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Lawn Care Myths, Fallacies, and Other Observations

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Lawn Care Myths, Fallacies, and Other Observations
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I have seen it all when it comes to lawn care, often just driving through my neighborhood. Beautifully manicured, heavy input lawns, low maintenance but still healthy lawns, crabgrass infested lawns, shaggy lawns, scalped lawns. Why are some lawns nicer than others?Sure, a lot of it has to do with the work that goes into maintaining a lawn, but  a lawn can look great with relatively little maintenance. The world of lawn care is teeming with misconceptions, unscrupulous marketing campaigns, and other untruths and it's up to the consumer to know what's right.

10 Common Lawn Care Mistakes - Many common lawn care mistakes are actually practices that are ingrained in the psyche of the modern homeowner. Mistakes passed down through the generations with nothing but good intentions and misguided ways. From mowing too low and over watering, to misusing pesticides and taking it all too seriously, avoiding these mistakes will save money, time, and aggravation. Read more...

The Biggest Lawn Care Mistake - If you can only do one thing for your lawn, please quit mowing it so low. Never mind fertilizer, herbicides, four step programs, and all the other lawn care claptrap just quit mowing the lawn so low. Do you want a lawn full of weeds and crabgrass? Do you think you're saving yourself from the inevitable task of mowing the lawn again? Mowing the lawn too low harms the grass and causes weed infestations. Don't make this mistake. Read more...

Organic Lawn Care Myth Exposed! - Ask a naysayer about organic lawn care and they will give you a long list of reasons as to why it will never work.  One of the easiest targets is cost. Many people are convinced that organic lawn care is dramatically more expensive than conventional lawn care. There are reasons why one might think this, organic fertilizer needs to be applied in greater quantities for example, but in the long run this is just not true.  Read more...

It's All About The Soil - It's easy to get philosophical when talking about soil, it's the stuff of life after all. The very essence of plant health is directly related to the activity of microorganisms in the soil. Soil biology can account for a healthy lawn more than any other factor and building a healthy soil through topdressing with compost is one of the most beneficial practices you could do for your lawn. Read more...

Four Steps to a Healthy Lawn - Do you really think it's this easy? Do you hate lawn care enough to give in to the easiest possible program there is? The four step program is a simplified alternative to real lawn care, one that is reliant on chemical pesticides applied mostly to prevent problems brought on by the cycle of fertilizers and general lack of soil health. It's not wrong necessarily but there are important factors overlooked in it's simplicity, mainly long term soil health which leads to chemical independence. Read more...

Controversial Weed-N-Feed - The anger that a recent weed-n-feed ban in Canada has stirred up has been disturbing. People are taking it personal, vowing to purchase it illegally in the US and continue using it despite the growing evidence of it's detrimental effects on human health, pets, and the environment. Weed-n-feed should not be used because it is a product of convenience that doesn't jibe with normal lawn care practices or formal agronomic practices. Fertilizer is for fertilizing and herbicides are for killing weeds, they shouldn't be combined.  Read more...

5 Great Lawn Care Habits - Don't believe the marketing department's ad campaigns. They're only after your money. Doing lawn care correctly may not be as easy as one, two, three, four but it's not that difficult either. Following these five great lawn care habits will put your lawn in the right direction without being beholden to the lawn care industry. Read more...

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