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What to Do for Your Lawn Now

Once late-fall/winter weather arrives, you lawn will mostly rest until spring returns. Mowing, fertilizing and aerification are no longer needed, except perhaps for cool-season lawns that are still growing. However, weed control and periodic irrigation may be required. Follow the tips below to help keep your lawn healthy as the temperatures continue to drop.
• Tall […]

By |October 31st, 2017|General|Comments Off on What to Do for Your Lawn Now

Brown Patch on Tall Fescue Lawns

In our area, tall fescue (a cool-season grass) is one of the most popular lawn grasses, since it stays green year-round and has good tolerance to many environmental stresses. However, in general, the species is highly susceptible to a summertime disease called brown patch, caused by Rhizoctonia solani. This fungus causes tan, roughly circular patches […]

By |May 31st, 2017|General|Comments Off on Brown Patch on Tall Fescue Lawns

Managing Thatch on Lawns

Several varieties of lawn grasses (such as zoysiagrass, bermudagrass, St. Augustine and centipedegrass) are vigorous growers and produce large quantities of stems, rhizomes, stolons and roots that are resistant to decay. That layer of dead, non-decayed organic matter that develops between the green grass and the soil surface is called thatch.

A shallow layer (1/2” or […]

By |March 27th, 2017|General|Comments Off on Managing Thatch on Lawns

Is Your Lawn Sunny or Shady?

Most grasses need at least some sun to perform at their best, and several grasses — such as some varieties of warm-season grasses — require full sun (at least eight hours a day). So, before selecting a grass for your lawn, evaluate how much sunlight it receives during the day, especially during summer.

Heavily shaded lawns […]

By |February 28th, 2017|General|Comments Off on Is Your Lawn Sunny or Shady?

Your “Sleepy” Lawn Right Now

Much like some animals, most types of lawn grasses “hibernate” during winter, when their growth drastically slows during cold temperatures. Although cool-season grasses (tall fescue, bluegrass and ryegrass) remain green, most warm-season grasses (bermudagrass, zoysiagrass, St. Augustinegrass and centipedegrass) typically start to discolor and turn tan after average temperatures drop under about 50°F and particularly […]

By |January 31st, 2017|General|Comments Off on Your “Sleepy” Lawn Right Now

Non-Turf Lawns Can Backfire, As They Did in Los Angeles

A recent article published on Bloomberg.com illustrates the dangers of municipalities financially rewarding citizens who replace their lawn grass with an alternative surface, such as gravel. According to the article, the years-long drought in southern California spurred local water districts to offer a combined rebate of $3.75 per square foot for homeowners and businesses to […]

By |November 16th, 2016|General|Comments Off on Non-Turf Lawns Can Backfire, As They Did in Los Angeles

Buy Sod to Acquire Thomas Bros. Grass in Tennessee

Buy Sod, Inc. announces the acquisition of Thomas Bros. Grass located in Nashville, TN. Charles Harris, president of Buy Sod, Inc., states, “Nashville is a growing market with good long-term population growth and a healthy housing market. We are also excited to bring our specialty products to the golf and athletic market. Our purchase of […]

By |August 26th, 2016|General|Comments Off on Buy Sod to Acquire Thomas Bros. Grass in Tennessee

The Turf War — the Debate Over the Safety of Synthetic Turf Rages On

In yet another ominous report on concerns about crumb rubber in artificial turf, ESPN’s E60 series aired a 16-minute televised segment last fall. ESPN reporter Julie Foudy interviewed almost a dozen people involved with the issue, including three toxicologists, two soccer coaches who have first-hand experience with goalkeepers who have died from cancer, a current […]

By |February 12th, 2016|General|Comments Off on The Turf War — the Debate Over the Safety of Synthetic Turf Rages On

Buy Only Certified Sod!

Choosing certified sod is the only way you can be certain that the variety you receive is exactly what you paid for. All sod is required to have a tan state “Department of Agriculture” tag, which means only that the sod is free of fire ants. However, this tan tag does not qualify the sod […]

By |December 31st, 2015|General|Comments Off on Buy Only Certified Sod!

Artificial Turf Melts Athletic Shoe in Texas

Last month, the MSN Sports website posted an article — and a rather alarming photo — of the melted underside of a shoe worn in practice by a high school football player in Texas. The team plays on synthetic turf, which can get much hotter than natural grass.

To read the article and see the photo, […]

By |September 16th, 2015|General|Comments Off on Artificial Turf Melts Athletic Shoe in Texas