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Extreme Heat Stress

Author: lawndawg | Date: Jul 29, 2015 | Category: Lawn Care, Lawn Problems

The dog dawg days of August are upon us a little early this year with temperatures headed into the high 90-degree range with oppressive humidity later this week.

When temperatures get this high, lawns really do not like it too much. There are two different stresses that turfgrass plants endure in weather like this. They can occur together or separately.

Beetles, Grubs and Grub Controls

Author: lawndawg | Date: Jul 10, 2015 | Category: Lawn Problems, Lawn Care

If it’s July, it must be beetle season. So far this summer I’ve seen a couple of ground beetles (no big deal), a handful of oriental beetles in the skimmer basket of my pool (no big deal), and a few Japanese beetles resting on a magnolia (potentially a big deal).Japanese Beetle

Crabgrass...

Author: lawndawg | Date: Jun 2, 2015 | Category: Lawn Problems, Lawn Care

crabgrass

Crabgrass as it appears this morning along my driveway.  Some white clover can be seen growing as well.

Do I Need All Of These Applications?

Author: lawndawg | Date: Apr 29, 2015 | Category: Lawn Care

Quite often we field questions from customers as to how many applications are performed on an annual basis and whether or not so many are required. Lawn care programs have a method in their madness that has developed over the past half century of experience and it would be helpful to go over the theory behind them.

A Sum Of Its Parts.

Fertilizer spreader

What’s Wrong With My Lawn?

Author: lawndawg | Date: Apr 23, 2015 | Category: Lawn Problems, Lawn Care

We just emerged from a brutal winter and if turfgrasses could talk I think they would agree.  I’ve had a chance to take a look at my own lawn as well as lawns from Portland, Maine to Rochester, New York in my travels in the past couple of weeks.  What are we seeing?  Let’s take a look.

It’s Brown! It’s Really Brown!

The Early Spring Lawn Care Treatment

Author: lawndawg | Date: Apr 13, 2015 | Category: Lawn Care, Lawn Dawg

Spring is upon us, finally, and our lawns are slowly beginning to wake up from their long winter’s nap.  There’s a lot going on out there and there are plenty of questions.  Let’s tackle a couple of them:

Q: The forsythia is blooming and if you don’t put the crabgrass control down right now I’ll be surrounded with crabgrass this summer!

A: Not exactly.  There are many things to consider here, so lets list them out.

Mowing as Art

Author: lawndawg | Date: Apr 13, 2015 | Category: Lawn Care

This past weekend if you spent any time in front of the television watching sports you probably marveled at how turfgrass managers are able to produce nearly perfect conditions.  The Augusta National Golf Club and Yankee Stadium, the two venues that were on my TV this weekend certainly are among the best examples to be found.  But how do they accomplish this feat, and can a homeowner do it too?

Sure, there really isn’t a secret; it’s just a matter of knowing a few simple tricks of the trade.

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