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Date: April 26, 2017
Yellow Hawkweed
Weeds tell a story. The specific weeds that you find on a lawn, either under our care or not, will give you a strong indication as to how acidic or alkaline, fertile or infertile, even the texture of the soil that lies beneath the lawn. Learning these tell tale signs gives you great insight as to what is occurring and what can be expected in the future. Everyone knows what a dandelion looks like, and probably clover, too, so let's take a look at some other less common weeds that we see in…
Date: April 26, 2017
Common Chickweed
Chickweed is a catchall term that refers to a group of very similar looking lawn weeds that are especially active during the early spring before robust turfgrass growth begins. Walking past these weeds, you’d be forgiven for thinking that they are all the same but they’re not and the differences are fascinating. Common Chickweed Let’s begin with common chickweed, Stellaria media, a winter annual that is one of the world’s most common plants. Wherever humans can be found, chickweed is found…
Date: April 24, 2017
Lawn Mowing Height
My job takes me all over New England and New York working with our Route Managers training them in all aspects of turfgrass management. With all of the ‘windshield time’ I see some crazy stuff. When it comes to crazy stuff on home lawns, I have amassed a collection of photographs that runs into the thousands of the torture that people inflict upon their turfgrass. Crabgrass & Mowing your Lawn When it comes to crabgrass, there’s something special about the way it grows in our Albany, New…
Date: April 20, 2017
Chich Bug
Insect pests play a big role in the overall health of our lawns. If we want to gaze into the future to see what kind of insect activity we will be seeing this coming summer, we should actually look backwards to see what happened last year. Past is prologue, after all. I spent some time at our Boston North branch this past week and while driving around I could not help but notice that last summer’s drought took a heavy toll. One lawn after another was dead, not enjoying winter dormancy but dead…
Date: April 4, 2017
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Preemergent crabgrass next to grass seed
The topic for today’s Lawn Dawg Blog is “do-it-yourself versus a lawn care company” wherein I was supposed to compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of caring for your lawn the old fashioned way. So, as is my wont, I began by researching the subject at hand. In this case, I went undercover visiting a couple of hardware stores. This means that I took my wife’s car instead of my Lawn Dawg pickup truck and wearing nothing having a Lawn Dawg logo embroidered on it. A pair of Ray Ban…
Date: April 4, 2017
Soil Testing for Grass
There are so many wonderful things about living in New England and New York – the weather, the ocean, the mountains, the foliage – almost too many to list. One thing that we are not blessed with however is good soil in which to grow grass. At least most of us aren’t. Sure, there are places where topsoil is plentiful but most of us are growing grass in soils that have been home to forests since the last ice age. Of course acidic soils that are full or rocks and have little organic matter are…
Date: April 3, 2017
Crabgrass
Learn about these four common weeds found in the Northeast: Crabgrass, Spotted Spurge, Yellow Nutsedge, and Yellow Woodsorrel. About Crabgrass Causes of Crabgrass Of course, this is our old friend, crabgrass. When we see crabgrass in a lawn that has been treated with a preemergent control, all things being equal, we can usually find a secondary cause for its presence. For instance, in the photograph below, the crabgrass is growing adjacent to an asphalt driveway. Why is that significant?…
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…