Make your current shade problem area a showpiece
“There are many areas affected by too much shade. Grass will not grow if it does not receive sufficient sunlight. A great way to turn that problem area around is to put in shade garden. Hosta’s, astilbe, ferns, yews, hemlocks, impatiens, periwinkle are just a few plants that thrive in the shade. A water feature or fountain is also a great place to turn your eyesore into a show piece.”
Is mulch good for my trees? Yes.
“Two to three inches of mulch keeps down weeds, thus eliminating competition for water. In addition, much water that otherwise would be evaporated by the sun can soak down through a layer of mulch to the soil around tree roots. Mulching trees also helps keep their roots cooler in hot weather”.
Mowing tips
“Lawn mowing heights should range from 2.5 inches to 3 inches in height. Never cut more that 1/3 of the total height of the leaf off per mowing. Important nutrients are put back when mulching into the turf and it is beneficial for the environment. Bagging the lawn becomes necessary if the turf is rapidly growing and thatch build up will occur if too high.”
Aeration, why?
“Aerating your lawn has multiple benefits for your lawn. Aerating opens up the turf, to allow water, air and fertilizer to penetrate the thatch layer and get down to the root system where it is needed. It is the key to getting the most out of your fertilizer applications and watering.”
Is grub control necessary?
“Make the very small investment of a preventative grub control application. Grubs feed on the roots of the turf and have the ability to wipe out a lawn in a day or two. The return on investment makes this an easy decision as the result of not putting down a preventative is possibly replanting your entire lawn.”
Avoid putting salt on concrete
“Salt can damage your concrete and grass along your drive or walk. Make sure to use a Potassium Chloride or Calcium Chloride product instead of salt. These products will reduce or eliminate scaling of concrete and the need to replace the turf every spring."

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