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Bare Spots in the Lawn

It’s really upsetting to see bare spots in your beautifully manicured lawn. Bare spots can be caused by a variety of factors, so it’s important to get to the root of the problem before you take action. Read below for some common bare spot causes and solutions, and...

The Pet Effect: Dogs and Your Lawn

Dogs and lush lawns don’t always coexist with each other. From patches of dead grass to bare patches caused by digging, it’s easy for your pet to take a toll on your lawn. But with improved knowledge on your part and a bit of training for your dog, your lawn can...

Top Five Reasons to Core Aerate Your Lawn

It is important to know that all core aerations are not created equal. The type of machine you use will dictate how effective the core aeration is. A good machine will pull a 2 1/2 to 3 inch long plug every 3-4 inches even when the soil is extremely compact with a...

Watering Your Lawn

Turfgrasses and other plants in your landscape need water for growth and development. In the Northern Virginia area, lawns are not watered sufficiently or at the right frequency when homeowners rely exclusively on natural rainfall to keep their lawns healthy. In most...

Properly Programming an Irrigation System

While all automatic sprinkler systems should be customized to individual lawns, there are some simple rules one should follow in order to get sufficient water to the root zone with minimal waste. There are two essential guidelines to this end: Deep, infrequent...

Mowing

Mowing is an important management factor for quality turf. Decisions that the homeowner makes about frequency, mowing height, and clippings are critical. Many lawn care problems are a result of not cutting at the proper height and not keeping lawn mower blade...

Managing Turfgrass for Root Growth

Managing turfgrass for maximum root growth is extremely important. Unfortunately, many homeowners neglect the roots of their turf. Many lawn care companies and homeowners devote their energy to the leaf alone. Applying fast-release nitrogen, not testing soil, applying...

Lime

Lime is arguably the most recognized but least understood substance applied to lawns. Many homeowners know that a certain amount of lime is needed for a healthy lawn. Few, however, realize why, when, or how much should be applied. Lime works to neutralize an acidic...

Green Up Your Turf with Iron

Nitrogen fertilization is most often associated with “greening up” a lawn, but there are times when it isn’t the best option, such as for deeply shaded grass in the summer or when there is an active “nitrogen-loving” disease present. The chlorophyll molecule in the...

Dry Granular vs Liquid Fertilizer

Dry Granular Fertilizer Slow-release granules gradually release nitrogen as temperature, moisture and microorganisms break them down. Slow-release, granular feedings create a longer-lasting, rich green color and eliminates the “surge” growth that occurs after liquid...

Core Aeration

What is Core Aeration? Core aeration is the removal of small cores of soil from a lawn. The Benefits of Aeration Core aeration helps the lawn's health and vigor, and reduces maintenance requirements by: Improving turfgrass rooting. Reducing soil compaction. Enhanced...

Caring for Grass in the Shade

Turf is a balanced system. This is why sunny areas of your lawn may respond differently to maintenance techniques than shady areas of your lawn. In other words, the turfgrass plant receiving less light will require less moisture and less fertilizer, but will need more...