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Soil pH - Humic vs Iron vs Lime

Posted by Nate Bahler on Jan 5, 2022 11:36:10 AM

It can be confusing when you see a bag of fertilizer with all sorts of numbers and letters and instructions on it, right? 

Many people are familiar with your typical NPK fertilizer macronutrients - Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium, but there are other common industry micronutrients and supplements that you might not be as familiar with.  

Humic acid or fulvic acid, iron and lime are 3 typical fertilizer add-ons that can take your lawn care program to the next level.  We'll break these three supplements down for you. 

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Why Are Lawn Care Prices Rising in 2022?

Posted by Dave Schwarm on Dec 10, 2021 2:50:18 PM

We are approaching the end of 2021 - this past year or so of the Pandemic has been rough on us all in so many respects.  It felt like things were finally starting to get back to normal a bit this year, right? Businesses were kicking back up, everything seemed to be on the upswing.  Now…economically…there are crunches coming at us from every direction.  

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How To Repair Grub Damage

Posted by Dave Schwarm on Nov 12, 2021 1:36:12 PM

Today we are going to talk about how grubs damage your lawn and what you can do on your own to repair it. 

Grub damage can be terrible - you might look at a grub damaged lawn and be instantly overwhelmed and thinking it’s going to be a “big fix”.  Don’t think so fast!  Grub damage can be spot-repaired in no time.  We’ll go over how with you.  

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Zoysia Grass - Controlling Undesirable Grasses

Posted by Dave Schwarm on Oct 29, 2021 3:09:32 PM

What is Zoysia Grass?

Zoysia Grass is a warm season grass designed to perform really well in warm climates.  Zoysia grass prefers the sun and it is very tolerant of heat and drought. 

Why is Zoysia grass an undesirable grass in the Northeast?

Zoysia Grass is not designed to be in a New England Lawn. When it's cold, Zoysia grass goes dormant.  For 6 months of the year, your lawn will be green and for the other 6 months of the year your lawn will be brown. It has a very low tolerance for shaded areas. 

Zoysia grass can be useful in some areas such as golf courses, beaches, etc but it's often not preferred at homes. Zoysia is a very aggressively spreading grass - it can even sometimes be considered invasive because of its aggressive nature. 

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Slice Seeding vs Aeration & Seeding

Posted by Nate Bahler on Oct 14, 2021 11:19:35 AM

Here at Green Meadow we do a lot of Triple Core Aeration & Seeding and Dormant Seeding.  Sometimes, however, a different kind of seeding might be the best fit for a customer...that’s when we recommend Slice Seeding

How do we decide which service to go with?

Generally, if the lawn is 30% or more thick/dense/present we recommend Triple Core Aeration and Seed.  If your lawn is made up of less than 30% desirable grasses, we like to go with Slice Seeding.  For the best results with Slice Seeding, we core aerate first. 

While Slice Seeding often comes at a higher price tag than Aerate and Seeding, there's a reason for it and we’ll explain why. 

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Top 3 Signs Your Yard Has Chinch Bugs

Posted by Nate Bahler on Oct 5, 2021 2:58:56 PM

Chinch Bugs are a surface insect that thrive in dry weather. These small bugs can do a lot of damage in a short amount of time due to their high reproductive rate. Female Chinch Bugs will lay about 200 eggs!

They live in the thatch layer of a lawn. They feed on the crown of a grass plant - right where your grass meets the soil.  When they feed on grass, they release enzymes that continue to damage the plant even after they are done feasting. These bugs are tiny but can do a lot of damage! 

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Bentgrass Control - Undesirable Grasses

Posted by Dave Schwarm on Sep 20, 2021 2:18:55 PM

Don’t confuse bentgrass with turf grass. While it might look like a grass, it falls under the Undesirable Grasses category.  It’s not a turf grass. It has a very shallow root system and can choke out your turf grass as well as invite many other disease, drought or insect related issues to your property. 

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Is a Winterizer Fertilizer Neccessary? [Fall Lawn Care]

Posted by Brian Gerber on Sep 7, 2021 2:09:12 PM

Is a winter fertilizer something you really need? Is it worth the money?  The answer is yes! 

It’s arguably the most important fertilizer application for your lawn (especially if you live in Northern climates).  We’ll explain why: 

Regular Fertilizer vs Winter Fertilizer:

What’s the main difference? Fertilizers applied throughout the year are intended to keep your grass growing.  A winter fertilizer is intended to make sure your lawn stores enough food over winter to rapidly grow once Spring comes.

Winter is a tough time for lawns.  A winterizer is a late fall application of fertilizer designed to help lawns store more food to survive winter and improve growth in spring.  It makes these stored nutrients readily available in Spring. This stored food ensures that your lawn is ready for a spring green-up.

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The Disease Triangle [How to Prevent Lawn Disease]

Posted by Nate Bahler on Aug 27, 2021 2:35:27 PM

What is the disease triangle? 

The disease triangle in lawn care consists of the 3 factors (susceptible host, pathogen spores, environment) that are needed to be present for a lawn disease to exist. If one is missing, a lawn disease will not be present.  

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Is the Grass Actually Greener on the Other Side of the Road?

Posted by Dave Schwarm on Aug 25, 2021 3:00:57 PM

For years and years we've all heard the metaphor, “The grass always greener on the other side of the road”.  To most, this is a reminder that other people’s lives or situations aren’t always better than ours, as they may seem from afar. 

As a lawn professional, this can mean something much more literal.  One of the common calls we get in the summer months is, "Why does the lawn across the street look better than mine?"

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