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Kerry Tai - December 2, 2014

Has winter been stressing you out? It is very common to use rock salts to help melt off snow and ice especially to make your daily commute easier, but it is important to understand how rock salt can affect your lawn. What is Rock Salt? Rock salt is a type of sodium chloride. Rock salts are mainly used during cold seasons when you want to...

Kerry Tai - July 18, 2014

Similar to most lawn weeds, nutsedge is a weed that is noticeable and can deprive your turf area from obtaining moisture and nutrients. Nutsedge resides in landscapes and gardens that contain wet soil, often an indication of poor drainage, frequent irrigation, or broken sprinklers. Physical Appearance of Nutsedge Nutsedge has been known...

Kerry Tai - July 14, 2014

Humid summer nights can bring plenty of unwanted pests to your home. These pests can surround the perimeter of your home when you least expect it! Common pests can include ants, crickets, spiders, centipedes, and other various multi-legged pests. To keep your home safe, a perimeter pest control program is suggested to decrease the chance of unwa...

Kerry Tai - July 9, 2014

Growing your own vegetables as opposed to buying them from a supermarket will get you more delicious food that may even be better for you. Plus, you are more likely to eat those vegetables if they taste better. After all, carrots and lettuce, to name two examples, taste much better when you grow them yourself as opposed to buying them at the gro...

Kerry Tai - June 19, 2014

Mowing is a necessity, of course, when it comes to having a beautiful lawn. But many homeowners are unsure how often to mow. Mow your lawn too often, and the lawn looks bare and scalped. Mow too infrequently, and the lawn looks overgrown and messy. Not to mention the possibility of weeds taking over an overgrown lawn – mowing does not just...

Kerry Tai - May 29, 2014

Scalping your lawn may bring to mind images of somebody running around with a meat cleaver attacking your grass.  It is not really like that, though. So what does scalping your lawn mean, and why might you need to do it? What is scalping? Thankfully, scalping does not really involve a meat cleaver, and there is no gore involved. It...

Kerry Tai - March 6, 2014

Pest Alert! Do you ever encounter a mole lurking on your lawn? Well, moles are subterranean animals that spend 99 percent of their time below the ground. On average, these creatures are five to seven inches long and like to travel in ground tunnels. Mole Characteristics Moles have soft brown, silky fur covers. They like to hide and trav...

Kerry Tai - February 11, 2014

Have you been maintaining your lawn’s health? Chances are that no matter how carefully you guard your lawn, certain lawn diseases can still occur. Since most lawn diseases are caused by types of fungus, it is important to learn the necessary steps to take to treat these types of diseases. Common lawn diseases Here is a list of comm...

Kerry Tai - January 24, 2014

If you have seen the movie “Caddyshack,” in which Bill Murray spars with a gopher on the golf course grass, you may think that having such a pest on your lawn can be funny. But the fact is that moles are no laughing matter when it comes to your yard. In fact, moles can cause severe damage to your lawn.  The critters are insectiv...

John Buechner - January 16, 2014

Thatch is a layer of both living and dead materials of decomposed stems, roots, and other plant parts. It is located in the layer that wedges between your grass and soil.   A thin layer of thatch one-half inch or less acts as insulation to protect roots from cold and hot temperatures.  However too much thatch creates problems for...

John Buechner - January 9, 2014

As many of you know during the hot summer months, it is important to regularly check the pH level of your swimming pool. By maintaining the appropriate pH balance in your pool you are making sure that the products you put in the water work properly to keep the water clean and ready to be enjoyed. Well your lawn is no different. Lawn pH balancing...

Kerry Tai - December 24, 2013

The name Solenopsis invicta sounds poetic, but it’s really the Latin name for the red imported fire ant, commonly known as fire ants. The pest, a native of South America, was accidentally introduced to the United States in the 1930s via a cargo ship arriving at Mobile, Alabama which had a slew of fire ant stowaways. Fire ants can hurt...

Kerry Tai - December 10, 2013

The last thing you want when you are about to sit down to dinner is an army of ants showing up to chow down. Nor do you want to see roaches, grubs, flies, or any other bugs in your home. Even the ladybug, a beloved insect in the garden, doesn’t come off as appealing in your home. So what can you do to keep bugs out of your home? Here are s...

John Buechner - December 5, 2013

Have you ever come cross a beautiful crisp, green lawn during the fall season?  High chances, that lawn was aerated in order to achieve that nice appearance. Fall is the best time to aerate your lawn in order to help recover from summer stress. Use the following tips and advice below to understand the procedure of lawn aeration. What is...

John Buechner - December 5, 2013

You just finished a heavy meal, and wondered to yourself if that meal contained the right nutrients for a healthy diet. Well similar to your diet, your lawn also requires nutrients to keep its appearance from dulling away. For proper growth and lawn health, it is important to think about lawn fertilization and keeping up a healthy lawn diet. ...

Kerry Tai - December 5, 2013

A year ago last month, Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast and shattered the coastline. Since then, people have been more conscious when it comes to storm preparation. Remember the gas lines of last year, or the electricity being out for days or even weeks at a time due to the storm? This time around, people will undoubtedly be more prepared...