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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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How Do I Control Virginia Buttonweed In My Lawn?

Virginia Buttonweed is a tough to control perennial weed found most often in home lawns in the South and Southeast. It is difficult to control due to an extensive rhizome root system, its ability to produce seeds both above and below ground and it also has the ability to reproduce from the stems that may be left behind from mowing, which can result in the plant being spread over a large area of your lawn. Virginia Buttonweed will sometimes turn chlorotic, or yellow, due to a common virus, which make […]

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Dandelions – the plant most people love to hate

Dandelions seem to be the weed that causes most concern to homeowners across the US. It is mainly a concern for the two weeks or so in spring when the flowers bloom and the seed head puffballs are seen as a sign of an ill-kept lawn. The flowers can arise in one day, last for a short time and the puffballs come out a day or so after that. Mowing them off does not seem to help as new flowers arise from the plant the next day. Dandelion Control – […]

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Lawn Vole Damage

Vole Damage In Your Lawn Voles, which are also called field or meadow mice, will burrow under the snow during the winter, leaving behind trails of chewed grass as they search for food. Voles are mostly vegetarian, but will eat just about anything they think they can, including roots, bulbs, seeds, tree bark and insects. The sight of these trails can cause a good deal of concern as it appears that a lawn has been seriously damaged. Patience is the keep, allowing the grass to grow back within the trails, […]

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Why Isn’t My Lawn Turning Green?

One of the common questions we receive is why one person’s lawn not as green as some of the neighbors’ lawns. Not all lawns will turn green at the same time. Different cultivars within the same species of turfgrass have different green-up rates. Sodded lawns almost always green-up slower than seeded lawns. It is still early, so don’t panic if your lawn is not turning green as quickly as your neighbor’s lawn. In cool-season turfgrass zones, it may take some time for the new grass to show through. This is […]

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European Sawfly

What is eating the needles off my Mugho Pine? What you are probably seeing on your pine trees are the larvae stage of European Sawfly. The eggs hatch into caterpillars in late April and feed on the previous year’s needles. Doing a search on Pine Sawfly will provide numerous pictures to verify the diagnosis. If you go out now, you may be able to see the small eggs on the needles. They are oval shaped and are usually laid in a row of five or six eggs along the length […]

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Pine Needles on Evergreens

Where did all the needles on my pine tree go? One of the first insects seen in the spring is the larvae of the European Pine Sawfly. The larvae look like caterpillars, but are actually the larvae of a wasp-like insect. They can be found feeding on the older needles of mugho pines, although will feed on several other species of pine trees. The current year’s growth are rarely touched, but severe infestations can leave a “bottle-brush” appearance to the shrub or tree once all the old needles are eaten. […]

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Can I Seed My Lawn In The Spring?

Can I seed my lawn in the spring? (Part 2) Continuing with this question, another consideration is the amount of broadleaf weeds present in your lawn. If dandelions, clover, thistles or any of the numerous other broadleaf weeds growing in the lawn or in the area where you want to seed, they should be controlled before seeding. The problem lies in the time that should transpire after spraying the weeds with a commercial weed control product, which is about three to four weeks. If you decide to wait until after […]

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Spring Lawn Seeding (Part One)

Can I seed my lawn in the spring? (Part 1) Maybe. There are a couple of things to consider before deciding to seed a lawn in the spring. First, what type of grass is growing in your lawn? Most warm-season grasses are not propagated or established by seed, but by sodding or sprigging. Seed for Bermuda, St. Augustine, Centipede or Zoysia are usually not easily available. Cool-season or Transition Zone grasses are grown from seed, so it is possible to purchase seed for areas where these grasses grow. Second, how […]

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Spring is Here – Depending on Where You Live

Spring is in full swing in the southern regions of the US, which makes us northerners a little jealous and anxious, wondering when we will start getting some warmer weather. I spoke with one of our Franchise Owners in Charlotte, NC today, and he was telling me that it is 75 degrees down there today. Whereas, on the other side of the US, our Franchise Owner in Olympia, WA is looking at 8 inches of snow out of his office window. If there is one thing I have learned after […]

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What is snow mold and how do I know if I have it?

Be on the lookout for snow mold. This is especially true in areas that received a lot of snow that fell on unfrozen turf. The recent warm weather is rapidly melting the snow, which sets up the perfect conditions for snow mold development. Snow mold can appear on almost any turfgrass and in most parts of the country, but is more common in the Midwest. Snow mold appears as a cottony mass growing across the tips of the grass blades. If it has a pinkish cast, it is Pink Snow […]

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