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The When, Why, and How of Dethatching Your Lawn

July 7, 2020
The When, Why, and How of Dethatching Your Lawn

Thatch can be a healthy, useful part of your lawn. And not every lawn will need dethatching. But when thatch becomes too thick, it can inhibit healthy turf growth. When that happens, it may be time to dethatch. Dethatching can be a DIY project. However, if the thatch is really thick, it may be necessary…

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Everything You Need to Know About Soil Testing

June 30, 2020
Soil Testing

If you read our Turf-Tech blog, you may notice that we sometimes talk about soil tests. Many garden stores and big-box home improvement stores sell DIY soil test kits. However, you can also get your soil tested at your local extension. The advantage of testing at a local extension is that you get more accurate…

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Nostoc: A Green Jelly Growing On Your Lawn

June 22, 2020

Have you noticed a strange green jelly growing on your lawn? It may look strange or even alarming at first. But this unusual organism is nothing to be afraid of. It is not harmful to plants or animals, though it does look unpleasant on your lawn. Getting rid of it can be a challenge, but…

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What to Do With Grass Clippings

June 7, 2020
What to Do With Grass Clippings

Among the lawn care community, there has been a longstanding question of what to do with grass clippings. Every time you mow your lawn, you create grass clipping. In the simplest sense, there are only two places your clippings can go: into a bag or back onto your lawn. However, the question gets more complicated,…

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Soil Management for Your Lawn

June 7, 2020
Soil Management for Your Lawn

Soil is the basis of every lawn. It anchors your grass, and it is the storehouse for all the nutrients your turf needs. Plants, including grass, need nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium to grow, and all three are absorbed from the soil. Water, another vital food for your lawn, is also absorbed from the soil. Since…

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How to Get Rid of Moss in Your Lawn

May 31, 2020
How to Get Rid of Moss in Your Lawn

Have you ever looked out across your lawn and noticed thick patches of moss? While moss is not technically a weed, if you aren’t growing it on purpose, it may as well be one. Moss is a simple and ancient plant with a shallow root system. It is an opportunistic plant that will take hold…

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Controlling Broadleaf Weeds in Your Lawn

May 22, 2020
Controlling Broadleaf Weeds in Your Lawn

Keeping your lawn free of weeds is the holy grail of lawn care. After all of the effort you put into growing a beautiful lawn, the last thing you want is a few stray weeds ruining your perfect turf. Unfortunately, broadleaf weeds are some of the hardest weeds to beat. No single method will take…

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Cool Season vs. Warm Season Grasses

May 15, 2020
Cool Season vs. Warm Season Grasses

When you research different types of turf, one of the first observations you might make is that some grasses are termed cool season while others are warm season. In fact, these are two broad categories that horticulturalists and turf growers use to describe almost any turf variety. But don’t be fooled by the name. For…

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What is the Best Turf for Shade?

May 7, 2020
What is the Best Turf for Shade

Shade in your lawn is a double-edged sword. In the Southeast, where summers are hot and humid, shade can be a welcome relief as you enjoy your outdoor spaces. But the same shade that keeps you comfortable in the heat of summer can spell doom for your turf. Most turf requires full sunlight for at…

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How to Keep Field Mice Out of Your Lawn

April 30, 2020
How to Keep Field Mice Out of Your Lawn

Field mice can really mess up your lawn. First, no one wants to see mice skittering around under their bare feet as they enjoy your luscious green turf. Second, these rodents can ruin your lawn with their holes. Third, if you have a nearby garden, these field mice can eat your veggies and contaminate your…

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