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How to Use Less Water on Your Lawn

August 7, 2020
How to Use Less Water on Your Lawn

For nearly a half-century, a green lawn has been the hallmark of the suburban home. It is seen as an indicator of financial success. But as Americans are becoming more aware of their impact on the environment, some are beginning to question the value of those emerald green expanses. According to the EPA, “nationwide, landscape…

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How to Maintain a High-Traffic Lawn

July 31, 2020
How to Maintain a High-Traffic Lawn

A beautiful, green lawn is the pride of any homeowner. But what fun is a lawn if you can’t play on it? Nothing beats the feeling of soft grass under bare feet. And if you have kids or pets, your lawn is sure to be a go-to play space. Even if it’s just you, a…

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How to Prevent Dog Urine Spots on Your Lawn

July 23, 2020
How to Prevent Dog Urine Spots on Your Lawn

A beautiful lawn is like an extension of your living room. It’s a great place for the family to hang out, relax, eat, and play all summer long. And if your family includes pets, they’ll love it, too. But if you have a family dog, you may find an unfortunate side effect of your dog’s…

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How to Fix Dead Spots in Bermudagrass

July 15, 2020
How to Fix Dead Spots in Bermudagrass

Bermudagrass is considered a warm-season grass that grows well in the hot, humid summers of the Southeast. It’s a fast-growing variety, and can quickly fill in any dead patches. So if you are noticing dead spots of your Bermudagrass lawn, something is wrong. To repair the dead spots, you must first determine the cause of…

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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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