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Lawn Care

Fertilizers

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Three numbers representing the ratio of Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium are indicated on the bag. The timely application of the appropriate ratios of fertilizer is crucial to the balance of root growth vs. top growth. High nitrogen rates in the spring and summer force an unwanted top growth surge at the expense of rootgrowth, therefore, low nitrogen rates are recommended. High nitrogen rates in the late fall promote excellent root growth and early spring greening.  MORE…

Espoma 4 Step

We all want the beauty and satisfaction that comes with a lush, dark green lawn. But we want to obtain it without the use of potentially harmful chemicals. Our premium organic lawn foods give the gardener peace of mind; preventing unsightly weeds and feeding with long lasting organics that nourish the soil as well as the grass so your lawn is more resistant to heat, drought, and other stress. And both programs outlined below will produce quality results and a lawn that is safe for family and pets to romp & roll. MORE…

Fungi

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The symptoms of brown patch vary according to mowing height. In landscape situations, where mowing height is greater than 1″, brown patch appears as roughly circular patches that are brown, tan, or yellow in color and range from 6″ to several feet in diameter. The affected leaves typically remain upright, and lesions are evident on the leaves that are tan in color and irregular in shape with a dark brown border. When the leaves are wet or humidity is high, small amounts of gray cottony growth, called mycelium, may be seen growing amongst affected leaves. MORE…

Annual Bluegrass [Poa annua L.]

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is a light green bunch-type to slightly spreading winter annual weedy grass. Some subspecies exist which are classified as short-lived perennials (Poa annua ssp. reptans). distributed throughout the United States and tolerates all mowing heights. It grows vigorously in cool, moist weather and often forms extensive patches. Hot dry weather causes it to die and leave unsightly bare areas in good turf. (No selective weed killer works you must use glyphosate) MORE…

Seeding

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The success achieved with growing and maintaining a healthy lawn is directly related to the quality of the grass seed and it’s genetic capability of providing (1) a desirable blade of grass; (2) sturdy root structure; (3) the ability to be drought tolerant and disease & insect resistant. Choose only “named” variety seeds containing at least a portion of “turf-type” tall fescue. Successful seed germination is achieved by conducting moisture and warmth to the seed. MORE…

Watering

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A healthy lawn results from a root system that is cool & moist and blades of grass that are dry. Frequent moisture on blades of grass at the wrong time make them susceptible to fungus. MORE…

Broadleaf Weed & Crabgrass Controls

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Broadleaf Weed & Crabgrass Controls: Proper timing and application procedure is necessary for most effective results. Crabgrass and Broadleaf weeds are not treated in the same manner.

Crabgrass results from over-wintering seeds that germinate when soil temperature starts to warm in the Spring. MORE…

Lime/Moss

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The purpose of applying lime to the lawn or garden is to raise the ph level of soil that has become tooacidic into more neutral range, which will enable fertilizer to work properly and become moreavailable to plants. Lime can be applied any time of the year,but some experts advise keeping applicationsof lime and fertilizer at least one week apart. MORE…

Lawn Fungus

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Lawn disease seems to appear from nowhere and spread rapidly. The most common diseases are red thread, dollar spot and brown patch. Unfortunately, these diseasesare difficult to control because the fungus causing the disease is a Fungus1plant-like organism that lives in close quarter with its host, the grass. Fungi spread via tiny powder-like spores. MORE…

Lawn Insects & Grub

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Grub Control: White grubs are the immature stage of Japanese Beetles, Oriental Beetles, European Chafers, Asiatic Garden Beetles and others. The adult Japanese Beetle lays its eggs in early to mid-summer and by August the young larvae are feeding on turf grass roots. In the fall the larvae move deeper in the soil (2-6″) where they stay for the winter. MORE…

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White grubs are turf pests found throughout long Island . It is not uncommon to find 6 or more grubs per square foot feeding on grass roots. Heavily infested turf wilts or dies, often leaving the lawn feeling soft and spongy. Grubs may feed for several months before any turf damage becomes visible. Severely damaged turf may be rolled back like a carpet because its root system has been destroyed. Bluegrass and bent grass are the varieties most seriously attacked, but all grasses are susceptible. MORE…

This is one grass that can drive you nuts

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I have a serious nut grass problem. I redid the lawn last year and thought I killed it all off. But it’s back. Please help. Gaspar Saladino, Plainview. Your nut grass problem is an unfortunate one. Nut grass, or nutsedge, has the distinction of being listed as the worst weed known to man in “The World’s Worst Weeds: Distribution and Biology” (Krieger Publishing, 1991). It is considered a noxious weed in more than 100 countries, spreading via seeds, tubers and rhizomes. MORE…

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