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The Agronomist: A Good Spring Lawn Starts in the Fall

You know when people start making jokes incorporating camels and lawns that it wasn’t a banner summer for most of us. The U.S. Drought Monitor map, released each Thursday by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, depicted ever-increasing areas of the country that were deficient in precipitation, while evapotranspiration data from […]

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Lawn Care Corner: Dealing with Sedge and Crabgrass

Sponsored Content As fall approaches, there are two foes still lingering about in turf: sedges and crabgrass. Is there a solution out there that can help? Of course! The season is winding down, turfgrass growth is slowing, but weeds continue to be a thorn in your side. What are your options for managing crabgrass and […]

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Lawn Care: Selling Fall Fertilization

If your client has cool-season grasses, fall is the best time to set your client’s spring lawn up for success with fertilization. This is the time when the grass is strengthening its roots so it can survive the winter. This service is the foundation of a successful turfgrass fertility program, so take the time to […]

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Lawn Care Corner: Managing Mature Weeds

Sponsored Content Managing mature weeds is an uphill battle. Biologically, they’re at a stage in their life cycle when they’re producing seeds or other reproductive structures, perpetuating their survival for potentially years to come. Their leaves are nice and thick and covered with thick, waxy cuticle or leaf hairs, and roots have grown deep into […]

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The picture illustrates a tall fescue clump in a stand of Kentucky bluegrass ryegrass lawn.
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Lawn Care Corner: Drought and Other Causes of Brown Spots in the Lawn

As I am writing this article, we are witnessing a heat wave impacting much of the U.S. and this brings about a significant impact on cool-season grasses, as this weather pattern impacts turfgrass growth and overall appearance. On the other hand, warm-season grasses thrive in the summer months; however, the hot and humid weather conditions […]

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Lawn Care Corner: Controlling Summer Nuisance Weeds

Sponsored Content As lawn care enters the summer months, two of the most common weeds likely to become a nuisance are crabgrass and perennial nutsedges. Like all weeds, successful long-term management strategies begin with a dense, healthy turfgrass. However, factors such as disease, insects, improper mowing, low fertility, and drought can weaken or thin turfgrass. […]

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NALP and Lawn Care Companies Partner to Boost State Advocacy Efforts

Advocacy is one of the key focuses of the National Association of Landscape Professionals. While there are a lot of matters being fought for at the federal level, some of the toughest battles are at the state and local levels. These misinformed and misguided policies can seriously impact lawn care companies and threaten their businesses. […]

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Lawn Care Corner: Understanding Formulations and Their Uses

Sponsored Content Looking to explore common pesticide formulation types and their relevance to applicators? Don’t miss the free webinar “Understanding Formulations and Their Uses” on June 3 at 10:30 a.m. ET. FMC’s First Friday series is an exclusive benefit  of the FMC True Champions end user loyalty program., FMC hosts a new webinar on the […]

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Lawn Care: What’s Discoloring the Grass?

If you’re getting calls from customers complaining about why their grass isn’t green, there are a number of possible causes behind this. It’s critical to take your time identifying the true issue as you don’t want to make the matter worse, when trying to remedy the issue. Nutrient Deficiency When certain nutrients are lacking in […]

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The lawn in the foreground is 100 percent crabgrass while the lawn in the background has virtually none.

The Agronomist: What Weed Killer Should I Use to Kill This Weed? Try Healthy Turf

I have a stunning admission to make. I love lawn weeds. I know, I know. You don’t need to tell me. Failure to control weeds is the number one reason that lawn care customers cancel their services. And yes, I have battled the dastardly dandelion and the crafty clover in lawns for years. Most of […]

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