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Pre Emergent vs Post Emergent Weed Killer

Posted by Nate Bahler on Sep 14, 2022 10:45:08 AM

Weeds can be a year-round problem.  Certain weeds are more prevalent in certain seasons and, therefore, require different approaches.  For this reason,  there is a place for both pre-emergent and post emergent strategies in the lawn care industry.

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Mark My Irrigation System with Flags

Posted by Nate Bahler on Aug 8, 2022 12:29:55 PM

Mark My Irrigation System with Flags

Do you have a lawn care company? Are you preparing for an overseeding job, slice seeding or lawn aeration? Do you have an electric dog fence or an automatic underground irrigation system?  If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to these questions, this article is for you.  

Flagging your irrigation or electric dog fences can save you a lot of money and trouble in the long run by preventing damage to them. 

Aeration tines can go as deep as 3 inches into the ground.  We want to make sure these obstacles are marked so they are not damaged by equipment.  If a lawn company does not know they are there, there's a good chance their equipment will accidentally damage your system.

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Clover Lawn vs Grass Lawn

Posted by Nate Bahler on Jun 28, 2022 4:31:55 PM

Pros and Cons of a Clover Lawn

Is your lawn partially full of clover? Are you thinking about treating your clover to make your grass turf more uniform?  Are you wondering what the benefits/downfalls of having clover in your lawn could be? Are you wondering what the benefits of a grass lawn vs a fully clover lawn are?  

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How To Get Rid of Orchard Grass in My Lawn

Posted by Nate Bahler on May 20, 2022 11:43:33 AM

How To Get Rid of Orchard Grass in My Lawn 

Also known as pasture grass, orchard grass arrived in North America in the 1700's and was used on farms for hay and feed. If you live in an old farming community, there's a good chance that many lawns in your neighborhood have orchard grass. 

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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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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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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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Phosphite vs Phosphate [Treating Pythium Blight]

Posted by Nate Bahler on Jul 29, 2021 9:58:45 AM

We have had a ton of rain in the Northeast this July and we are seeing a LOT of disease issues this year because of it.  

Pythium Blight is one in particular that we are seeing a lot of this summer. There are many different strategies for treating Pythium.  The one that we’d like to dive into a bit more today is using Phosphites. 

A lot of people when they hear Phosphite, think Phosphate.  These are not to be confused.  Phosphate fertilizers have become banned in lawn care use in CT.  Phosphorus is a naturally occurring and essential nutrient for plants but increased levels of these nutrients can jeopardize water quality in its run-off.

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Summer Annual Weeds

Posted by Nate Bahler on Jun 29, 2021 12:28:43 PM

Some customers ask us why they have weeds in the Summer if we have already treated their lawns for weeds in the Spring. Treating weeds is an ongoing process. Why? Because there are different generations of annual weeds. 

Summer annual weeds can be difficult to manage in the Northeast because they are suited to thrive in many of the same conditions that cool season grasses thrive in. 

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