Beneficial Insects
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Create a Garden to Attract Beneficial Insects

To encourage high beneficial insect populations design your garden to incorporate a variety of flowering plants rich in nectar and pollen.  Choose cultivars with easily accessible polle… Read more »

What's Under Your Soil?
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Work on the Down Low to Improve What’s on Top

Horticulturists agree that time spent improving what is happening below the surface of a lawn greatly reduces the time needed to maintain what is on top of it.  The ideal soil for grass meets f… Read more »

Planting a new lawn—step-by-step
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How Much Seed to Use When Overseeding

Seed Type Pounds* per 1,000-square feet Bluegrass 1 to 2 Tall fescue 4 Perennial ryegrass 4 Fine fescue 2 2 *Note: some experts recommend exceeding these amounts.… Read more »

Building Fertility - Lime Pellets
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Applying Lime

For acidic soils, use pelletized lime to minimize dust and ensure uniformity.  You can mix finely ground limestone with a water-soluble binder to form pellets.  Use a drop spreader to appl… Read more »

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What to Wear For Pest & Weed Control

Whether you’re using insecticides and herbicides derived from botanical, biological, or synthetic materials, take all basic precautions, including the use of goggles, disposable dus… Read more »

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Safe Pesticide Use

Use the least toxic, most target-specific chemical. Purchase the smallest amount needed to do the job. Do not mix more spray than you need—and stick to target areas only. Read the label care… Read more »

Amend soil
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What is a Soil Amendment?

Adding a soil amendment, also called a soil conditioner, helps improve plant growth and health.  The type of amendment or amendments added depends on the current soil composition, the clim… Read more »

Identifying Lawn Diseases
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Plant Disease Cycle

Photo Credit: University of Missouri Fortunately, it takes more than the presence of pathogens (disease-causing microorganisms) to bring on infection in lawns.  You also need a host—g… Read more »

Nematode - Biological Insecticides
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Predatory nematodes attack lawn pests such as billbugs, sod webworms, and white grubs. Nematodes are parasites that kill hosts, such as this grub, within 48-hours.  Some nematodes attack… Read more »

Underground pests - Japanese Beetle
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Integrated Pest Management (IPM), an Eco-Friendly Approach

Too often people see insects as invaders to be attacked with various toxic chemicals.  While such actions may take care of the immediate problem, they usually create a host of others.  Toda… Read more »