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Date: March 20, 2017
Lawn Dawg Fertilizing Lawn
If it’s spring, it must be time for the annual emergence of the lawn-hating press. Articles that shame those who enjoy their lawns using hyperbolic rhetoric that is flat out wrong tumble over one another to grab your attention. Thankfully, we have plenty of hard science that tells us that our lawns are not only the cause of such maladies; they actually provide us with many solid environmental benefits. Let’s go over just a few of them. Turfgrasses Prevent Erosion Perhaps you’ve been…
Date: March 15, 2017
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Preemergent crabgrass next to grass seed
Personally, I don’t like to shop. It must be a guy thing but I would rather stay home and do the dishes than spend time in a big box store that gives me a case of claustrophobia. But recently I did find myself in exactly the kind of place that I hate and couldn’t help but notice that (a foot and a half of snow notwithstanding) the lawn and garden section is filled to the brim with lawn fertilizer, grass seed and pesticides already. I’m sure that they have their logistical challenges getting all…
Date: March 13, 2017
Salt Damaged Yard
Just when we thought we were out of the woods and looking forward to an early spring, Mother Nature reminds us again of who’s boss. A couple of feet of snow in some locations is coming. The good news is that (usually) snow that falls at this time of year doesn’t stick around long. A byproduct of keeping us safe from snow and ice is the use of road salt as a deicing compound.  The Effects of Road Salt on Grass What are the effects of road salt on grass? Can we prevent salt damage and how do…
Date: March 10, 2017
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Tick on leaf
Increased Tick Population in the Northeast If you have been paying attention to social media so far this year, you’ve seen all the posts regarding how bad the ticks are going to be this season. This is mainly due to the increased population of mice in the Northeast. Where there are mice, you will definitely find ticks. We will go over some ways to protect your family and yourself from the threat of ticks and the diseases they carry. The most obvious way to protect yourself and family from…
Date: February 22, 2017
Moss in Lawn
A very common question that we receive during the late winter is how do you kill moss? I’ve got moss everywhere and it’s taking over my lawn! What to do? Well, the first thing to remember is that if you want to control something in your landscape, you have to understand what it is, how it grows, and if you are of a mind to dispatch it from your yard, you also need a keen understanding of the products available to you. A Little about Moss Mosses are non-vascular plants, meaning that they…
Date: February 20, 2017
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Cockroach on leaf
Choosing between hiring a professional pest control company and trying to remove or prevent pests yourself is a big decision. There are many factors to consider when making this decision. Here are some of the most important reasons to hire a professional. Pest Control Professionals Know What to Look for & Where to Look Professionals are trained to know what to look for as far as pest habitat, food sources and hiding spots. Usually a dead insect is an indicator of what’s lurking in your…
Date: February 13, 2017
Lawn Winter Kill
Winter is a brutal season for human beings; can you imagine how difficult it is to survive the cold, wind and snow if you were rooted to the earth? That’s what your lawn has to do, and although they’re pretty tough plants, sometimes they do not make it. So, let’s look at what winter kill of lawns is, why it happens and what we can do about it. First, a definition. Winter kill is a catch phrase that encompasses many different disease elements, some we have control over, most we do not. There…
Date: January 10, 2017
Snow Mold Disease
Snow Mold is a disease of the foliage of turfgrass that occurs during cool temperatures, sometimes in the presence of snow and sometimes not. It occurs in patches of either pink or gray mycelium that, under the right conditions, can expand and to coalesce into a large, dramatic mass of diseased turf. Under most circumstances, snow mold will not permanently damage the lawn. Let me explain why. Fungi play an enormous role in keeping nature from overrunning us with her refuse. Consider all the…
Date: November 30, 2016
Snow Covered Bush
There are many risks to trees and shrubs throughout winter. Some of the most common causes of damage include winter salt, desiccation, wildlife feeding, snow, low temperatures, and frost heaving. Here is some helpful information about those risks and how you can protect your trees and shrubs in the winter. Salt Damage Healthy plants have a careful balance of salts in the liquid portion of their cells. Anything that alters that balance has the potential to injure or kill the plant. The…
Date: November 28, 2016
Winter Moths
I remember the first time I saw them. As my wife and I pulled away from my brother’s house along the South Shore of Massachusetts, the headlights of my car peered into the woods. It appeared as though it was snowing, even though it clearly wasn’t. Small, white insects in incredible numbers were swarming through the underbrush. This is a crazy time of year to be seeing moths flying about. After all, the season’s over, the crickets died with the first frost, there are no more mosquitoes or…