Brown Patch

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Brown Patch is a fungal disease that appears as straw colored or brown circular patches ranging in size from a few inches to several feet. Also known as “Frog Eye” or “Fusarium Blight”, the symptoms of Brown Patch can closely resemble that of drought stress, but Brown Patch is usually identifiable by a dark purple [...]
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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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Nutsedge

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Nutsedge is a perennial weed which over winters, meaning it will flourish year after year.  The root system is comprised on nutlets (like a bulb in your garden). These weeds stand taller than the grass in your lawn.  They are yellow to light green in color.  The key identifying feature for this weed is their [...]
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Dollar Spot

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Dollar Spot is a foliar disease that does not affect the crown and roots of your lawn, simply put it is merely cosmetic. Dollar Spot is characterized by small, round, straw-colored spots. Spots are generally 1-3 inches in diameter.  When the pathogen is active and dew is present, a white, cottony, or cobwebby growth is visible. The [...]
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Chilling Injury:  Spotty Leopard Print Pattern

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Are you seeing brown spots in irregular circular patterns in your lawn? Seeing spotty leopard prints and footprint-like spots in your grass after an early snowstorm or frost conditions? This anomaly is called “chilling injury”, and the reaction occurs with colder temperatures and heat dissipation. This does not happen often, but we witnessed this phenomenon [...]
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Chinch Bugs

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Chinch bugs are dark in color and have wings. They are almost microscopic in size, similar to the size of a sesame seed. The best way to tell in they are affecting your property is to look closely for movement in the lawn at the leading edge of the damaged area. Chinch bug damage often [...]
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Cicada Killer Wasps

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These wasps, despite their intimidating appearance, are really quite docile. They can fly all around you and never attack. However, we wouldn’t suggest you sit on one or try to crush one with your hands because then they may sting. Especially the females because they are known to have stingers, but the males do not [...]
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Crane Flies

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Crane flies can best be identified as looking like large, oversized mosquitos. The species found most commonly in Massachusetts have two flights per year. The first adults usually appear in the beginning of May and the second in the first few weeks of September. Crane flies prefer wet conditions, so making sure your lawn does [...]
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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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