Zoysiagrass: How to Grow and Care for It

Zoysiagrass is a popular turfgrass for many homeowners in the southern and middle sections of the country. Are you looking for a dense stand of turf? That’s Zoysia. Do you prefer a fine-bladed lawn? Zoysiagrass has you covered. Prefer a thicker-bladed lawn instead? Yes, there are varieties for that, too. Zoysiagrass (or Zoysia, for short) … Read more

How Can You Tell if You Have Compacted Soil?

If your brown lawn isn’t improving with water and fertilizer, it might be suffering from compacted soil. But how can you tell if you have compacted soil and not some other grass ailment? From difficulty digging to poor drainage, compacted soil has a few tell-tale signs. We’ll show you how to fix compacted soil so … Read more

How Do You Grow Your Own Sod?

Your lawn looked fantastic until Fido decided it was digging time. When you need to replace a bare patch of lawn with turf, homegrown sod is a speedy and relatively easy landscaping solution. From increasing your property value to preventing weeds, sod boasts a host of benefits, and growing your own sod can be a … Read more

Causes and Cures for Compacted Soil

From heavy foot traffic to over-tilling, there are many causes of soil compaction. Sometimes soil compaction can be a good thing, particularly for construction projects. But when it comes to the health of your lawn, soil compaction can do significant harm –– and we’ll show you how to fix it. This soil compaction guide covers … Read more

12 Common Summer Lawn Pests

If you’re watering your lawn, but those brown patches won’t seem to get any greener, you might be dealing with a common summer pest. But how can you tell the difference between damage from pests, drought, and lawn disease? Pests are gross, irritating, and can damage your lawn, trees, and garden beds. Learn how to … Read more

How Earthworms Help Your Lawn and Soil

Earthworms may feel a little slimy, but their reputation in the lawn is far from it. In fact, once you learn how earthworms help your lawn and soil, you might start to encourage them. Earthworms are essential for a healthy lawn. These invertebrates help improve soil fertility, improve drainage, and encourage root growth. But remember, … Read more

Yard Work Safety Tips

Yard work might be described as “back breaking,” but that shouldn’t be taken literally. In the past 10 years, emergency rooms reported almost 3.2 million injuries related to lawn care. Put down the pruning shears and read on for health and safety tips for landscaping. We’ll cover everything you need to know to prepare for yard work … Read more

What is Scalping a Lawn and When Should You Do It?

Lawn scalping strikes fear into the hearts of many tall-grass-loving homeowners. But there are times when scalping will promote the health of your lawn. Before you set your mower at its lowest setting, learn more about what scalping is and when it can encourage healthy growth in your lawn. What is scalping a lawn? To scalp … Read more

How to Create a Microclimate

If conditions aren’t ideal in your yard, join the club — the microclimate club. Microclimates are areas in the yard with slightly different climates than the surrounding area. So, how do you create a microclimate? Chances are, you already have several. It’s not difficult and doesn’t require esoteric knowledge. We’ll show you how to make … Read more