Category: General Lawn Care

Cold, Wet Spring’s Impact on Your Lawn

Brown Patch

As if 2020 hasn’t been unique and challenging enough, the weather has been quite unpredictable as well.  Here in Northern Virginia, we barely had a winter season.  Now, we have frost warnings in May along with seemingly endless days of rain with close to 9” from early April through early… Read More»

Aphid Action Abounds

Green Peach Aphid Infestation

Our yards are a haven for our families and pets as well as a variety of wildlife.  Some of nature’s creatures, likes birds and bees, are welcome visitors.  Aphids, however, do not make the list of desirable backyard guests.  Aphids literally suck the life out of the trees and ornamentals… Read More»

Time to Touch Up Your Roots for Winter!

snow covered grass

When temperatures drop, grass stops growing above the ground and accelerates downward to grow roots for the following summer. This requires energy – nutrients. Healthy root systems help the turf survive summer heat and drought as well as resist insects and fungus.  The experts at Virginia Cooperative Extension say, “Fall is… Read More»

Red Thread Does Not a Green Lawn Make!

Evidence of Red Thread

As your lawn greens up over the spring, you hope to see ALL areas gaining color.  But drying patches with pink or reddish strands running through them isn’t exactly the kind of color you were looking for!  What you’re seeing is likely the beginning of a turf grass disease –… Read More»

When it Comes to Grass, Spring is for Growing, NOT for Planting

With everything greening up around us, it’s hard to resist the urge to overseed your lawn, especially if you have bare batches.  You’re planting annuals, starting your garden from seed – it seems logical to grab some grass seed while you’re at it, right? RESIST the Urge! It’s the wrong… Read More»

Is it Boxwood Blight or “just” Winter Burn?

Spring is here, but the impact of winter is visible on many trees and shrubs in our area.  Winter is tough for plants when temperatures are below freezing and drying winds are common. When evergreens and perennials are subjected to these conditions, the result is often browning leaves/needles. This is… Read More»

Why Soil pH Matters

chart showing pH level and percentage of fertilizer wasted

Want a greener, healthier lawn?  Common wisdom would have us believe the answer is to fertilize – generally in the spring and fall.  Is it enough?  Do you even need to fertilize?  Which nutrients does your lawn need?  All good questions, but the first question is, what is your soil’s… Read More»

Let Your Lawn Breathe!

Give your lawn a breather!  Your grass is a plant – one, continuous stretch of green, so it may be easy to forget this fact since it’s not in a pot or a landscape bed, but grass is a plant.  And like any plant, it’s roots need oxygen to thrive. … Read More»