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For most dog owners the relationship shared between human and canine is that of family. We take care of them like children; making sure they are healthy, happy, fed, and sheltered. In return our dogs give us years of loyal, unconditional love and enjoyment. Some of my fondest memories growing up in a rural farming community were of my dog, Jake, and I strolling through the fields, pheasant hunting in the meadows, and wrestling on the lawn. Lawn, the carpet of our landscapes, provides many such bonding experiences with our beloved pets.[...]
I’ve always loved this time of year. The days are cool and crisp, our visible breath curls and snakes through the air, and everywhere people are preparing to take a break from their landscape labors. And not only are people preparing to take a break, but our lawns and gardens are settling down for their winter naps as well. I’ve always thought of winter as the great equalizer. No matter what you’ve done to your yard during the summer, no matter the amount of work that we’ve managed to accomplish, we can count on winter to re-boot our landscapes.[...]
Many years ago I had the chance to manage a seven acre landscape of a high profile client. Prior to this opportunity the only experience I had in lawn care was mowing my grandmother’s lawn once a week, a job which was simple enough for any teen-aged boy to handle. The client whom I worked for expected nothing less than the best, and had absolutely no tolerance for dingy lawns, algae infested ponds, or the slightest leaf or flower out of place. And I was the only poor soul that managed those seven acres of lush, green hell.[...]
Crabgrass is probably the most common grass weed out there. It is nearly impossible to get rid of entirely, but there are a few things you can do to keep it from becoming a nuisance.
Here are some steps towards preventing and removing crabgrass.
As with all weeds, the number one crabgrass prevention is maintaining a healthy lawn. Make sure that your grass is thick enough to cover your yard. If the sun cannot contact the soil, crabgrass can't take root.[...]
Lawn grasses come in many different shades of green. Look at the lawns down your street this summer and I bet you see a patchwork of colors, varying from yard to yard. Some of this can be attributed to differences in fertilization, watering or even different species, but in most cases the best looking, darkest colored lawns are the ones that were seeded with elite varieties.[...]