Ask the Lawn Care Expert

Lawn Diseases: Caring for Warm Season Grasses Like Centipede Grass

Warm Season Grasses

I recently attended the South Carolina Landscape and Turfgrass Association annual conference and tradeshow in Columbia, SC for the second year now. Since I’ve lived most of my life in northern Illinois, I always welcome the chance to learn more about warm-season grasses, and this show provides some appreciated insight. Warm Season Lawn Disease: Centipede Decline One of the presentations I attended was about warm-season grass disease. Centipede grass is grown in many home lawns throughout the South and requires less fertilizer than many other warm-season grasses—it’s also prone to […]

Learn More »

How to Get Rid of Monkey Grass

The following question came in to our Ask the Expert blog, where lawn care authority and Spring-Green franchisee trainer Harold Enger fields a variety of questions. This particular individual wanted to know one thing: how to get rid of monkey grass. “I have a lot of monkey grass in my yard; do you recommend mowing to cut it back or do you recommend a trimmer? Thanks” “Mr. Morris, Thank you for submitting your question. I am not sure if you are looking to control and remove your Liriope (monkey grass) […]

Learn More »

Lawn Care Tips for the Pros: Go Inside Spring-Green Lawn Care Training

Training for the lawn care pros

Every year for about the last 15 years or so, I have geared up to conduct 17 training sessions at regional locations across the US, offering lawn care tips and working with the field staff as they get ready for another year of servicing your lawns. It may be snowing in northern Illinois, but weeds are growing in the south and customers expect us to take care of them. I will be starting my lawn care training sessions in North and South Carolina, before moving on across the south to […]

Learn More »

Bird Feeding 101: Using the Right Bird Seed and More

bird feeders

Let’s talk about birds; I love them and I’m passionate about feeding them. For years, I’ve put out bird feeders and have done my best to keep them filled, especially in the winter months. In the past, I’ve always purchased a premium bird seed, but I started to wonder if the mix I was purchasing was really the best for the birds that visit my feeders. I started to notice that I end up with quite a bit of seed on the ground each year. So, I asked myself, “Am […]

Learn More »

Will There Be Freeze Damage to Your Lawn This Winter?

fall lawn care tips

Answering whether or not there will be freeze damage to your lawn this winter is almost impossible, since there are a few things to understand about how turf adjusts to freezing temperatures first. If your lawn has had a chance to become acclimated to the cold through a period often referred to as the “hardening-off” process, it has a much greater chance of surviving freezing temperatures. If the freeze occurs very quickly without giving the turf time to adjust, there is a greater chance that your lawn will suffer freeze […]

Learn More »

How to Plan a Garden: Garden Design Tricks and Tips

Spring-Green Tips for Planning a Garden

Planting season for 2015 has started, sort of. It may seem strange to begin thinking about planting at this time of year, especially when the high temperature today won’t even reach the freezing mark, but this is the time to do so. Besides (if you live in the northern states), there really isn’t much else to do at this time of year besides going shopping, watching sports on TV, and eating leftover Christmas cookies and candy. So let’s think about how to plan a garden instead. One of the difficulties […]

Learn More »

Deer Deterrents: How to Stop Deer from Eating Your Plants

prevent deer damage

Imagine it has been your lifelong dream; a house in the country away from all the hustle and bustle of the city. A place where the air is clean, the soil is fertile, and where ”the deer and the antelope play”. It may be great to live in a forested area, but when it comes to planting flowers, shrubs, and all the other plants to beautify your home, you may not be thinking about the feeding habits of the forest creatures… namely deer. Why Are There Deer Everywhere? It is […]

Learn More »

Spring-Green Volunteers at the Northern Illinois Food Bank

Spring-Green employees volunteer at Northern Illinois Food Bank

On December 15th and 17th, ten of us from the Spring-Green Support Center traveled to the Northern Illinois Food Bank in Geneva, IL to help sort food for those in need throughout 13 counties in northern Illinois. More than 425,000 people each year rely on the food that the food bank supplies, and they currently provide over 50 million meals per year. The Northern Illinois Food Bank began in 1983 and has now grown to four separate facilities that provide food to over 800 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and […]

Learn More »

Salt on Grass and Plants: How to Prevent Salt Damage to Your Landscape

how to help prevent salt damage

To put it simply, the best way to prevent salt damage to your lawn and landscape is to not use it. Unfortunately, that is not always an option, and you can sometimes find yourself with salt on your grass and plants. There are products out there that claim not to damage grass or plants (like calcium chloride or magnesium chloride), but if you use too much, it can still cause damage. In reality, most people end up using plain old rock salt since it is generally cheaper to use. Some […]

Learn More »

5 Gift Ideas for Gardeners and Lawn Lovers This Holiday

5 gifts for lawn lovers

The season of giving is upon us. It’s the time of year that we spend hours combing through online shops and visiting our favorite superstores to find the perfect gifts for our loved ones. But what do you get that gardener or lawn-lover on your list? I can assure you that I have collected a number of items over the years that have filled my garage to its capacity, but I still enjoy receiving a unique lawn accessory as a gift. Here are a few not-so-common gift ideas for the […]

Learn More »