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The Spring-Green blog is your go-to resource for up-to-date, expert content, created and curated by our in-house professionals. Here you can find seasonal tips, myths and misconceptions, and answers to all your common lawn care questions. We also feature queries that come in from our readers, answered by Harold Enger, the Director of Education at Spring-Green.

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Safely Remove Holiday Lights

Take Care When Removing Holiday Lights Many people put up lights and other decorations on their landscape plants for the Holidays.  It is amazing how extensive some designs become as homeowners do their best Griswold impersonations.  Not many people get as ambitious as Clark Griswold did in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation movie, although some give him a run for his money.  Of course, there are usually a few Charlie Brown decorating jobs as well. Regardless of the extent of your Holiday display, care must be taken when removing strings of […]

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Mushrooms Growing On Trees

Mushrooms growing from the base of a tree or the main trunk or branches are usually cause for concern.  Many of these mushrooms, which are actually fungi, can cause the wood in the center of the tree to rot and decay.  This decay process can occur in a few months or in some cases, several years.  This reduces the overall strength of the tree and it can lead to limbs breaking off during windy periods or entire trees to fall during storms. Decay is often not visible from the outside […]

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Fairy Rings

Fairy Rings If you notice mushrooms growing in your lawn is a circle or an arc, you may be seeing signs of a disease known as Fairy Ring.  Mushrooms are not the only indicator of Fairy Ring activity.  Often times you may see a circle or arc of brighter green grass that range in diameter from 2 to 15 feet.  Sometimes the rings may result in grass that appears dead or dying.  There are about 60 different types of mushrooms that result in the development of Fairy Rings. Fairy ring […]

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Why are Mushrooms Growing in my Lawn?

Why are there mushrooms growing in my lawn? Sometimes homeowners become concerned when they see mushrooms growing in their lawns.  It is understandable, but it is usually not an indication of a disease problem.  Mushrooms are the fruiting bodies of fungi that breakdown organic material.  This could be an old root left from a tree that was removed in the past, it could be from construction material that remained in the lawn when it was back-filled or it could be a natural occurrence of the fungi that reside in the […]

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Get Your Lawn Ready For Winter (Part 2)

Getting Your Lawn Ready For Winter Part 2 Southern Areas Spring Dead Spot – In a recently released article from NCSU Turf Files, it is the time to treat for Spring Dead Spot on Bermuda and Zoysia grass.  The disease is currently active, infecting these turf grasses right now, but the results do not become apparent until next spring.  The disease infects the root systems of the plants, so it is important to immediately and thoroughly water in the disease control fungicide.  There are numerous fungicides labeled to control Spring Dead Spot.  NCSU […]

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Get Your Lawn Ready For Winter (Part 1)

What You Need To Do To Get Your Lawn Ready For Winter Northern Areas Aerate your lawn – Fall is the time when a lawn naturally repairs itself from the ravages of summer stresses.  You can help this along by aerating your lawn to open up your lawn to allow more air, water and nutrients to reach the root zone.  Aeration will also help reduce thatch problems.  Fertilize – Lawns are beginning to store food and transferring energy downwards to build a stronger root system.  Applying a fall fertilizer will promote a […]

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European Crane Fly

European Crane Fly adults are hatching! We are getting reports that the annual hatching of the European Crane Fly adults is going on in the lawns in Seattle, Washington area.  Although they are harmless, they can cause some panic among people not familiar with the mass hatching of these bugs that resemble giant mosquitoes.  This is especially true when thousands of them congregate on the side of a house. European Crane Fly adult females mate and lay eggs in lawns within 24 hours after hatching and then die.  The eggs hatch into a worm-like […]

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Mow High For A Good Looking Lawn

Too many homeowners don’t understand the need to mow their lawn at the proper height.  How high a lawn is mowed is dependent on the grass type.  Here is a quick reference guide: Turfgrass Species Height in inches Kentucky Bluegrass 2.5 to 3 Perennial Ryegrass 2.5 to 3 Fine Fescues 2.5 to 3 Tall Fescue 2.5 to 4 Bermudagrass .75 to 2(Raise in fall before 1st frost) Centipede 1 to 1.5(Raise in fall before 1st frost) St. Augustine 2.5 to 4 Zoysiagrass Minimum – 0.75 to 2           […]

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Texas and Oklahoma Drought

Texas and Oklahoma are enduring a serious drought this year.  In fact, the drought actually started last fall and has persisted throughout 2011 with little relief.  Many areas haven’t experienced drought at this level since the Dust Bowl era of the 1920’s and 30’s.  Farmers and ranchers are faced with major crop losses and herd reductions as they deal with the abnormally low rain fall levels. What about the care of lawns in these areas?  Fortunately, most warm season grasses are adapted to low moisture levels and excessive heat.  Bermuda and Zoysia can go an entire […]

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Watering Trees and Shrubs

Spring was very wet for much of the Midwest, but now we have entered into a hot, dry spell, which is not that unusual for summer.  All that rain this past spring allowed trees and shrubs to grow well and produce lots of leaves.  Now that the rain has stopped and the heat has increased, many plants are dropping leaves.  This could be the result of the recent hot and dry weather. If the leaves on your plants are drooping, it usually means that they are in need of water.  The best way to […]

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