This week, we’re not going to talk about turfgrass management, we’re going to talk about the turfgrass manager – you. Most of us are sole proprietors with one or two employees that cannot afford to be on the disabled list. As the beginning of July is just around the corner, here are some things that […]
With the sudden rush of heat and humidity, our lawns are suddenly headed in the wrong direction. That which was looking pretty good with rain and moderate temperatures is now rapidly browning and all of a sudden we’re seeing a lot of new weeds – especially crabgrass. Why is this so? Why does my lawn […]
“I don’t have drought stress! I water!” Have you been hearing that (or something close to it) from customers lately? How do you deal with a complaint like that? Let’s start with the realization that their lawn may be many inches below normal in natural rainfall right now. Second, an irrigation system is never a […]
It seems like yesterday that we were dealing with snow cover that did not want to go away and waterlogged soils that significantly slowed the development of our lawns, mostly because it was yesterday, but those conditions have vanished and we have new challenges – it’s that time of year again – time for heat […]
What a weird sight! This lawn is beyond brown but has something green growing in the middle of it! This is Zoysia; of if you’re into calling grasses by their Latin names, Zoysia japonica (impress your family and friends with that nugget of information). Where does it come from and how did it get there?
You’ve fertilized, applied crabgrass control, sprayed weeds, and instructed your customer on how to water and mow their lawn. On your last visit, the lawn was screaming green, the best in the neighborhood. Today, the customer calls and says that their lawn is ruined, you’re responsible and that they’re going to sue you, report you […]
Put down the weed killer! You’re not ready for it yet.
As a brand new lawn care specialist, one of the first things you learned was to tell your customers to follow the one-third rule of mowing. What if I told you that the one-third rule was flat-out wrong, and then recommended that you keep right on preaching it?
Spring is upon us, finally, and our lawns are slowly beginning to wake up from their long winter’s nap. It seems like twenty minutes has elapsed from the time the last snow bank melted to when you get the first phone call from a customer telling you that the forsythia is blooming and if you […]