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Most lawns take a bit of TLC to look and feel healthy and lush. We’re talking about how to distinguish between crabgrass and quack-grass, controlling chickweed and even what to do about stubborn fairy rings.

Grass

How to get rid of crabgrass and quackgrass

What’s the difference between crabgrass and quackgrass? To effectively get rid of weed grasses from the lawn it helps to understand their life cycle; this is a brief look at two common weed grasses. Crabgrass (Digitaria sanguinalis) is the annoying broad bladed light green grass with a rougher texture than lawn and turf grasses. Crabgrass […]

Green Clovers

How to get rid of clover in the lawn

Get rid of clover organically The best way to remove clover from your lawn is to get the grass to replace it. With a little persistence and effort, getting rid of clover is entirely possible and can be done without the use of chemicals. Depending how much clover has invaded your lawn, you could concentrate […]

Mushrooms in lawn

Fairy rings in the lawn

What are fairy rings? Fairy rings, also known as fairy circles or pixie rings in lawns and pastures may be caused by one of many species of fungi present in the soil but the mushroom fungus (specifically Maramius oreades) is usually the culprit. Fairy rings may or may not have mushrooms growing around their perimeter […]

Girl Blowing on a Dandelion

Dandelions in the lawn

The common dandelion (botanical name: Taraxacum officinale) is found in temperate regions all over the world. It is a tap-rooted biennial or perennial plant and is entirely edible in fact dandelion leaves are high in vitamins A and C, iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and copper, and may be used as salad greens. In spring before flowers appear, […]

Chickweed

How to control Chickweed

What is Chickweed? To get rid of chickweed it helps to understand the plant and its life cycle. This is a brief description of Common Chickweed (Stellaria media), how it grows and a few suggested methods of keeping it out of your garden, lawn and ornamental beds. Chickweed is a cool season annual plant native to Europe […]

Dew on Green Grass

When should I fertilize my lawn?

If you plan to fertilize only twice during the season, one application should be after the grass has come out of its winter dormancy, for the Calgary area that’s usually mid May. The second application should be in early fall after the heat wave season has passed, late August to September. Fertilizing the lawn in […]

Ladybugs are beneficial in the garden

Why is there moss on the lawn?

Moss grows best in shady moist conditions and can be a symptom of poorly drained areas of the lawn. Moss may appear in places where mower blades have scalped the lawn and where there’s no grass to compete, the moss establishes itself and takes over. Thatch Sometimes the problem is due to thatch, that nearly […]

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