Date: June 20, 2017
Glass of water
The question of water quality and lawn care products tends to be a touchy one with strong emotions driving the argument. What gets lost in the discussion is a wealth of science that has accumulated showing the incredible ability of your lawn to enhance the environment. The pesticides that are used in lawn care are also used in production agriculture. The broadleaf weed controls that are used for dandelions and clover in your lawn also control weeds in crops like corn and wheat. Herbicides…
Date: June 12, 2017
Relaxing lawn
Today’s blog topic is the cost of DIY lawn care versus hiring a lawn care company. So, when tasked with such an assignment, I get out paper and pen and calculator and set to replicating what it would cost for Joe Homeowner to drive down to the Big Box hardware store and buy enough of the big-name national brand fertilizer and pest control product to service a 5,000 square foot lawn. That’s not too big; it’s about the size of a lawn in a crowded suburban neighborhood. Once I had finished all…
Date: June 9, 2017
The Perfect Lawn
And there it was, the perfect lawn. It was perfect in every respect: color, uniformity, vigor. It was an acre and a half of flawless turfgrass, not a weed to be found, not a blemish or bare spot. You could have brought in a sod harvesting machine and sold every single square foot of it at a premium price. The reason that it was in such great condition was the quality of the soil. This lawn was growing in the rich farmland of the Finger Lakes region of New York. Unfortunately, most of us…
Date: June 6, 2017
White Grub in Soil
What are white grubs? “White grub” is a catchall phrase describing the larval stage of a number of beetles that are found in the soil beneath lawns. Among the species of beetles that are of importance to us in home lawn in the northeast United States are the European Chafer, the Japanese Beetles, the Oriental Beetle, the Masked Chafer and the Asiatic Garden Beetle. These species of beetles have an annual life cycle, meaning that they travel from egg to adult in the course of one calendar…
Date: June 2, 2017
Weed killer near garden
Can I treat my lawn if I have a garden? Great question, one that our Customer Service team fields quite a few times a year. Folks love to plant vegetables and herbs in their gardens because they taste so much better than store bought. I don’t have a vegetable garden myself but back at the old homestead, my sister and brother-in-law have tended a garden for quite a number of years. Biggest problem they face is that the deer think the vegetables taste pretty good, too. When it comes to gardens…
Date: May 31, 2017
Soil Testing for Grass
A soil test is a tool to evaluate the supply of nutrients in the soil that are available to the turfgrass plants. This test provides a snapshot in time as to soil chemistry; forces of nature are constantly at work changing the amounts of each nutrient. This is why we retest soils on a three-year cycle. Unfortunately, soil test reports can be confusing. The purpose of this article is to explain the various data points found on a soil test report. Soil Test Overview Lawns require certain…
Date: May 24, 2017
Perfect Lawn
As Close As I Ever Got To Medical School One of my favorite lawn care stories… Ready? Many years ago, one of my customers was a professor at the really famous medical school in Boston. His lawn could not have been more than a thousand square feet and should have taken me all of five minutes to complete. Never happened that way, as the good doctor and I would strike up conversations that often lasted more than an hour. He was a fascinating gentleman who I miss tremendously. One day, I got a…
Date: May 17, 2017
Organic Fertilizing
You’d likely assume that because I am in the professional lawn care industry that I would immediately be dismissive of organic lawn care products. I am not. In my career, I have applied hundreds of tons of organic fertilizers to golf courses and sports fields and I have yet to find an organic fertilizer that I have disliked. They all have their pluses and minuses, certainly. However, it is very challenging to bring a truly organic lawn care program to the market that can match the results of…
Date: May 15, 2017
Effective Crabgrass Control
Crabgrass seedlings in mid-May. I think that it’s safe to assume that everyone hates crabgrass, it’s yellow, it steals water, nutrients and light from the turfgrasses that we are trying to grow, and then it turns red just before it dies. Even when it’s dead, it’s ugly because it decomposes very slowly. Crabgrass skeleton a plant that was alive in the previous season but has yet to decompose fully. My take on it is different because I’m fascinated by weeds (Weird, I know…), how they are…
Date: May 11, 2017
Lawn Rolling
Probably the best part of my job as Agronomist here at Lawn Dawg is visiting our branch offices and working with our Route Managers in the field. It’s a great opportunity to train with our people, but it also keeps me up to date on what’s going on in the lawn care world. As you might imagine, some of the things I see make me smile while other times I cringe, wondering to myself “What are they thinking?” Back in turf school, the professors constantly stressed the importance of good soil…