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Answers to the Top 4 Questions Everyone Is Asking about Fall Mums

fall mums

Chrysanthemums, more commonly referred to as Mums, are a top choice for the fall garden. Fall Mums are a go-to way to add zest to the garden as summer draws to close because of their beauty and hardiness. However, there are a few tricks of the trade to keep these stunners making a splash in your garden even when your more delicate summer flowers are beginning to fade away. Confusion about how to plant Fall Mums doesn’t have to scare you away from your garden goals – especially since now […]

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Do It Yourself (DIY) Pest Control vs Hiring a Professional

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When it comes to common insects in and around your home such as spiders, ants and even roaches, many people are bypassing the pest control professionals and are attempting to do things on their own. Applying your own pest control products may seem easy, but there is a lot more to it. The first step in controlling any pest problem in your home is correct identification. A complete life cycle has four stages – egg, larva, pupa and adult. An incomplete life cycle has three life stages – egg, nymph […]

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22nd Year Spring-Green Lawn Care Joins Renewal and Remembrance

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For the 22nd year in a row, the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) held their annual Renewal and Remembrance service project at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA on Monday, July 16, 2018. There were over 400 Green Industry Professionals from across the US that worked together to honor the 400,000 of America’s military veterans and their spouses buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Spring-Green has participated every year since 1996. Renewal & Remembrance first began in 1996 with only 50 volunteers and has grown significantly to become one of […]

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Large Patch & Take-All Root Rot: Warm Season Grasses Patch Lawn Diseases

Large Patch in Alabama

Summertime is for baseball games, playing in the park, taking bike rides and enjoying picnics with friends and families. It’s also the time for patch lawn diseases to become more noticeable in yards. The patch diseases that can affect warm season grasses such as Bermuda, St. Augustine, Centipede and Zoysia, and affect much of the South and South East lawns include: Large Patch and Take-all Root Rot. These lawn diseases are present in the United States where weather is hot and humid. Although it may be too late to prevent […]

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Leaf Spot Lawn Disease On Cool and Warm Season Grasses

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There are many different diseases that turfgrasses can contract, but not all turfgrasses get the same diseases, except for one. That disease is called Leaf Spot. There are several different pathogens that cause leaf spot diseases that includes Helminthosporium, Drechslera and Bipolaris. They all belong to a large family of fungi that share the same descriptive name of leaf spots. The Symptoms and Stages of Leaf Spot For the most part, the infectious stage of leaf spot fungi occurs during the cool, wet and cloudy weather of spring or fall. […]

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Lime On Lawn: Does Your Grass Need Lime Treatment?

lime on lawn

You may have heard one of your parents or grandparents or the gardener down the street who has the best looking flowers and lawn say, “You got to add lime to sweeten the soil!” In many cases that is true, but not for every lawn or landscape. It’s important to determine the pH of the soil before adding any amendments to the lawn. pH levels that are below a scale of 6.5 are considered acidic while pH levels that are above a scale of 7.0 are considered alkaline. Neutral pH […]

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Do It Yourself Lawn Care Worth It? Factors To Keep in Mind For the DIY Landscaper

It’s safe to state that spring has finally arrived through much of the United States. The temperatures are on the rise, lawns are waking up from dormancy, trees and shrubs are leafing out and many of these plants are also producing flowers and the tulips, daffodils and other spring bulbs are blooming. It is also the time of year when advertisements for lawn care fertilizers and other control products are seen in the mail, newspapers and online. If you use a professional lawn care service like Spring-Green to care for […]

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Has Spring Finally Sprung? Tips For Your Lawn This Spring Season!

spring season lawn tips

Spring has taken its sweet time to arrive for most of the U.S. So far, this April has been the coldest on record for the Chicagoland area in the last 130 years. If you live in the more northern states like Minnesota, Wisconsin or Michigan, you may be thinking that spring may never arrive since these areas have received up to two feet of snow in the middle of April. Receiving some snow in April is not uncommon for these folks, but two feet is a little much, even for […]

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What Makes A Plant A Weed? Characteristics of Weeds and What They Are

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There are approximately 250,000 species of plants throughout the world and it is estimated that about 8,000 or so of these species can be considered a weed. Per the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA), there are about 312 common weeds that can be found in the U.S. Take a look at the common weeds and their weed identification information. It is interesting to look through the list to see what plants are considered weeds, but can also be considered desired plants, such as birch, spruce and yews. What Makes […]

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Winter Turf Damage: Cold Temperatures Affected Southern Lawns

Winter Grass Damage

Blog Post Provided From Roland Freund, Spring-Green Franchise Owner of Spring, Texas This past winter will be remembered as an unusually cold one in the South region, and landscapes are now telling the story. Homeowners are busy trying to replace dead plants and repair lawn areas. Since Eastern Redbuds are blooming, there is a very good chance the freezing cold weather is behind us. Lawn Care companies and the Extension Offices have been inundated with phone calls regarding dead areas in lawns. Everyone is quick to blame someone, but the […]

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