Lawn Problems

Date: August 4, 2017
Perfect Lawn in Fall
There are many important pieces to achieving the perfect lawn. Some of them are simple, while others may require a little more effort. Here are the top seven ways to a perfect lawn. Follow these steps and you are sure to achieve a beautiful lawn you can be proud of. 1) Test your Soil When you’re dealing with home lawns, the biggest problem of them all is the soil that you’re trying to grow grass in. It is much more accurately called backfill than it is soil. No matter, you can grow grass in…
Date: July 31, 2017
Milky Spore Grubs
What is Milky Spore Disease? Milky spore disease of Japanese beetle grubs is caused by a naturally occurring soil bacterium called Paenibacillus popilliae. Grubs ingest the bacterium, which multiplies within the insect causing their color to change to a milky white, hence the name. Infected grubs die of the milky spore disease and release inoculum back into the soil recycling it for infection of future generations of grubs. Milky Spore Only Affects Grubs of Japanese Beetles Milky spore…
Date: July 25, 2017
Lawn Bare Spot from Chinch Bugs
Two key factors in determining the quality of a lawn is to assess overall density and uniformity; these factors explain why sod is so visually appealing and why golf course turf is considered to be among the finest grown. When voids develop in an otherwise healthy stand of grass, we naturally want to prevent them from growing larger and want to repair the damage as soon as possible. But before we can do that we need to shine some light on why these lawn bare spots occur in the first place. So…
Date: June 30, 2017
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Chich Bug
First, how do you pronounce "chinch bug"? The “ch” in chinch bug is pronounced like the “ch” in church, not “sin” as in cinch. Not a huge deal, but you do want to sound as though you know what you’re talking about. What are chinch bugs? A native insect here in North America, chinch bugs are pests of grasses of all kinds, from turfgrass to corn to wheat. Formerly a significant pest of agricultural crops, the introduction of soybean to the rotation of crops has significantly lessened its…
Date: June 6, 2017
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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: 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…
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 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…