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Ask Adam! Bugs the Word!

Ask Adam! Bugs the Word!

With the not so hard winter months, insects will be out in full force this year!  I’ve already seen mosquitoes out in mid March!  In this month’s Ask Adam article, I’d like to talk on using insecticides as a preventative, which will keep you much happier and bite free. Consider spraying your trees and shrubs several times this year, preferably 3 times.  If you apply insecticide similar to a liquid Seven, you will not only help prevent insects such as Japanese ...
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Watering New Turfgrass Sod When.....How....How Much

Watering New Turfgrass Sod When.....How....How Much

The first watering of newly installed turfgrass sod is the most important. Begin watering immediately after installation of new turfgrass. The first watering establishes how well the grass will perform for years to come. It is essential to begin watering new turf within a half hour after it is laid on the soil. Apply at least 1 inch of water so that the soil beneath the turf is very wet. Ideally, the soil 3 to 4 inches below the surface will be moist. For the next two weeks (or until...
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Ask Adam! Just say no to Grubs!

Ask Adam! Just say no to Grubs!

June or early July is the time of year to apply grub control to your lawn. Grub worms look like tiny, white shrimp that lay under your turf approximately 1-4” below the ground. They feed on the root system of your lawns turf as their food. A good identifier that you might have grubs is dead looking brown patches in your lawn. You might even have a mole problem. If you can peel back the turf, almost like carpet, you will probably be able to see these critters and identify them as white...
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Ask Adam! Are you Crabby because of Crabgrass?

Ask Adam! Are you Crabby because of Crabgrass?

Crabgrass is a common weed that infests home lawns in the Midwest. Crabgrass is a summer annual weed that germinates when soil temperatures reach and stay at 55 degrees F for 7-10 consecutive days. It begins flowering and setting seed in July and dyes with the first frost of fall. Crabgrass has tremendous survival reproductive capabilities. Because of this, it is unrealistic to expect a 100% crabgrass free lawn. You cannot eradicate crabgrass fully unless you either chemically control the...
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Ask Adam! Plug your lawn away!

Ask Adam! Plug your lawn away!

What Is Core Plug Aeration? Practically speaking, aeration is the process of mechanically removing small plugs of thatch and soil from the lawn to improve natural soil aeration. It’s commonly called “core aeration” in the lawn service industry, and you may have heard of it as soil cultivation (coring, spiking and slicing). Aeration is beneficial and should be performed annually. Heavily used lawns, or those growing on heavy clay or subsoils may need more than one aeration...
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Got Nutsedge?

Got Nutsedge?

Nutsedge is a common weed found in lawns and in most areas where grass can grow. It thrives in a variety of conditions and its presence often means that turf is stressed and less competitive due to poor drainage, too much irrigation, extreme heat and or an abundance of rain. Although grass-like in appearance, nutsedge can easily be identified by its triangular stem. You can roll the stem with your fingers and feel the distinctive triangular edge. The nutsedge will protrude above the canopy ...
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