Lawns in the Shade? Really?

Are lawns supposed to be in the shade?  No, not really.  Yet, as you gaze out the window at your landscape, even in winter, many lawns are covered in shade.  Even in winter, even without tree leaves to cast a shadow.  How did this happen?   First, how it happened.  The most likely scenario is…

Summer Lawn Care

The heat of summer is upon us and along with it comes a number of lawn issues that are dealt with differently than in spring and fall.  First, watering.  The two most important guidelines to remember are 1. Water to the bottom of the roots and 2. Keep the roots moist, not soggy or dry. …

Winterizing Your Lawn

Don’t let the lawn go to pot; give it just a little more care before the snow flies

Now What?

If you are like many of the Metro area readers your landscaped has been attacked by the Japanese beetles. Now what do you do? Plants are stressed and one of the first things we think of doing is “feed” the plant.  So we reach for our favorite fertilizer and give our plants a good “feeding”. …

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…

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…