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Kerry Tai - May 27, 2014

During warm weather season, weeds will begin to sprout from the seeds in the soil or they can be carried in from other areas. There are many types of weeds that your lawn can encounter during the spring season, but one of the most common types of weed is dandelions. What are Spring Dandelions? Dandelions can be classified as either a bea...

Kerry Tai - May 20, 2014

Spring is here, but so are the varieties of grass that will be emerging from your lawn. During early spring season, you might encounter clumps of very tall seed stalks around mowed grass area. Although Dalligrass is a common spring lawn problem in southern areas of the United States, they can appear on your lawn unexpectedly one nice spring day.

Kerry Tai - May 13, 2014

April showers bring May flowers is not just a well-known aphorism. It is also something that can be happening in your spring garden this year. Whether you have a flower garden, a vegetable garden, an herb garden, or all of the above, now is the time to get working on your garden to have it ready for blooming plants, delicious vegetables, sweet f...

Kerry Tai - April 8, 2014

After a long winter, your lawn needs maintenance in order to avoid spring lawn diseases. Spring Dead spot is an extremely visible disease of Bermudagrass. Although this disease begins during the fall season, physical signs of damage are often shown in spring. Physical Appearance When winter dormancy is over, spring dead spots will start...

Kerry Tai - March 21, 2014

Early spring is the best time to start maintaining your lawn’s health from the cold winter. Spring fertilization is very important to help your lawn resist spring disease.  Several fungus diseases could attack your lawn during the spring.  Having a lawn that is properly fertilized, properly mowed and watered will help keep your l...

Kerry Tai - March 13, 2014

Winter frost can cause major damage to your lawn and surrounding plants, but freeze damage may also occur in the winter.  Be sure you begin your protection program before the danger of an early freeze, and maintain the protection until the probability of freezing temperatures have passed. Here are some steps to protect your lawn and...

Kerry Tai - March 11, 2014

This winter has been one of the worst in years – and in some areas of the country, even decades. That severe weather, including snow and ice, has wreaked havoc in many parts of the United States. Even areas like Atlanta faced multiple snowstorms this year. All of this winter weather could mean damage to your yard. Here are some tips to cle...

Kerry Tai - February 27, 2014

Before you know it, spring will be here. You will want to be out enjoying your lawn when the weather gets warmer, but what are you going to do if your lawn is brown, patchy, and looks embarrassing? Here are some lawn care tips to help prepare your lawn for the upcoming spring: Do these things first If you have not done it already, make s...

Kerry Tai - February 20, 2014

The snow and cold temperatures keep your lawn dormant or resting until spring.  There is no maintenance your lawn requires during this period.  What is important is to prepare your lawn and landscape before the snow arrives. Winter Lawn Care Tips Winter is the best time to prepare yourself and your yard for the warm seasons ahe...

Kerry Tai - February 13, 2014

When you are growing your garden, or enjoying your lawn next summer, the last thing you want are some unsightly weeds ruining the look of your yard. But what can you do to keep the weeds away and protect your garden? Here are a few tips: Know your enemy You may already know which weeds have been a pest in your area, but now is a good tim...

Kerry Tai - February 6, 2014

We are now living through one of the harshest winters in the United States in years, with lots of snow and bitterly cold temperatures in some portions of the U.S., which is causing more ice than usual. That type of harsh weather means that people are more likely to use special deicing compounds like sodium chloride (rock salt) to unfreeze their...

Kerry Tai - February 4, 2014

The biggest chance of damage to your lawn during the winter comes from Mother Nature in the form of extremely low temperatures and the lack of rainfall.  While you can't do anything about the winter temperatures, your lawn still needs sufficient moisture if it consists of Bermuda, St Augustine or Centipede grass. Winter Watering ...

Kerry Tai - January 23, 2014

If you live in a climate where you get snow during the winter, you may think that you do not need to worry about maintenance on your lawn, trees or shrubs during the winter. But actually, there are a number of things you need to be concerned about regarding snow damage and its effect on your yard: Tree and shrub damage Before winter come...

Kerry Tai - January 21, 2014

Snow mold is a big danger to your lawn if you live in a climate that gets cold and snowy during the winter. Fortunately, it is both treatable as well as preventable. Two types of snow mold There are two main types of snow mold – pink snow mold (also known as Fusarium patch) and grey snow mold (also called Typhula blight). Pink snow...

Kerry Tai - January 7, 2014

Winter is coming, and that means colder temperatures throughout the United States, and it could mean ice, wind and snow in your area. All of that can affect the trees on your property. If you want your home’s trees to look great in spring, summer, and autumn, you need to take good care of them in the winter. So what can you do to protect y...

Kerry Tai - December 31, 2013

When the days start getting shorter and colder, you may think that your gardening work is done for the year. But there are a few steps you can take to prepare your garden for winter and have it ready to go for next year. Read on to learn about proper winter lawn care and what you can do to prepare your garden for winter: Continue to harvest...

Kerry Tai - December 26, 2013

April showers may bring May flowers, but you may not have any flowers in your spring garden if you do not plan ahead. If you want to have beautiful flowers in the spring, fall is the time to get cracking on your garden. Planting bulbs for spring needs to happen in the fall, before the ground gets frozen. If you live in the southern part of the U...

Kerry Tai - December 10, 2013

If you want to have a great lawn in the spring, you can get ready now by doing these preparation tips to prepare your lawn for the winter. Here are some things you should do now to get your lawn ready for the winter: Get your lawn mower equipment winterized As many of you know it is important to have your car winterized. Well, it is impo...

Kerry Tai - December 5, 2013

Leaves are a symbol of fall – there is a reason Frank Sinatra’s song “Autumn Leaves” is a classic. At this time of year, people like to go see fall foliage, decorate with leaf-colored items, and play in the leaves. But as fun as romping in the leaves can be, or looking at the fall leaves in the trees, picking up the l...