Archive for the ‘Lawn care’ Category

postheadericon High traffic lawn options: what are some lawn alternatives in play areas

High traffic lawn options: what are some lawn alternatives in play areas

Image by Rubberecycle By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener An alternative lawn grass is not a new concept, but what about those high traffic areas? You know, the places where we entertain the most or the little ones play about. Let’s explore lawn alternatives for heavy traffic areas like these. High Traffic Landscaping Alternatives to Grass Grass lawns are high maintenance with mowing, watering, fertilizing and edging, and they are expensive to keep pest and weed free. If you are looking for a lawn that is practically maintenance free and inexpensive,…

postheadericon Growing fine fescue: learn about the care and uses for fine fescue

Growing fine fescue: learn about the care and uses for fine fescue

Image by dbvirago By Bonnie L Grant Lawns in cool areas with plenty of shade will benefit from a turf sown with fine fescue. What is fine fescue? It is a standard turf grass that is bunching and perennial. This variety of fescue is often part of a grass mixture to create a northern shade tolerant grass that has low moisture and fertilizer needs. The grass stays green all year long in most regions and is drought tolerant. What is Fine Fescue? Fine fescues encompass at least 5 major species….

postheadericon What causes four leaf clovers and how to find a four leaf clover

What causes four leaf clovers and how to find a four leaf clover

Image by icefront By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Ah, the four leaf clover…so much to be said about this misfit of nature. Some people look all their lives for that lucky four leaf clover without success, while others (like me and my kids) could find them all day long. But exactly what causes four leaf clovers, why are they considered so lucky, and how do you successfully go about finding four leaf clovers? Read on to find out. About Four Leaf Clovers Before you begin your search…

postheadericon Lawn rust – identifying and treating grass rust fungus

Lawn rust – identifying and treating grass rust fungus

Image by Clarissa Balbalian, Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org By Bonnie L. Grant Turf grasses are prey to numerous pest and disease problems. Finding rust fungus in lawn areas is a common issue, especially where excess moisture or dew is present. Keep reading for more information on the control of rust on grass. What is Lawn Grass Rust Fungus? Rust is a fungal disease that occurs on turf grasses when their growth is slowed. This usually happens in late summer or early fall, during periods of dry weather or when the…

postheadericon Snow mold fungus: learn about snow mold control

Snow mold fungus: learn about snow mold control

Image by William M. Brown Jr., Bugwood.org By Kristi Waterworth Spring is a time of new beginnings and the awakening of lots of the growing things you’ve missed all winter. When the receding snow reveals a badly damaged lawn, many homeowners despair – but try not to worry, it’s only snow mold. This fungus is unsightly, but is easy to manage for homeowners of all skill levels. Read on to learn more about snow mold and how to manage it on your lawn. What is Snow Mold? As the snow…

postheadericon Fertilizer for lawns – what type of lawn fertilizer to use

Fertilizer for lawns – what type of lawn fertilizer to use

Image by Dole08 By Bonnie L. Grant A healthy, green lawn is a joy to sink bare feet into and complements the landscape. The best fertilizer for grass will promote healthy turf and minimize weed and pest issues with a thick mat that resists these problems. There are many types of lawn fertilizer on the market or you can use home-grown methods to enhance the vigor of your grass. Choosing the right food for lawns begins with understanding grass fertilizer numbers and knowing your soil and sod type. Grass Fertilizer…

postheadericon Treating lawn pests – tips on controlling insects in grass

Treating lawn pests – tips on controlling insects in grass

Image by paulbroad By Jackie Carroll Are lawn insects bugging you? Are you ready to take action? This article covers common lawn insects and what to do about them. Common Lawn Pests Treating lawn pests is difficult if you aren’t sure what kind of pest you have. Caterpillars, such as armyworms, cutworms and lawn moth insects, are often found in lawns. You may also find white grubs or chinch bugs in the lawn. Here are some tips to help you identify and treat these pests. Advertisement Caterpillars A few caterpillars…

postheadericon Brown lawn fixes: how to repair patches and brown spots on grass

Brown lawn fixes: how to repair patches and brown spots on grass

Image by daizuoxin By Kristi Waterworth Brown lawn patches are probably the most frustrating problems that homeowners have with their lawns. Because there are so many different kinds of problems that can cause brown spots on grass, home diagnostics can be tricky, but there are a number of care items that help with brown lawn repair, even if you don’t know what’s really wrong with your lawn. Brown Lawn Fixes No matter what’s wrong with your grass, when your lawn has brown spots, your turf care hasn’t been ideal. Before…

postheadericon So you want your grass to grow

So you want your grass to grow

Image by Ian T. McFarland By Jessica Marley Having a beautiful lush green lawn is a wonderful accent to your home and living space, and it can really make a difference in the appearance of your home. We would all like to have that first prize-winning lawn, but it is not always easy to achieve. For those of us who can’t afford professional lawn maintenance, it may take some time and effort to get the desired results. Understanding Your Lawn In order to take the proper care of the lawn,…

postheadericon Powdery mildew on grass: how to control powdery mildew in lawns

Powdery mildew on grass: how to control powdery mildew in lawns

Image by Clemson University – USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series, Bugwood.org By Jackie Carroll Powdery mildew disease in lawns is usually the result of trying to grow grass in a poor location. Caused by a fungus, the first symptoms are light spots on the blades of grass that may go unnoticed. As the disease progresses, you’ll see white patches that look as though they have been sprinkled with talcum powder. Let’s take a closer look at powdery mildew grass disease and how to control powdery mildew in lawns. Treating Powdery…