Content tagged "lawns and turf"

Protect Your Lawn During Drought

Heat and moisture stresses placed on both cool-season and warm-season grasses will force them into a dormant stage. Just because they are brown does not mean...

How do I rid a lawn of moles?

Gardens & Landscapes Wildlife Damage Management Updated: September 24, 2013

The most certain way to control moles is through the use of traps. All the commercial traps are effective. User error is the key reason for lack of...

Will lawn fertilizers or herbicides hurt my pet?

Updated: April 18, 2012

My lawn is probably over 30% crabgrass. There is too much of it to dig up, and we do not wish to use any pesticides. I have read some encouraging blogs on corn gluten. Is this the best method for control?

Updated: March 07, 2012

Corn gluten meal is sometimes sold as a natural herbicide because it can inhibit seed germination. Its effectiveness varies and is much lower than...

What is wrong with a lawn that has rings of dead grass; how can it be treated? I live in Colorado.

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: February 14, 2012

Necrotic ring spot, caused by the fungus Ophiosphaerella korrae, is one of several patch diseases that affect turf in the United States. For many years a...

What is the recommended cutting height that grass should be mowed?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: January 31, 2012

The two most important facets of mowing are mowing height and frequency. The minimum height for any lawn is 2 inches. The preferred mowing height for all...

What turfgrass grows best in shade in Tennessee?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: January 25, 2012

Chewings, hard, slender-creeping red, and strong-creeping red fescues have excellent shade tolerance. Unfortunately, these species are not very tolerant of...

What can I use to kill poison oak and not harm my St. Augustine lawn?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: January 22, 2012

Chemical weed killers (herbicides) offer the best and safest method of control for poison oak (Toxicodendron pubescens, Atlantic poison oak, Toxicodendron...

Does power raking discourage night crawlers or just disperse the castings?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: January 12, 2012

Power raking will level out the surface of your lawn but it will not discourage the nightcrawlers.  These organisms are part of a healthy ecosystem in your...

How should I choose a lawn service?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: January 11, 2012

One of the best ways to select a lawn service is by speaking with your neighbors about the service they use and determine if the applicator has professional...

I have lawn weeds even though I have a lawn care servic. Should I find another service?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: January 11, 2012

Even if the lawn care professional applies all of your fertilizers and pesticides properly, you may still have the occasional weed, pest, or bare spot....

What is a recommended cover grass for a septic field? I live in Texas.

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: January 11, 2012

Fescue grasses in central Texas aren't really a good choice in that they cannot take the extreme heat of our summers. Any of the turfgrasses that are...

Do lawns really need to be watered?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: January 11, 2012

To maintain a top-quality lawn, supplemental irrigation is almost always required during hot, dry periods. Some grasses can enter a state known as summer...

When does crabgrass germinate?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: January 11, 2012

Crabgrass begins to germinate when soil temperatures reach 55 to 60 degrees F in the spring.

What should I use to control white grubs in my lawn? When do I apply it?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: January 05, 2012

This information is specific to Ohio and may nor may not be applicable to your area. Grubs can be very damaging to lawns if the population is high, but there...

Can irrigating a lawn damage woody and herbaceous ornamentals?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: January 05, 2012

Diseases such as phytophthora root rot and pythium can be encouraged by over watering. Plants such as Taxus, junipers, azaleas, rhododendrons, Japanese...

Can watering increase lawn weed problems?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: January 05, 2012

The best defense against weeds is to maintain dense, healthy turf, and proper lawn irrigation is often necessary. However, some weeds, such as yellow...

Can I leave the grass clippings on the lawn?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: January 05, 2012

Returning clippings to a lawn has been shown to reduce the needs for maintenance. Clippings do not contribute to thatch buildup, and leaving the clippings...

How do I save water in watering my lawn?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: November 28, 2011

The most efficient watering system for a lawn is to water it only when necessary. Check the amount of moisture in the soil about three inches under the...

What is the best time to fertilize my lawn? I live in Colorado.

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: November 28, 2011

Fall is the best time of year to fertilize Colorado's bluegrass lawns. Promotions about "lawn winterization" may sound mysterious, but there's nothing...

What is causing straw colored patches in my lawn? I live in Colorado.

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: November 28, 2011

In Colorado, turf with typical patch disease symptoms usually is infected by the fungus Ophiosphaerella korrae, the cause of necrotic ring spot (NRS). For...

What kind of grass would do well in high-salt soil? I live in Colorado.

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: November 28, 2011

If the soil is salty, select grasses for infrequently mowed, fertilized and irrigated areas on the basis of salt tolerance. Wheatgrasses (tall, western and...

Could leaf and plant litter on the ground be harboring fleas?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: November 25, 2011

Yes. According to a Clemson University Cooperative Extension entomology fact sheet: Flea larvae avoid light, burrowing into carpets, cracks, or if outdoors,...

Will zoysiagrass grow and perform well in Minnesota? Is there a similar low-maintenance grass that will grow in Minnesota?

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: November 20, 2011

Your question is a frequent one. To put it simply, zoysia is not the ideal low-maintenance grass in Minnesota. Zoysia is a warm-season grass and does not...

What can I do to prevent pink snow mold. Our lawn gets a lot of it.

Gardens & Landscapes Updated: November 20, 2011

Snow mold (Microdochium nivale) is seen when the snow melts in the spring. Diseased grass is covered with white, pink, or dirty-gray mycelium (threadlike...

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