope you all are very proud of your lawn. Perhaps you don’t have the best lawn in town, but we hope can you give yourself a grade of at least a B? We heard some groans. Have you been bad to your lawn? You’re not going to get any gifts this year!

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There’s still more to do this fall

Fall has arrived, brrrrrrrrrrr! The past few months of weather have been somewhat unusual. First we experienced a wetter than normal June, a hot, dry and fungus ridden July, a relatively mild August, and a beautiful September and October. We are pleased to see many lawns are being re-seeded this fall, the best time of the year to establish and re-seed lawns is during fall months. The good news is it is not too late to successfully seed and fertilize your lawn.

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Rain, heat, drought, crabgrass, grubs…what a season!

Wow, what a difficult summer for lawns. We must have seen it all this past season. Right now you are probably looking at a lawn with heat and drought stress, crabgrass infestation or perhaps fungus and insect damage too. What can we still do to achieve a great lawn this fall and next year?

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Do not buy cheap grass seed!

As fall approaches many of us will be considering what grass seed to buy to re-seed our summer ravaged lawn. Since lawns are generally large in size and sometimes a lot to take care of, some feel the grass seed is not that important. How many of you have been tempted or bought a bargain brand of cheap seed and found out the results were so poor that you wasted a lot of energy preparing the lawn? Come on, you can admit it that perhaps you tried it once and it failed. Ben Franklin once said, “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.� You wouldn’t buy the cheapest house paint so please DO NOT buy cheap grass seed!

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Water, water everywhere

This past spring the weather was extremely wet and cool and continued well into the summer months. Now that we are in the midst of a hot, dry summer what can we do to help our lawns survive?

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Chinch bugs are chomping!

It is prime chinch bug time! Many of you have heard of chinch bugs, but have you ever identified one or seen chinch bug damage to your lawn? This month is a good time to start looking for them and prevent them from doing large scale damage to your lawn this summer.

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Things that can go wrong when planting grass

Not unlike Murphy’s Law there are many things that can and will go wrong when attempting to grow grass, giving the person planting less than desired results. The following is a partial list.

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Got earthworms?

Earthworms are more than just fish bait. Have you noticed many earthworms in your property when you are raking the lawn or digging in landscape beds or your garden? If the answer is no, think about why they may not be there. Earthworms are a good measure of soil health. We all know that healthy soil is important to grow a lawn or any crop. Just like the doctor takes a blood test to determine your health, next to a soil test, the amount of earthworms present in your soil is a great indicator of the health of your soil.

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Compaction requires action!

How many of you have ever dealt with the subject of compaction on your lawn? We will bet very few since it may involve shovels and rakes and machinery and some hard work. Many of you may not be aware that your soil may be compacting each year right under your nose.

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