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Do I Have Lawn Fungus?

How to Deal with Grass Fungal Diseases in Your Lawn

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Lawn fungal diseases take on a variety of forms – from dead-looking brown patches to highly visible spots, threads, rings, or slimes. And once they strike your yard, grass fungal diseases can be difficult to treat.

Fortunately, the right lawn care practices can go a long way toward prevention and treatment; and in severe cases, a fungicide can help eradicate the spores to keep it from spreading. Here are some tips for preventing and treating fungal diseases in your lawn.

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Mowing your grass too low can encourage fungal disease.

Causes of Lawn Fungal Disease

Your lawn is naturally full of fungi and spores, some harmless and some problematic, but the right (or wrong) conditions can cause grass fungus to erupt into a harmful disease. The most common causes of a lawn fungal disease are:

  • Drought
  • Improper mowing (especially mowing too low)
  • Compacted soil
  • Overwatering
  • Too much fertilizer (or using the wrong kind)
  • Wrong grass type for your yard
  • Weather conditions (particularly temperature and humidity)

How To Identify Lawn Fungal Diseases

Signs that your lawn may have a fungal disease include:

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Brown patch of dead grass in lawn.

  • White, yellow, or brown patches or rings that grow in diameter.
  • Thin patches of frayed, distorted, or discolored grass blades.
  • Gray, black, red, orange, or purple spots on blades or stems.
  • Gray, black, or pink powdery or threadlike...
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3 Ways to Make Your Home More Attractive on a Budget

Renovating your home can be a costly task. However, there are many ways to work within your budget to make your house feel like a home. Landscaping teams can renovate your lawn while you work on the interior design. Here are a few quick tips to help you get the right idea.

Manicure Your Yard

A well-manicured yard can increase the value of your home and can also make it pleasant to see when you pull in the driveway. A skilled team can do something as simple as cutting the grass or planting new trees. You can maintain the grass yourself; however, help from the pros will give you guidelines to not break the bank. No matter what climate you live in, you can benefit from a well-kept lawn. Shorter grass keeps away unwanted pests and provides a great landscape that you'll be proud to show off.

Clean Your Driveway

When you want to spruce up your driveway, give it a good cleaning and perform regular maintenance in order to keep it looking attractive. You can also look to repave your driveway with asphalt, paver stones, or cement for a smoother ride. The entrance to your house is important and can be taken care of with the help of professionals. A cleaner driveway also gives you more room to have guests park and can boost your social lifestyle. If you have kids, they can play on the uncluttered driveway safely under supervision instead of spending all their time inside.

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3 Outdoor Improvements to Make Your Home the Envy of the Block

 

When it comes time to renovate and improve your home, it's easy to forget about the exterior. However, the exterior is the first part of your home that others will see. Taking the time to work on your yard and home, or hiring someone to do it for you will not only make your home more appealing, but it will also increase your home's value.

Manicure Your Lawn

You never have a second chance to make a first impression, and a well-manicured lawn can add appeal to the overall appearance of your home. Begin your yard improvement by removing debris from the yard and evaluating the number of lawn ornaments you have. Repair and freshen up your sidewalks, driveways and patios by pulling weeds, fixing cracks and using a pressure washer on them. Trim the bushes and trees and replace the grass in thin areas, leveling out any uneven areas during this process. Plan an outline for adding decorative flowers and plants that will complement each other and bloom at different times of the year.

 

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Outdoor Entertainment

When people are looking at your home, they will take note of any inviting outdoor areas you possess. A screened porch or patio, pergola, hot tub, fire pit and sporting or play areas all add to the attractiveness of a home. If you are thinking about adding any outside entertainment, be sure to think about the different seasons of the year. You will want your outdoor area to be able to accommodate the right activity even during harsh...

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4 Tips for Keeping Pests Out of Your Garden

Having a home garden can be a great option for anyone that has a green thumb or wants to grow their own produce. While having a home garden can be a great experience, many people will find that keeping pests out can be a challenge. Fortunately, there are four tips that can be followed to keep pests out of your garden.

Introduce Beneficial Insects

While most people want to keep insects out of their garden, they can actually be beneficial when it comes to controlling pests. Direct Energy explains that aster, petunias, polygoniums, and St. John’s Wort are good at attracting hunting spiders, which will remove pests for you. If the idea of bringing in spiders doesn’t sit well with you, then try to attract ladybugs. Ladybugs like cosmos, sunflowers, yarrow, fennel, goldenrod, and marigolds. These insects, and certain types of plants, are shown to be able to help control your pest population. Some of the best plants that can prevent certain pests include marigold and lemon thyme.

Natural Pest Sprays

If you are trying to keep pests out, it can be easy to try to go to the gardening store and buy the most effective sprays possible. However, these sprays are often full of toxins and can be dangerous. Because of this, chemicals should only be saved for professional use. Instead, you should use more natural pest sprays. doTERRA explains that certain essential oils can be used to deter insects when used right.

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3 Ways to Up Your Curb Appeal

Photo by Chris Gonzalez from PexelsYour home is your biggest investment, but while it’s tempting to focus on making the inside attractive and comfortable, the exterior needs your attention, too. The kind of outdoor beauty that makes you proud to call a property your own isn’t born, it’s made. It requires a commitment to good maintenance, an eye for design and a focus on detail. If your home's curb appeal needs a boost, try these three top tips.

Landscaping

Landscaping doesn’t have to be expensive or fussy, but experts agree that addressing dead spots on the lawn is a must. Whether it's suffered drought damage or has areas where greenery won’t grow because of shade or leaf drop, the remedy is simple.

For brown spots, remove any remaining thatch, and reseed the area with a grass seed that’s compatible with the rest of the lawn. New growth should show in a few weeks.

 

Invest in a fertilization and weed control program that includes annual core aeration and overseeding. This, along with proper mowing height, will ensure a lawn that gets noticed.

For areas with little no sunlight where nothing wants to grow, design in a special feature. Rock walls and artificial ponds are good choices. You can also consider growing an inexpensive shade garden with plants that thrive in less light. Remember that native gardens are designed to grow in the local climate. They are a great option for a beautiful, low-maintenance landscape.

 

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Snow and it's Effects on Landspace Plants

Snow and it's Effect on Landscape Plants

 

Like many things, too much or too little of anything can be bad. The same can be said of snow. 

On the one hand, snow can be extremely beneficial to landscape plants. A blanket of snow can act as an insulator, protecting the roots of your landscape plants. This can save them from the heave of the freeze and thaw, which happens often here in the Midwest. When the ground fluctuates between frozen and thaw, the roots of many plants can be forced out of the ground, and this will have a detrimental effect on your plants, possibly killing them. 

Another huge benefit of snow is the moisture. Snow provides much-needed water to plant roots, both during the Winter season and well into the Spring growing season. If there is a slow warm up, this water is available for a long period of time and is very manageable for plants to take up. Much of the water soaks into the underground aquifer and becomes available later in the season.

Our last few winters have been seriously lacking in snow, and it was evident once Spring hit. Many plants were weakened from a drought state over the winter and never recovered. So if lack of snow is an issue, don't forget that your plants still need water!

On the other hands, too much snow can affect your plants in other destructive ways. Too much moisture can lead to soggy areas, which in turn are more prone to problems with the freeze and thaw....

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Our new website has been launched live!

We would like to announce our new website has been launched! We are very excited about new and existing customers being able to find us online, learn about our services and get in contact with us.

Come back often for great lawn care and landscaping information!

Part of our new website is a blog that we'll be utilizing to provide you with lawn care tips, reminders and other great lawn and landscaping information. We encourage you to join in and comment on our posts with your questions, opinions and requests.

The new site will continue to grow!

Since we just launched the website, there are many things we'll be adding into the future. When you see or talk to us, let us know what you think! Your feedback is important as we strive to offer the best lawn service possible.

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