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Over the Fence

Where gardeners come to find out what's happening out in the yard.

Lawn Core Aeration and More

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Late summer and early fall are great times to work on the lawn. One of the best practices that will benefit the lawn long term is core aeration. Homeowners can rent the coring machine or have a lawn service provide the service for your yard. A coring machine will remove a plug (core) containing a bit of grass, thatch and soil about 3 or so inches deep and leave that core on the surface of the lawn...

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Time to Bring In The Houseplants

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Summer vacation is just about over for our houseplants that we set out last spring and now the decision needs to be made of what comes back in the home for the winter. We generally consider any plant that cannot survive being outside a houseplant since many of them have a tropical background or are from a hardiness zone warmer than ours. For many, we take them outside to let Mother Nature nurt...

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Core Aeration for the Lawn

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Homeowners have likely heard of core aeration as a way to relieve soil compaction in the lawn. While that is certainly true, coring has several more benefits for the grass plant, soil profile and microbial activity in the ground and thatch management. When the soil beneath the lawn is compacted, grass roots grow poorly staying nearer the surface and more readily impacted by droughts. Co...

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Have You Walked Your Lawn?

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Farmers walk their fields, vegetable growers walk their produce fields, have you walked your lawn lately? This time of year is a good time to find out what has been happening to the lawn and what you might want to do yet this season to make your lawn healthier. With all the rain we had earlier in the summer, pre-emergence products may not have lasted long enough and n...

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