Voracious Vigorous Voles

They look like mice with short tails, but what problems do voles pose for our landscapes? These guys are granivores, so people that feed birds will naturally have more voles in their yard because bird seed is a whole bunch of grain that falls to the ground as the birds partake. It’s the fallen grain…

Top 10 Lawn Problems

When David Letterman does a 10 ten list, most people laugh.  However, if he did a top 10 list on your lawn, you probably wouldn’t think it was too funny.  You might be listening, but not laughing.  From a horticulturist’s standpoint, here is my top 10 list for common lawn problems: [these are in reverse…

Black Medic

Black medic Medicago lupulina is an annual weed that plagues the lawn every year.  Right now you can go out in most open areas and you will be greeted with bright yellow pin size yellow flowers.  Black medic is a member of the bean family so it will add nitrogen back into the soil.  We…

White Clover

White clover (Trifolium repens) is probably one of the most commonly known and easily identified weed along with wild violets and dandelions.  Most people fall under two camps with this plant.  They either love or hate it.  Native to Europe white clover was brought over with the early settlers.  After escaping cultivation it easily established…

Tough Places to Grow Turf

As versatile as lawn grasses may be, there are many locations where they just won’t flourish.  In general, a lawn needs at least 5 hours of sun each day, a large uninterrupted area, well-drained soil, and a relatively flat grade or slightly rolling topography.  Slopes, shade, compacted soils, heavy foot traffic, and poor air circulation…