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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...

Weeds

The most common definition of a weed is a plant that is out of place. Most weeds compete all too well with turfgrass for water, nutrients, and light. They often grow faster than the desirable grass and spread quickly. Proper control of weeds is a must to achieve a...

Thatch Development and Control in Home Lawns

Image by Izhamwong - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25815320 Thatch is a tightly interwoven layer of living and dead grass stems and roots lying between the soil surface and green grass leaves in established lawns. Thatch...

Snow and Ice

There are a number of ways adverse winter weather can hurt your lawn and landscape. They range from shrubs along the drive burned from the exhaust of a car warming up to diseases in the turf that can become active during Winter. Here are three ways your lawn can be...

Rough Bluegrass and Canadian Bluegrass

Image by Rasbak - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=138143 Rough Bluegrass Rough bluegrass (Poa trivialis) and Canadian bluegrass (Poa compressa) are perennial grasses that prefer cool, wet conditions and are considered invasive...

Root and Foliar Diseases and Treatments

Image by Bevegelsesmengde - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=10712563 Root Diseases Root diseases can greatly harm lawns, but cultural practices that enhance root growth (such as core aeration, improved drainage, and higher mower...

Moles

Biology & Ecology Moles are small mammals that spend most of their lives underground. If it were not for their tunnels and mounds of pushed-up earth, they would go unnoticed. A typical mole population density is two per acre. Moles often make their tunnels when...

Microstegium

Biology Microstegium (also known as jewgrass) is a summer annual grass native to Asia. It was used as packing material for porcelain from China and this may have been how it was introduced into the U.S. It was first discovered in the United States in Tennessee in...

Lawn Disease

Diseases play a major role in determining the success or failure of quality turf grass in Northern Virginia. Generally, the nicest, thickest, and most uniform lawns are the most susceptible to the spread of unsightly disease problems. Early recognition and proper...

Integrated Pest Management

Integrated pest management (IPM) combines appropriate pest-control tactics (biological, cultural and chemical controls) into a single strategy to reduce pests and their damage to an acceptable level. IPM offers the possibility of improving your lawn while minimizing...

Insects

Active insect pest infestations on managed turfgrass sites pose a persistent and difficult challenge to professional turf managers and homeowners alike. Successful management strategies combine a thorough working knowledge of the environment and the biology of the...

Controlling Lawn Disease

Northern Virginia is known for hot, humid summers. In addition to the problems of drought and heat stress, the weather creates prime conditions for the spread of lawn disease. The pathogens that cause lawn disease are everywhere. Whether they become active and cause...

Bermudagrass

Bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon) is grown as a turfgrass throughout the South, but is considered an invasive grassy weed in Northern Virginia, where it turns a straw color at first frost and remains dormant until late spring.  It was introduced from Africa (not...

Beetles and Grubs

The larvae of several beetle species, commonly known as white grubs, are major pests of turfgrass throughout much of the U.S. (Japanese beetle, Oriental beetle, Masked chafers, European chafer, and the June beetle). Grubs reside just below the soil surface and prefer...

Annual Bluegrass

Image by Rasbak - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=95915 Annual bluegrass (Poa annua) is an annual grassy weed with over 200 varieties and is found in most Northern Virginia lawns and gardens. While it originated in Europe,...

Algae and Mosses

Mosses and algae are primitive plants. They do not kill lawns directly. Instead, they take advantage of ideal conditions for their growth and then take over an area. This is related to factors such as too much shade, soil compaction, poor drainage, poor air...