Protecting Your Lawn From the Heat of Summer

Protecting Your Lawn From the Heat of Summer

Even here in New England, the summer months can get pretty hot. We might welcome all that warm sunshine, but too much of it can put serious stress on our lawns. During the months of July and August when the summer heat peaks, grass growth slows and brown patches emerge in places where grasses are… Read more »

Smart Home Technology Comes to Irrigation Control

Smart Home Technology Comes to Irrigation Control

Over the course of the past ten years, the idea of of the smart house has emerged from the pages of science fiction and found its way into our living rooms. These days, tech savvy homeowners can control everything from their HVAC systems to kitchen appliances and light fixtures at the touch of a button,… Read more »

Best Electric Lawn Care Tools of 2015

Best Electric Lawn Care Tools of 2015

Until recently, there wasn’t much good to say about electric alternatives to gas-powered lawn care equipment. They were typically grossly underpowered, and severely limited by short cords and batter lives. Today however, thanks to advances in lithium-ion battery technology, these electric lawn care implements have come a long way. Sure, you probably won’t be mowing… Read more »

Much Ado About Mulch

Much Ado About Mulch

Mulch is the icing on the cake of our flowerbeds and trees. It adds an aesthetically pleasing touch to landscaping projects that would otherwise look bare and unfinished. What many amateur lawn care enthusiasts don’t realize, however, is that mulch performs a number of important practical functions as well. We don’t just mulch because it… Read more »

Crabgrass Control 101

Crabgrass Control 101

Many homeowners are all-too familiar with this coarse, sprawling weed. Crabgrass is one of the most common invasive grass species in the world, and if left unchecked it can utterly overtake a lawn. Originally introduced in North America as a food source brought by Eurasian emigrants, crab grass has since outlived its usefulness and become… Read more »

5 Tips for Caring for Grass in Shaded Areas

5 Tips for Caring for Grass in Shaded Areas

A shaded lawn can make for a lovely setting to relax on a hot summer afternoon, but it can also present some unique lawn-care challenges. Most grasses require between six to eight hours of prolonged sunlight in order to thrive. Without enough light, grasses will thin, wither and have trouble recuperating from seasonal damage. By… Read more »

The Case for Overseeding

The Case for Overseeding

As your lawn ages, a number of factors can conspire to cause your grasses to thin and wither. Soil compaction can effectively suffocate root systems, drought can starve your lawn of water, and shade can make it difficult for certain grass species to thrive. If you find your lawn struggling with any of these issues,… Read more »

Understanding Chinch Bug Damage

Understanding Chinch Bug Damage

So you’ve diligently cared for your lawn, mowing and weeding and watering to keep it looking its very best, but you still notice brown patchy areas marring your otherwise well-manicured grass. You’ve adjusted your watering cycle to make sure your lawn is well hydrated, but it still exhibits symptoms of drought. If this struggle sounds… Read more »

Tips for Maintaining an Eco-Friendly Lawn

Tips for Maintaining an Eco-Friendly Lawn

As environmental concerns have come to the forefront of society’s collective consciousness, homeowners around the world have been making a concerted effort to mitigate their impact on local ecosystems. In the past decade, the “greenness” of lawns has taken on a whole new meaning to reflect this marked shift in priorities. In this entry, we’ll… Read more »

Controlling Ground Ivy in your Lawn

Controlling Ground Ivy in your Lawn

Ground Ivy, colloquially known as creeping Charlie, is a fast growing, highly invasive member of the mint family that can overtake an entire lawn if left unchecked. The plant’s extensive, hardy root systems make it very hard to effectively remove by hand. Some homeowners struggle year after year to maintain control over persistently creeping ground… Read more »

Tips for Saving Time and Money on Lawn Maintenance

Tips for Saving Time and Money on Lawn Maintenance

We know the condition of your lawn is important to you. We also know that you’d probably rather not devote all your surplus time and money to maintaining it during the growing months. Fortunately, you don’t have to. By working smarter rather than harder you can have a lush, green lawn without wasting away your… Read more »

This Spring, Revitalize Your Brown, Patchy Lawn

salt damage on lawn

  After spending a winter buried under a thick blanket of snow, your lawn is likely looking a little the worse for wear. But don’t resign yourself to living with a sad, tattered lawn just yet – with a minimal investment of time and energy, you can have your lush, green grass back in no… Read more »