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How to Avoid Green Slimy Ooze From Growing On Your Lawn.

Nostoc Algae

What is this Green Slimy Ooze? During the last couple of years, I’ve received several questions about a strange green slimy ooze growing in lawns. So after doing some research, I learned that it is a type of cyanobacterium, formerly called blue-green algae. This green slimy ooze has been called many colorful names over the years, including witches, butter and star jelly, which is based on the belief that the ooze was indeed the remnants of shooting stars. Why do I have it? Nostoc Algae will occasionally appear after excessive rain falls […]

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Our People Make Spring-Green The Best Lawn Care Company

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One of the highlights of my year is when I take to the road and conduct 16 Professional Development Seminars in 16 regional locations across the US. I will visit South and North Carolina, Virginia, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Washington, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota. The best part of traveling is having the opportunity to train so many great people that work at Spring-Green. I try to vary the topics every year and start off with presentations on sales and customer service. These presentations include a great deal of group discussions on […]

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A Brown Lawn Is Not Always a Bad Thing

Good/bad lawn

One of our Field Service Professionals, Brandon Ward, from the Opelika, AL area likes to send me pictures of great lawns and landscapes as well as those that could afford some improvements.  He recently sent me an e-mail with a picture attached and wrote, “I call this a pre-emergent success. It’s one of the biggest residential properties we have, and it is spotless at the moment.” I was at a loss for why he would consider this lawn a success since the entire thing was brown.  Then I remembered that […]

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7 Landscaping Mistakes That You Shouldn’t Fall For!

extreme garden

Everyone is after a more beautiful lawn each year, so why not avoid simple mistakes that many make and help your lawn to become the envy of the neighborhood. Here are 7 typical landscaping mistakes to avoid this year. Not watering plants – as winter is upon us make sure that you don’t forget to water. Depending on the region in which you live, watering cannot be completely ignored. Fruit trees, hedges, shrubs and your lawn all need to be watered. Lack of watering will result in dehydration and /or […]

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Helpful Hints for Choosing New Plants This Spring

Spring planting

They’re Here! The New Plant Catalogs Are Here! When I am traveling and visiting franchise owners I tend to get a little jealous regarding the plants that are growing around the country especially those owners who live in warmer climates. I recently was in the Seattle, WA area and saw pansies for sale at a home improvement store. I wanted to buy some so I could take them back with me, but realized that the high temperature was only going to be about 4 degrees when I got home. So […]

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Should You Be Concerned About Shot Weeds?


If there is one thing that I will never get tired of it’s finding out about new weeds. As I mentioned in an earlier blog post this year, there are an estimated 8,000 species of plants that are considered weeds. The word weed is defined as a “plant growing out of place.” Based on that definition, just about any plant could actually be considered a weed. I recently came back from visiting our newest Franchise Owner, in Silverdale, WA. It seems whenever that happens I always find some new weed […]

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6 Helpful Dos and Don’ts for Taking Care of Your Lawn This Winter.

Yard covered in snow

It’s that time of year again, time to take care of snow removal and ice coated walkways. Winter is a time that we tend to forget about our lawn, especially since the ground is usually covered in snow or frost and the temperatures are a lot colder. Unfortunately this is not a time to just sit back and forget all about lawn care, save yourself some trouble when spring returns by taking a few extra precautions. 6 dos and don’ts that will assist you and your lawn this winter season: […]

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What Causes A Lawn Disease To Develop?

Hand on Green Grass

In order for a lawn disease to develop, three conditions – known as the Disease Triangle – must exist. 1. You need to have the pathogen or disease-causing agent present. Disease spores from the diseases that are common to the area can be found in most home lawns. They usually float in on wind currents, wash in during rain events or are transmitted by animals or people. 2. You need the host plant, which is your turf grass (or tree or shrub). Usually the plant needs to be actively growing […]

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The Dos and Don’ts of Winter Indoor Gardening | 6 Tips to Get You Started

Winter Gardening

Just because its winter, doesn’t mean your green thumb has to disappear! To help celebrate Houseplant Appreciation Day this week, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to give you some great tips on how to best bring the beautiful outdoors, inside this winter! Many plants can survive both indoors and outdoors, so why not enjoy them all year long? Some of these various plants include vegetables, herbs, fruits, and even some decorative plants. By taking advantage of planting this winter, you too can enjoy the many benefits that […]

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Post-Holiday Tips, Clean-Up has Never Been So Easy

Christmas Chaos

After all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, sadly they have come to an end and it’s time to begin the clean-up process. Decorations need to be put back into storage, leftovers need to be eaten (or moved far away, depending on how tight your pants feel post-eggnog), the tree has to be packed away or disposed of, and finally the outdoor Christmas lights have to come down. Feeling overwhelmed? Don’t! We have some easy step-by-step tips to making this year’s holiday tear down go smoothly and as painless […]

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