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Get Smart with your Sprinkler System

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July is Smart Irrigation Month Did you know that July is Smart Irrigation Month? The Irrigation Association dedicated this month to smart practices for your sprinkler system, which makes sense since July tends to be the hottest month of the year due to scorching temperatures and high humidity. The initiative was started in 2005, focusing on providing consumers information on the value of water as well as increase awareness in water saving products, practices and services. Using water wisely and being efficient when watering, starts with have a properly working […]

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Controlling and Getting Rid of Grubs in the Lawn

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If you had a problem with grubs in your lawn last year, this is the time to apply a preventative grub control treatment to keep them from becoming a problem again this year. Waiting until activity is seen to start getting rid of the grubs in your lawn could mean you need a major lawn overhaul. In some cases, it is not as much from the grubs feeding on the root system of your lawn, but from raccoons, skunks, armadillos, or other foraging animals digging through your lawn, looking for […]

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Watering Trees and Shrubs: How to Care for Landscape Plants

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For much of the country, it has been very wet as of late. However, as summer begins, the likelihood of a prolonged dry spell seems probable. The recent rain has allowed trees and shrubs to grow well and produce lots of leaves. If the rain stops for an extended period of time, some plants may drop some of the extra leaves as the plants adjust to the drier weather. Depending on the extent of the dry weather, a few leaves dropping should not be too concerning. Keep an eye open […]

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How Grass Grows: Seed Heads, Flowers and Fertilizer

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I recently attend a training class on identifying grasses and grassy weeds led by Dr. Tom Voigt, Associate Professor and Extension Turfgrass Specialist from the University of Illinois. Even though I knew all the grasses and how to go about identifying them, I am usually always able to learn something new at these events—in this case, I took away valuable information on grass seed heads and flowers, as well as how grass grows. Flowering and Seed Heads All grasses produce flowers and a seed head. If you live in cool-season […]

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Smart Sprinkler Systems: Upgrade Today to Save Money and Water

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Saving water should be everyone’s concern. Water is a limited resource and its availability is becoming a greater concern every year. Unfortunately, as homeowners, we don’t think about water usage as frequently as we should. We turn on the faucet and water comes out, we turn on our garden hose or sprinkler system and water our lawns and landscapes without hesitation – Everything is good! Being smart about how much water we use is going to become a greater issue in the future. This is especially true when it comes […]

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How to Control Mosquitoes by Reducing Standing Water

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American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) has designated June 21 to June 27, 2015 as National Mosquito Control Awareness Week. The AMCA is an international organization of nearly 2,000 public health professionals who are dedicated to protecting the public’s health and well-being through safe, environmentally sound mosquito control programs since 1935. The topic of how to control mosquitoes is always a popular one when summer arrives. Several municipalities have mosquito control spraying programs to help reduce mosquito populations within their boundaries. In the summer months, many homeowners contract mosquito control services […]

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Mosquitoes 101

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Mosquitoes. They are the true pests of the summer months. Always ruining our outdoor activities with their buzzing and biting, our swatting and smacking, not to mention that smelly bug spray, gross! Why are they even around? Where do they come from and how do we get rid of them? Here’s the scoop on those irritating mosquitoes: Where do mosquitoes come from? Mosquitoes have been around for about 100 million years, surpassing humans by a landslide (we’ve only been around for 200,000 years). Mosquitoes serve as food for fish, birds, […]

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Weed Identification Guide: These Weeds Are the Worst

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What are the worst weeds to have in your lawn? That is a difficult question to answer for the entire country, as certain weeds grow better in some areas than others. There are a few that seem to grow just about everywhere, so for now I’ll discuss them—and how to control them—in a brief weed identification guide. These are listed in no particular order, except being the ones I thought of first. 1. Wild Violet You either love them or hate them. It does have a pretty flower that can […]

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During a Drought, Check Your Sprinklers and Water Efficiently

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Most of us don’t think about watering our lawns in the spring; we generally rely on Mother Nature to do that for us. If you are fortunate to have an automatic sprinkler system, you may have delayed the start up process since the lawn might look good right now. Unfortunately, that is not true across the entire country. As you can see from the most recent Drought Monitor map, the west coast and some of the east coast are experiencing very dry weather. California is experiencing abnormally dry weather to […]

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When You Should Core Aerate and Reseed Your Lawn

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What Is Core Aeration? You may have heard about core aeration from a local lawn care company or have read about the procedure in gardening publications. Simply put, core aeration is a process where a machine travels across a lawn or turfgrass area and removes and then deposits plugs of soil and thatch back onto the lawn. This process opens up the lawn to provide more air, water, and nutrients to the root system of the turf. This process will help to produce a healthier lawn. It is recommended that […]

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