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Inground Irrigation vs Above Ground Irrigation

Posted by Dave Schwarm on May 14, 2021 10:06:13 AM

Choosing the right irrigation system will depend on a several factors such as cost, efficiency, water conservation, the size of your lawn, which types of grass you have, etc.

Having an irrigation system will improve the overall health of your lawn by building its resistance to fungi, diseases and weeds.  Which type of irrigation you choose, however,  will have to depend on what's best for both you as a homeowner, and your lawn. 

Below we'll go over both the pros and cons of above ground and under ground sprinkler systems:

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Annual Blue Grass (Poa Annua) vs Kentucky Blue Grass

Posted by Nate Bahler on Apr 29, 2021 11:36:01 AM

While these two sound similar, they couldn't be more different.  They are both types of bluegrass. One is desirable and one is not

Kentucky Blue Grass yields a beautiful, lush, dark green lawn while Poa Annua (annual blue grass) spreads rapidly and dies quickly, often leaving you with a patchy lawn. 

Fun fact: Many homeowners find Poa Annua undesirable but some golf courses find it very desirable.  It grows low and is easier to maintain in this environment.

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How To Fix Mole Damage

Posted by Brian Gerber on Apr 26, 2021 10:43:27 AM

Moles can expand their runways at a rate of about 100 feet per day - for this reason, many people think they have multiple moles when it really just might be one.  If you have had a mole in your yard before, you know how destructive their digging can be. 

Assuming you have gotten rid of your moles and they are no longer an active threat, now it’s time to follow the steps below to fix the damage. 

If you have not yet gotten rid of the moles in your lawn, read this article below:

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Will Ants Damage My Lawn?

Posted by Brian Gerber on Apr 22, 2021 11:36:07 AM

Will Ants Kill my Grass?

If you live in the Northeast, ants will not kill grass. In fact, they won’t even feed on grass. What they will feed on is anything sugary or protein-filled.  This can range anywhere from a cookie dropped in the lawn by your toddler to the carcasses of other dead insects around your yard. 

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What Do Moles Eat? It's NOT just Grubs!

Posted by Brian Gerber on Apr 1, 2021 12:58:44 PM

Mole Myths: Moles eat MORE than just Grubs!

Have you ever had moles wreak havoc on your lawn? If so, you know just how time consuming of a fix it can be.  Many people believe that if they have a lawn service that includes grub control that this will eliminate moles. The reality? Grubs are only a part of a mole’s diet. 

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Lawn Fertilizing Cost - DIY vs Hiring a Professional

Posted by Dave Schwarm on Mar 17, 2021 9:27:36 AM

Many people are challenged with the decision of whether to fertilize their own lawn or hire a professional to fertilize it for them.

We’ll go over the pros and cons of both options and break down the costs for you.

Most people who fertilize their own lawn do it with the goal of saving money. It's important to think about your time investment here as well.  After all, you know how the saying goes... time is money

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Pink Snow Mold vs Gray Snow Mold

Posted by Brian Gerber on Mar 12, 2021 12:33:45 PM

What is snow mold? It's a fungus that affects cool season grasses and is found after spring snow melt.

The conditions that are favorable to snow mold is when we have heavy snow fall on cool season grasses in years when the first snow fall is on ground that is not yet frozen.

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Tunnels in My Lawn When the Snow Melts [Voles?]

Posted by Brian Gerber on Mar 11, 2021 1:38:48 PM

We had a decent amount of snow fall this past winter and as all of this snow melts, we are hearing from several customers who are seeing series of small trail systems all over their yard. 

What are they? If this trail system is on the surface of your lawn, the odds are good that you have voles (or field mice) in your yard.  Their "highway system" will show signs of trampled grass from repeated use. What is the reason we are seeing this now? Snow melt.

A warm ground plus about 6 inches of snow pack throughout winter creates the perfect habitat for voles.  Snow acts as ground insulation and temperatures between the ground and snow usually linger around 32 degrees. Their protected tunnel system minimizes their time out in the open exposed to predators. 

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Moles vs Gophers vs Voles

Posted by Dave Schwarm on Feb 17, 2021 1:21:31 PM

Everyone knows that moles can dig tunnels and cause damage but did you know that voles and gophers are also diggers and can do significant damage to a lawn?  

Determining which you have depends a lot on which part of the country you live in but we'll point out some of the major differences below:

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Top 5 benefits of Snow for Your Lawn

Posted by Dave Schwarm on Feb 11, 2021 9:08:01 AM

Does snow fertilize a lawn?

Have you ever heard the old adage that snow is Poor Man's fertilizer? Well, it actually is!  But not to the extent that you would find in a standard application of fertilizer.

Snow, rain, sleet, lightning and hail all collect Nitrogen, Sulfur and other nutrients as they pass through the atmosphere. It brings these nutrients to the ground, then your soil and then your grass. 

While you can't count it as a full application, snow can supply up to 5 pounds of nitrogen per acre of land throughout a season. 

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