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Lawn Care Tip: Sod over Seed
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Lawn Care Tip: Sod over Seed

Choosing whether to sod or seed your landscape can be a tough decision. But as with any decision, you should definitely be well-informed as to the benefits of each choice. Sod is a popular choice because of its convenience; however there are other aspects to consider. Sod can be much more expensive than seeding because...

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DuPont to recall, stop selling herbicide

In a statement on Thursday, DuPont said it is in talks with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on “the most effective way to implement our recommendation of a voluntary suspension of sale of DuPont Imprelis herbicide, and a product return and refund program.” It said the talks are intended to “assure full transparency of important...

West Nile Virus is Here!
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West Nile Virus is Here!

I was thinking of doing a West Nile Virus blog but thought it may be just a little early to be thinking of mosquitoes. But I decided to look around to find some “be prepared” tips for the warmer weather. I was shocked when I saw the map on Pennsylvania’s official West Nile Virus website with a...

The Problem with Pests
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The Problem with Pests

Cockroaches, ticks, ants, mosquitoes, mice...certainly not images you conjure up when you picture "home, sweet, home". But such pests are attracting greater public attention because of the increasing health risks they pose to American adults and children.

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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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...