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John Buechner - December 4, 2014

Winter weather will be here before you know it. Are your trees and shrubs prepared to survive the winter? Lawn Doctor recommends the following to keep your shrubs and trees safe fro weather damage: Water your trees and shrubs throughout the fall You may think that it sounds strange to water your shrubs and trees, but you may nee...

Kerry Tai - August 28, 2014

Having a gravel sidewalk, pathway, or driveway with your home has many appealing qualities. For example, you can have a gravel pathway using any number of beautiful kinds of gravel pebbles, including contrasting or complementary colors to your home. You can also have a gorgeous curving pathway with the gravel, something that can be more difficul...

John Buechner - August 18, 2014

You may remember pH levels from high school chemistry class. What it means is that an aqueous solution may be alkaline or acidic. Generally speaking, a number below 6 or 7 is considered to be acidic, and a number higher is considered to be alkaline. For example, lemon juice, which is considered to be very acidic, has a pH level of 2.2. You m...

Kerry Tai - June 23, 2014

Poa Annua or Annual Bluegrass is a pesky lawn weed which invades both warm and cool season lawns. In the winter, annual bluegrass forms bright green patches that goes dormant for warm-season lawns. In cool-season lawns, annual bluegrass blends well in the spring, but when warm weather comes around the weed will die leaving thin or bare area...

Kerry Tai - May 22, 2014

Thinking of improving your landscape? Improving your yard and landscape can lead to a beautiful spring wildlife garden. It is important to maintain proper care of your trees and shrubs. Various issues can inflict the quality of your trees and shrubs such as drought, excessive wet areas, frost damage, and shaded areas. In order to start plann...

Kerry Tai - May 1, 2014

Crabgrass is as feisty a weed as the crab is an animal, which helps explain the name. In addition, the leaves on crabgrass even look like crab legs. If you want to have a great lawn, you need to get rid of and stop crabgrass as early as possible. Not only is it unsightly, but it can take needed nutrients from your lawn, thus sapping your lawn&rs...

Kerry Tai - April 29, 2014

If you want to have a great lawn, you do not want weeds to mar your view. While dandelions may look pretty, and clover may be lucky, they are considered plants out of place or weeds, and they can take valuable nutrients from the rest of your lawn. In addition, they are difficult to eradicate. Just one dandelion can contain over 15,000 seeds, and...

Kerry Tai - April 2, 2014

If you want to eat garden-fresh vegetables this summer, now is a great time to get started on your vegetable garden. While there is some work involved, the good news is that if you do the right things now, you can have a harvest of healthy vegetables to eat this summer.  Here are some vegetable garden tips to get started: Look through s...

John Buechner - February 18, 2014

This has been a very severe winter in much of the United States, which means that people have been reaching for rock salt and other deicing products to clear their sidewalks and driveways. In addition, local sanitation authorities use rock salt before and during snowstorms to keep the snow from sticking, and to melt the snow and ice.  T...

John Buechner - January 28, 2014

One of the best ways you can keep pests like insects, disease  or weeds from infesting your lawn is with integrated pest management. The idea behind integrated pest management, also known as IPM, is to have a complete approach to pest control and management, as opposed to simply using bug spray or weed controls after the fact. The U.S....