All good lawn care is done with your nose in the dirt. You can’t see everything from six feet up.
One of the really cool things about being in the lawn care business is that you always have something to talk about at parties. Meet someone new? Think you don’t have something in common? Lawns! You can always talk about lawns! I have actually been down on my hands and knees with my nose in the thatch looking for chinch bugs on a lawn belonging to my host that I had only met minutes before (much to my wife’s horror).
Part of my job as the agronomist for Lawn Dawg is not unlike those unfortunate radiologists that sit in dark rooms looking at x-rays and CAT scans in big medical centers. Customers and Lawn Specialists send me a constant stream of photographs of lawns that are in trouble in some way. “Bob, what is that?” they’ll exclaim. And usually I’ll be looking at some wild and wholly expression of Mother Nature at her colorful best. Almost all of these inquiries deal with turfgrass diseases of one kind or another, but it’s a lot more intriguing than you might at first think.
This lawn suffers from an infestation of surface insects, heat stress, drought stress and a broken irrigation system. Can you tell which areas suffer from which ailments?
If you are a new homeowner making your list of things to buy, you shouldn’t forget the all-important lawn care tools. While many homeowners hire lawn care and landscape companies to help manage tasks, there are still tools every homeowner should have on hand for the tasks they handle themselves.
Here is a list of 8 essential lawn care tools.
A moist, green splotch in the middle of an otherwise dry, brown lawn? I think something’s wrong here, but what?
There are many tasks that must be completed before a new dog enters your life. One task you can’t forget is to make sure your yard is safe and secure. Your yard needs to be a safe environment where your dog can’t harm themselves or escape.
Here are some helpful tips for dog-proofing your yard.
Weeds are frustrating and irritating, some more than others. Learn about the toughest and hardest to control weeds, including nutsedge, ground ivy, and crabgrass.
I’ve always been amazed that the more you look beneath the quiet surface of a lawn the more interesting the whole organic system becomes. This was evident when I did some landscaping around my house a couple of weekends ago. An area that was formerly just weeds and bare soil was transformed into a pleasant oasis with some shrubbery, flowers, mulch and some sod.