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Ready, Set, Mow

Posted by Sarah Fellerer -

Our lawns started to grow a couple of weeks ago and if you have not wandered out in the lawn since we had all the rain, you're likely to see that the lawn is due for that first mowing. The first mowing will begin to even out the growth of the lawn overall as we all have areas that grow faster than others or different kinds of grasses now in the lawn that grow at different rates. After the first...

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Storm Recovery

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Our recent rain event clearly caused some problems in the yard with ponding, temporary water flow through or around our plantings, soil erosion around our down spouts and more. Established lawns deal with surface flow pretty well as long as the flow remains well behaved. Lots of water over a long time or water with a force can eventually break through the lawn and begin to erode the soil. The t...

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Scale, Scab, Rust and Dormant Oil

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

All the recent rains have reminded home orchardists and homeowners that the time to treat for our two most common leaf diseases is upon us. It is when the weather is really not very nice outside that fungicide sprays for Apple Scab and Cedar Apple Rust need to be started. The indicator is something called "green tip", when the buds have broken and just the very tip of the new green emerging growth...

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A More Normal Spring

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Our spring weather has actually been more of what we should have had the couple of years. Yep, we got spoiled with warm early springs, yet we have seen what a warm dry spring can set us up for, an even hotter and dryer summer. All of us take note when the robins and other migrating birds show up, a pretty good sign that we are going get spring weather soon. A good indicator plant in the neighborho...

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