Category Archives: Cultural Practices

Damage from Voles

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Homeowners are often unaware of the activity occurring beneath the snow, until damage becomes apparent with snow melt in March or April. When the snow recedes and the turf first becomes visible in the spring, vole damage can appear dramatic, especially when coupled with other issues such as low temperature injury or snow mold. Tracks [...]
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Liming

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Lime is a valuable soil amendment that helps plants and lawns flourish by raising soil pH. A low soil pH, or acidic soil, is often the underlying problem when it comes to many common lawn and garden problems. But even with a healthy lawn or garden, liming can improve soil quality, helping plants and grass [...]
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Moss Management

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Commonly mistaken as a weed, moss is a plant that does not kill grass.  But it does out compete it.  Moss can out-compete lawns when the conditions are better for moss than for grass. Moss prefers sites that have poor drainage and are shady and damp with acidic soil. Moss is also not a fungus, as mold is, another common misnomer.  Eradicating [...]
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Fall Lawn Fix Up

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Fall is the time of year that you should give your lawn the revitalization and repair it deserves. Treatments done in the Fall are investments in the lawns long-term health and overall appearance. They help the lawn to thrive throughout the year. Most people do not think to put so much time and energy into [...]
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Drought Conditions Affecting Your Lawn

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When temperatures rise and water becomes scarce, even the healthiest lawn can succumb to drought stress. Drought stress is common in Massachusetts where long stretches of dry weather can be accompanied with high temperatures, soil compaction, high winds and water bans. The combination of these conditions can result in lawns that are visibly stressed.  Signs [...]
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7 Benefits to a Healthy Lawn

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Did you know that managed landscapes including the everyday lawn also provides a host of benefits? What are the benefits of a lawn? Filters & Captures Runoff Grass slows down and absorbs runoff. Rainwater filtered through a healthy lawn can be 10 times less acidic than water running off a hard surface Reduces Heat Grass [...]
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