Archive for the ‘Lawn care’ Category

postheadericon Yellow lawn care: reasons and fixes for yellow lawns

Yellow lawn care: reasons and fixes for yellow lawns

Image by V-Lights By Bonnie L. Grant During the summer, many of us have unattractive yellow lawns. This is due to our conservation efforts with regard to water. Water rates go up in summer and much of the country is in drought conditions, so suspending water to the lawn makes sense. There are also other issues that can cause a lawn to discolor. Among these are dog urine, pests, disease, overuse, and fertilizer amounts. But do you know how to turn a yellow lawn green again? Read on for some…

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 Best stepable plants: learn about plants that can be walked on

Best stepable plants: learn about plants that can be walked on

Image by fabioveronesi By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener What are walkable plants? They’re exactly what you think – plants that can safely be walked on. Walkable plants are often used as lawn replacements because they are tough, drought-tolerant, and require very little maintenance. Keep in mind, however, that these plants to step on may not be as durable as traditional lawn, and many won’t hold up to heavy foot traffic. Using Stepable Plants in Gardens Some types of walkable plants are deciduous and die down in…

postheadericon Treating lawn diseases: learn about lawn disease control

Treating lawn diseases: learn about lawn disease control

Image by daizuoxin By Jackie Carroll While we all dream of having a lush, green lawn, this isn’t always the case. Brown and yellow spots and bald patches in your lawn may be due to lawn diseases. Keep reading to learn more about treating lawn diseases. Controlling Lawn Problems Most common grass diseases are caused by fungi. Although many of the different types of diseases look similar, the basic control measures are the same: Advertisement Prevent the disease from spreading by keeping the grass in the affected area short. Remove…

postheadericon Managing bermuda grass: learn how to kill bermuda grass in lawns

Managing bermuda grass: learn how to kill bermuda grass in lawns

Image by gosheshe By Bonnie L. Grant Bermuda grass is an aggressive warm season turfgrass and fodder. It can become invasive and infest other turfgrasses, most notably zoysia grass and tall fescue. The usual herbicides may be toxic to the wanted species, so managing Bermuda grass when it invades the lawn takes some special steps. Controlling Bermuda grass in flower beds is a little easier, but the tenacious roots require deep removal or the plant will simply reestablish itself. Read on to learn some tips on how to get rid…

postheadericon Lawn seeding how to: tips for seeding a lawn

Lawn seeding how to: tips for seeding a lawn

Image by tab1962 By Teo Spengler A beautiful lawn doesn’t just happen. Unless you are hiring professional help, you’ll have to prepare the space for seeding, then do all the follow-up and maintenance. Only then do you get to bring out the lawn chairs and umbrella. Read on for tips for seeding a lawn. Lawn Seeding Tips If you are seeding your first lawn, roll up your sleeves and prepare to put in more than a few hours. Every task takes time and must be done carefully. Advertisement If you…

postheadericon Caring for kentucky bluegrass lawns: tips on planting kentucky bluegrass

Caring for kentucky bluegrass lawns: tips on planting kentucky bluegrass

Image by ImagineGolf By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener Kentucky bluegrass, a cool season grass, is a species native to Europe, Asia, Algeria and, Morocco. However, even though this species is not native to the United States, it is grown all over the East Coast, and can also be grown in the west with irrigation. Information on Kentucky Bluegrass What Does Kentucky Bluegrass Look Like? At maturity, Kentucky bluegrass is about 20-24 inches tall. It can be recognized quite easily because of its “V” shaped leaves. Its rhizomes allow it to…

postheadericon Perennial ryegrass information: learn about perennial ryegrass uses and care

Perennial ryegrass information: learn about perennial ryegrass uses and care

Image by waddell walker hancock By Amy Grant Annual ryegrass is a valuable rapidly growing cover crop. It aids in breaking up hard soils, better allowing roots to absorb nitrogen. So what is perennial ryegrass used for? Read on to learn more. What is Perennial Ryegrass Used For? There are a number of benefits to planting perennial ryegrass. Perennial ryegrass uses extend from using as a pasture grass or as sod for the home lawn. It is considered the best cool season perennial pasture grass in many areas. Planting perennial…

postheadericon Centipede grass maintenance and planting tips

Centipede grass maintenance and planting tips

Image by Gardening Know How By Heather Rhoades Centipede grass is a popular turf grass for lawn in the Southern part of the United States. Centipede grass’ ability to grow in poor soils and its low maintenance needs make it an ideal grass for many homeowners in warmer areas. While centipede grass needs little care, some centipede grass maintenance required. Keep reading to learn more about how to plant centipede grass and caring for centipede grass. How to Plant Centipede Grass Centipede grass can be grown from centipede grass seed,…