Earth Day: All Year Long

What is Earth Day and what does it mean today? Earth Day 2021 is Thursday, April 22. The theme this year is “Restore the Earth.” If this year’s theme is “Restore the Earth,” it must mean that somewhere along the way – our actions have harmed the Earth. To me, this is the day weContinue reading “Earth Day: All Year Long”

High pH and its Effects on Your Plants

If your soil is in the alkaline range, you might need to seek help. Alkaline, or basic, is defined as any value on the pH scale (0-14) above a neutral of 7.0. Most alkaline soils are found in the western United States, where the pH of these soils can get as high as 10.0. AContinue reading “High pH and its Effects on Your Plants”

Low pH and its Effects on Your Plants

Is your soil acidic? Although this might sound bad, in some cases, it is actually what is best for your plant. Whether you are just a beginner, a seasoned professional, or farming for fun, understanding your soil’s pH is crucial to growing a healthy lawn or garden. If you find that your soil’s pH isContinue reading “Low pH and its Effects on Your Plants”

The Importance of Pre-Emergents and Weed Prevention

As the air warms up and we transition to springtime, you may notice some weeds beginning to “spring” up in your lawn. A pre-emergent herbicide is the most efficient way to rid your lawn of pesky weeds. Pre-emergent herbicides allow the weed to germinate but attach to it before it emerges. Once the cap rootContinue reading “The Importance of Pre-Emergents and Weed Prevention”

Treating an Abundance or Deficiency of Phosphorus

If you are shopping for fertilizer, you will see three numbers on the bag, N-P-K, which stands for Nitrogen (N) – Phosphorus (P) – Potassium (K). What is the secret recipe for the right fertilizer combination for your lawn or garden this year? There is no way to know unless you take a soil sampleContinue reading “Treating an Abundance or Deficiency of Phosphorus”

All About Organic Matter

I get a lot of questions about organic matter. What is it? Why do I need to monitor my organic matter levels? What is a good result and what is bad result? What do I do if my results are bad? Let’s begin by defining organic matter. According to the USDA, “Soil organic matter (SOM)Continue reading “All About Organic Matter”

Seasonal “Overseeding” Explained

Confession: I don’t overseed my lawn in the winter, but I absolutely love to see a green, lush yard in the middle of winter. It gives me the warm fuzzy feeling that warm season grasses can still be green in the dormant season. Nevertheless, when I dropped my kids off at school the other day,Continue reading “Seasonal “Overseeding” Explained”

Palisades Zoysia: Prepare For Dropping Temperatures

Enjoy your Palisades Zoysia lawn in the fall and prepare it for winter. This year I got to meet and speak to a lot of my neighbors. Our neighborhood was filled with families walking their children up and down the streets during the spring months. If you were like the millions of people that workedContinue reading “Palisades Zoysia: Prepare For Dropping Temperatures”

Is Your Dog Destroying Your Lawn?

Our four-legged friends steal our hearts, but they sure can wreak havoc on a yard and outdoor living space. Yellow patches, holes and damaged flower gardens are common problems dog owners deal with every day. Fortunately, there are solutions that don’t involve keeping your rambunctious pup indoors. Your Dog’s Restroom When it comes to fecalContinue reading “Is Your Dog Destroying Your Lawn?”

Is Overwatering Killing Your Grass?

Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Over the last week I have received numerous pictures of the same story….yellow spots in the lawns. My first question is, “How often and when do you water your lawn?” When the response is “everyday” during a period of long hot and wet days,Continue reading “Is Overwatering Killing Your Grass?”