Archive for the ‘Lawn care’ Category

postheadericon Lawn slime mold: how to prevent this black substance on lawns

Lawn slime mold: how to prevent this black substance on lawns

Image by Farris Goldstein By Bonnie L. Grant The vigilant gardener may wonder, “What is this dark stuff in my lawn?” It is slime mold, of which there are many varieties. The black substance on lawns is a primitive organism that is actually beneficial. It creeps along leaf blades eating dead organic matter, bacteria and even other molds. Slime mold on grass is not damaging to the turf, but if appearance is a problem you can remove it. You might think this mold turfgrass disease should be killed to protect…

postheadericon Sod webworm lifecycle: learn about webworm lawn damage and control

Sod webworm lifecycle: learn about webworm lawn damage and control

Image by Zach By Bonnie L. Grant Webworm lawn damage is most significant in cool season turf grass. These tiny pests are the larvae of an unassuming small brown moth. The larval feeding causes dead brown patches in lawns, which may have difficulty recovering. Sod webworm control is focused on the larva and not the adult moths. Learn how to get rid of sod webworms for a healthier and greener lawn. Webworm Lawn Damage The first signs of sod webworm feeding are found in spring. The chewing activity of the…

postheadericon Netting for lawns – how to use landscape netting

Netting for lawns – how to use landscape netting

Image by Lenny Montana By Bonnie L. Grant Grass and other ground covers planted on erosion prone areas or unprotected windy sites need a little help sticking around until germination. Netting for lawns provides this defense and shelters the seed until it sprouts. What is lawn netting? There are several types of netting for landscaping which are designed to safeguard the seed. Whether you chose jute, straw or coconut fiber coverings, knowing how to use landscape netting helps ensure success when straight seeding a large area that might be compromised…

postheadericon Spider webs on grass – dealing with dollar spot fungus on lawns

Spider webs on grass – dealing with dollar spot fungus on lawns

Image by ChingTeoh By Jackie Carroll Spider webs on grass that is damp with morning dew may be a symptom of a bigger problem called dollar spot fungus. The branching mycelium of dollar spot fungus looks like spider webs or cobwebs on morning grass, but unlike spider webs, dollar spot mycelium disappears when the dew dries. Let’s learn more about these webs on lawn grass. Dollar Spot Fungus on Lawns The fungus gets its name from the brown spots it causes in the lawn. They begin about the size of…

postheadericon Red fescue planting: how to grow creeping red fescue grass

Red fescue planting: how to grow creeping red fescue grass

By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener Many people are turning to low maintenance grasses for their lawn care needs. While there are a number of these grasses available, one of the lesser known types – creeping red fescue – is becoming more popular. Read on to learn more about red fescue grass. About Red Fescue Grass What is Red Fescue? Creeping red fescue grass (Festuca rubra) is a perennial lawn grass in USDA planting zones 1-7 and an annual grass in zones 8-10. Native to Europe, this cool season grass needs…

postheadericon What is top dressing: best top dressing for lawns and gardens

What is top dressing: best top dressing for lawns and gardens

Image by Diana House By Amy Grant It may not be a common issue, but lawn and garden top dressing is occasionally something that needs to be addressed, especially when top dressing a lawn becomes necessary. So exactly what is top dressing? Continue reading to find out how to apply lawn top dressing in the landscape as well as the best top dressing for lawns and gardens. What is Top Dressing? What is top dressing? Top dressing is an application of a thin layer of soil over a turf grass…

postheadericon Worm castings problems: what do worm casting mounds look like in lawns

Worm castings problems: what do worm casting mounds look like in lawns

Image by kdnewton By Bonnie L. Grant Worms are more than slimy fish bait. Their presence in our soil is crucial to the health and nutrient level of this growing medium. Lawn worm castings are the result of these organisms eating and processing detritus and organic debris. Worm mounds in yard and garden areas can be annoying and make holes in turf grass, however. In order to manage these piles of castings, it is important to answer the question, “What do worm casting mounds look like?” Once you are armed…

postheadericon Mowing lawn tips: information for mowing your lawn correctly

Mowing lawn tips: information for mowing your lawn correctly

Image by nolexa By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Mowing is a love-it-or-hate-it proposition for homeowners. You may think mowing your lawn is a sweaty, back-breaking chore or maybe you consider it an opportunity for healthy exercise as you commune with nature. Either way, mowing lawns properly is a requirement for healthy, vibrant turf. Lawn Mowing Information Mowing lawns properly is important in maintaining ongoing health. Mow your lawn when the grass is dry. Diseases spread readily on damp turf and the wet grass can clog your…

postheadericon Spring lawn maintenance: tips on caring for lawns in spring

Spring lawn maintenance: tips on caring for lawns in spring

Image by Gardening Know How, via Nikki Phipps By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Keeping your lawn green and healthy during the hot days of summer begins with properly caring for lawns in spring. Read on to learn about spring lawn maintenance and how to care for spring lawns. Spring Lawn Cleanup It may not be a lot of fun, but spring lawn maintenance requires a few hours of spring lawn cleanup. It’s tempting to get started on the first sunny day, but it’s critical to wait…

postheadericon Controlling pink fungus in lawns: pink patch and red thread in grass

Controlling pink fungus in lawns: pink patch and red thread in grass

Image by Mary Ann Hansen, VA Polytechnic Institute, Bugwood.org By Bonnie L. Grant There are all kinds of diseases and pests that can adversely affect your turf grass. Soggy pink stuff in lawns or reddish grass are signs of a common turf disease. The effect is caused by one of two different fungi, which appear under very different conditions. For the most part, the question of how to get rid of pink fungus or red thread in grass is moot as it is caused by climate conditions. Controlling pink fungus…