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How to Calibrate a Drop Spreader

Calibrate your drop spreader every year or two to ensure accurate usage (and a great-looking lawn). Using a drop spreader, you apply fertilizer to a narrow band of grass directly below the spreader. The [more…]

How to Calibrate a Broadcast Spreader

A broadcast spreader is more difficult to calibrate than a drop spreader is because you can’t catch the fertilizer as it’s being thrown out. Broadcast spreaders throw fertilizer over a wide area of your [more…]

How to Choose the Right Mower for Your Lawn

Having the right lawn mower can make the job so much easier. Basically, you can choose from two types of lawnmowers, rotary and reel, with a number of variations of each. Either is type of mower is available [more…]

Leveling and Fixing Uneven Spots in Your Lawn

In cold-winter climates, freezing and thawing causes soil to heave and become bumpy and uneven. Even earthworms can cause your lawn to become uneven, by leaving castings on soil surface. If you have a [more…]

Strategies for Dealing with Lawn Weeds

A completely weed-free lawn is impractical, if not impossible. A beautiful lawn that includes a few weeds is both practical and possible — and acceptable. Most people prefer to keep weeds to a minimum. [more…]

How to Use Lawn Herbicides

You must use lawn herbicides carefully. Most of these products kill desirable plants as well as weeds. For example, tree roots and shrubs growing near the lawn can absorb some herbicides, such as dicamba [more…]

How to Control Insects that Attack Your Lawn

After you figure out what type of insect pest is creating problems for your grass, you have many treatment choices, including ones that don’t rely on strong insecticides and have a low impact on the environment [more…]

7 Lawn Pests and What to Do about Them

Even if you follow strict lawn maintenance procedures and plant the right type of grass for your climate, you can still run into trouble. Following are seven of the most troublesome and common lawn insect [more…]

How to Prevent Fungus from Damaging Your Lawn

There's a fungus among us—or rather, in your lawn. Fungi cause many — in fact, almost all — lawn diseases. To thrive, a fungal disease needs the right plant to infect, the right conditions — temperature [more…]

How to Identify Lawn Diseases

Here’s the cold, hard truth about lawn diseases — most are very difficult to identify properly. Lawn diseases are hard to tell apart and easy to confuse with other problems, such as insect damage and even [more…]

Dealing with Gophers and Moles in Your Lawn

Gophers and moles can be a real threat to a lawn. Digging, burrowing, trashing the whole lawn — don’t these critters have anything better to do? People often confuse moles and gophers, even though these [more…]

Choosing Lawn-Friendly Trees for Your Yard

You can grow almost any tree successfully in a lawn, provided you properly take care of the tree and the lawn. You can prune densely growing tree branches to let more light through so that grass can grow [more…]

How Much Fertilizer to Apply to Your Lawn

Fertilizer recommendations are based on the amount of actual nitrogen a lawn needs in a year. The amount of grass fertilizer you decide to apply should take into account several factors, including the [more…]

How to Identify Common Lawn Weeds

No one likes a weedy lawn. Following are 16 of the most troublesome lawn weeds, with information to help you identify and control them, so you can have the nicest most weed-free lawn on the block: [more…]

Where to Plant Cool-Season Grasses

Generally, cool-season grasses are best suited for moist, northern climates, where summers, although warm, are relatively short, and winters are cold. Such grasses also do well in high elevations with [more…]

How to a Patch a Dead Section of Lawn

Small dead spots are a fact of life for most lawn owners. A number of things can cause the spots, including spilled gas or fertilizer, insect damage, or dog urine. Whatever the cause, patching a dead spot [more…]

Part of the Series: Lawn Care and Maintenance: 6 Ways to Improve Your Lawn

Designing a Low-Maintenance Lawn

Having a low-maintenance lawn isn't impossible. It's all in the design. Of course, a small lawn is easier to care for than a large one, but there are other things you can do to make a lawn easy to maintain [more…]

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Don't Want a Lawn? Try These Alternatives

Face it. Dry climates, such as the desert Southwest, and the amount of water that a lawn needs make having a lawn out of the question for some people. Here are some more usable or low-maintenance alternatives [more…]

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Planting a New Lawn from Seed

Starting a lawn from seed is the least expensive way to transform your home or garden with a new lawn. Find information and step-by-step instructions on how to turn grass seed into a lush, beautiful lawn [more…]

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Controlling Weeds before You Plant Your Lawn

If you have decided that you are ready for a total lawn makeover, your first order of business should be to get rid of the weeds. Most professional landscapers will tell you that the best way to get rid [more…]

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How to Overseed Your Lawn

If you live in a hot-summer, mild-winter area where warm-season grasses predominate, you can overseed the lawn with cool-season grasses, which keep the lawn green all winter. Because annual ryegrass fills [more…]

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Farming with the Urban Sun

The urban farmer has to remember that urban environments typically experience higher temperatures than suburban areas because the paved surfaces that abound in urban areas lead to a lot more sunlight penetration [more…]

Farming with Seasonal Urban Wind Patterns

Understanding wind flow and how it affects your landscape may be useful to you in your sustainable farming efforts. Perhaps you would like to screen against harsh winter winds or channel in a cool summer [more…]

How to Create Urban Garden Art from Recycled Materials

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure! You can sustainably reuse many materials as garden features in your outdoor room or urban garden, from old skis and bicycles to antique furniture and bed frames [more…]

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