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Organic Pesticides…What Works & What Doesn’t
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Organic Pesticides…What Works & What Doesn’t

In late January Dr. Galen Dively of the University of Maryland gave an overview of organic insecticides at the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Grower’s Conference. Did you miss it? I’ll try to provide a recap. Galen prefaced his remarks about specific products with these observations: In organic systems, insecticides are used as a tool of last...

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Irrigation Water Quality for Turfgrass Sites

Introduction Irrigation water quality, formerly a minor concern in the eastern United States, is becoming an important issue for managers of golf courses, athletic fields, and institutional grounds in Pennsylvania. With the demand for potable water increasing, pressure is being placed on users of irrigation water to considering using non-potable alternatives, such as recycled water....

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Soil Preparation for a Beautiful Lawn

Benefits of Proper and Complete Soil Preparation  Improved Uniformity Increased Density Faster recovery from wear Reduced Use of water, fertilizer, & chemicals Reduced Maintenance Quick Fact: Why Is Good Soil Important? For optimum growth, turfgrass needs just four things (in the proper balance) to grow…sunlight, air, water and nutrients. Reduce any of these, or provide too much of...

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Choosing The Right Grass For Your Yard

Choosing the right grass for your yard can make the difference between having a low-maintenance lawn and one that requires a lot of upkeep. Grass seed that grows slowly, thickens easily, and discourages weeds or other pests is important for a healthy lawn. Grasses vary in color, appearance, and growth habits. Determine how much time...

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Using Sawdust in Your Compost Pile

Most people who keep a compost pile  know about the typical things you can add to a compost pile. These things may include weeds, food scraps, leaves and grass clippings. But what about some of the more unusual things? Things that may not come out of your garden or your kitchen? Things like sawdust. These days, woodworking...

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Lawn Care – March

This time of year its good to get a nice slow release granular or liquid fertilizer application down now along with a crabgrass preventer. Broadleaf weeds should be taken care of now and throughout the year also. With all the acid rain our state gets it wouldn’t be a bad idea to lime the lawn...

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How To Prune Hemlock Trees

Hemlock trees are a popular conifer that is commonly used as either privacy shrubs or as visual anchor trees in the landscape. Most of the time, pruning hemlocks is not necessary, but occasionally weather damage, disease or competing main trunks on upright hemlocks can create the need for pruning hemlocks. Keep reading to learn how and...

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Tips for Choosing Lawn Edging

Lawn edging serves many purposes. Regardless of the landscape there is lawn edging that will match the needs with which it requires. Choosing one that complements the home will not only enhance its appearance but also increase its value. Selecting the right lawn edging for beds, borders, walkways, etc. will significantly reduce lawn maintenance, such...

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What is a Weed

Weeds are an all too common occurrence in lawns and gardens. A weed is known simply as “a plant in the wrong place.” Unfortunately, many weeds can be aggressive to the point of literally taking over such as dodder, ivy, or kudzu. These weeds have been known to take over plants as well as surrounding...

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