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Woman using Toro push lawn mower to maintain grass in extreme heat

How to Maintain Grass in Extreme Heat

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We suggest the following tips and tricks in order to maintain a healthy, intact lawn during the extreme heat of the summer.

Man mowing lawn with Toro mower in Fall

Improving the Health of Your Lawn

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Let’s face it: when you live in the suburbs, a healthy, well-kept lawn is a must.  Before anyone even steps into your house, it’s your front lawn that makes the first impression of your home.  So what’s something that can help keep your lawn healthy?  Many people seem to forget about aeration.   What is Aeration? Aeration, or aerification, is a method of perforating your lawn with small holes to allow…

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Fertilizer Basics for Reducing Lawn Maintenance

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Grasses require at least 16 different essential elements for healthy growth, most of which are provided by the grass’s surrounding environment.  However, three of these elements, nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K), are needed in larger quantities and may require you to apply fertilizer to sustain healthy, vigorous turf. Nitrogen (N) Nitrogen is the mineral nutrient required in the greatest quantity.  Not only is nitrogen responsible for enhancing the…

Little boy smiling sitting in grass

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…

The earth sitting in long grass

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…

Man using measuring tape and scissors in grass to set the right mowing height

Setting the Right Mowing Height

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What Happens When You Cut Short There are several reasons not to cut your grass too short. Grass grows from the crown, not the blade tips, a trait that makes grass ideal for lawns.  Grass keeps growing despite regularly cutting off the upper stem, leaf sheath, and blades. Why Cut Long Keeping grass longer allows its greater surface area to carry out photosynthesis,  which in turn results in healthier plants….