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How to Design a Beautiful Yard That’s Mower-Friendly

How to Design a Beautiful Yard That’s Mower-Friendly

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One of the good things about fall is we get to start planning our lawns and landscapes for next year. Some of us may be thinking about ways to enhance a plain lawn, while others are looking for a way to make it easier to mow around beds, features, and plantings. These design tips will make it easier to mow while giving your yard a more finished, landscaped look. Planning…

Purchasing Seed

Purchasing Grass Seed

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There are two ways to purchase grass seed. One method is to visit the garden section of a retail store and pick out a package labeled with the intended use, such as “Shade Mix.” Alternatively, you can buy the latest cultivars and make up your own mix. Either way, you will still need to know the basics about purchasing seed, beginning with the terms species and cultivar. Species refers to…

Planting Your Lawn

Overseeding Southern Lawns for Winter Color

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Why Overseed? Warm-season grasses have a major drawback for homeowners—their color disappears when winter arrives! To have green grass in winter, some southerners overseed their lawns using cool-season grasses, such as fine fescue, bluegrass, or ryegrass.   How Does It Work? These annual cool-season grasses find a hospitable habitat among the dormant southern grasses and then die off with the return of warm weather in the spring.   What Are…

Five Ways To Finish Your Outdoor Projects Like A Pro

Five Ways To Finish Your Outdoor Projects Like A Pro

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(ARA) – What do those guys on the landscaping shows have that you don’t have? (Besides their own TV show, that is.) They have all the right tools to make their job easier, whether they’re building a deck, clearing brush to make way for a new patio or digging a hole for a backyard pond. Fortunately, you don’t need the budget of a television landscaping celebrity or the storage space of…

Planting Your Lawn

Methods of Planting a Lawn

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There are four methods of planting a new lawn: sod, seed, sprigs, and plugs. Sod Apply a starter fertilizer high in phosphorus, such as 2:1:1 or 1:1:1 ratio, then lightly water the area.  Have the pallets of sod delivered to a shady spot if possible and begin work immediately upon delivery of your order.  Sod can go bad quickly, especially if it heats up or dries out.  If you cannot…

Six Steps to Planting a New Lawn

6 Steps to Planting a New Lawn Successfully

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Planting a new lawn is a big job; it may be best to tackle the project in sections. You can begin this process by redoing the worst or most visible lawn areas, and then make plans to tackle the remaining areas the following year. Starting with smaller sections instead of the entire lawn keeps the job manageable and makes the critical step of watering feasible for homeowners who do not have…

Methods of Removing Turf

Methods of Removing Turf from a Lawn

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When planting a new lawn, the first step is to kill and remove any poor-quality turf. This process can be accomplished through several methods including solarization, heavy mulches, hoes or sod cutters, and herbicides. When selecting your method, keep your lawn and climate conditions in mind, as some methods may be a better fit for your lawn than others. Solarization: Cut the old lawn as close to grade as possible before you begin….

There are approximately 10,000 grass species in the world. Only about 50 can make a good lawn!]

Choosing the Right Grass

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Do not buy seed on impulse! Choosing the right grass for your lawn can make the difference between having a low-maintenance, environmentally-friendly lawn versus one that is susceptible to diseases, pests, and weeds. The type of seed you choose depends on several factors: What do you want your lawn to look like? Grasses vary in color, leaf width, habit (characteristic appearance), and density.  Grass color and texture vary by species and…

Which Grass Where

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If you read the research reports from various grass institutes, the number of cultivars of grass species will astonish you.  When you add in the numerous characteristics of each grass, and how each grows under different conditions, the task of selecting the best for your location and intended use can seem daunting.  In addition, with ongoing research, there are always new and improved cultivars.  Avoid confusion by contacting your Cooperative…

Cool-Season, Warm-Season, or Transition Zone

Cool-Season, Warm-Season, or Transition Zone

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There is no breed of grass able to thrive on both a Vermont ski slope and a Florida orange grove.  For this reason, grasses are divided into two main groups, cool-season, and warm-season, and then further divided into two subgroups,  transition zone and native. Cool-Season Grasses Cool-season grasses all thrive in northern areas, including Canada, as well as higher elevations farther south.  The main growing period for cool-season grass is in…