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Fertilizer Timing: Warm Season

Fertilizer timing varies based on the type of grass you grow. In general, you want to feed a lawn just as it’s entering its peak growth. Fertilize warm-season grasses in late spring or early summer, just before grass hits its intense summer growing season. These grasses benefit from a second feeding in late summer. Continue Reading

Mowing

Mowing is probably the most time consuming activity of lawn maintenance. No matter what type of grass you tend, it’s vitally important to maintain a sharp mower blade, so that you’re cutting grass blades cleanly and not tearing them, which creates openings for pests and diseases to enter. It’s also equally key to know the… Continue Reading

Bunch Grass

Cool-season grasses, like the fescues and ryegrass, are bunch grasses. A lawn of fescue is actually a host of individual grass plants that, as they grow, form bunches. These bunch grasses are most often sown from seed. Bunch grasses don’t naturally hold together in the form of sod, unless the sod grower uses a biodegradable… Continue Reading

Warm or Cool?

Nothing makes a landscape sparkle like a healthy, well-maintained lawn. Depending on where you live, you’re tending turf that contains either warm-season grasses or cool-season grasses. These different turf types require similar treatments, including mowing, aerating, fertilizing and watering. But how and when you tackle these tasks varies depending on grass type. Review basic lawn-care… Continue Reading

How to Purge Plastic From Your Kitchen

Whether or not your plastic containers are BPA-free, some research suggests that they might still contain harmful chemicals. Want to go plastic-free at home? Here are six genius swaps to make it happen. Swap plastic wrap for… Bee’s Wrap, reusable sheets of organic cotton muslin that are infused with beeswax. Use the heat of your… Continue Reading

Which Food Containers Are Safe for the Microwave?

Find out which materials are microwave-friendly, and which ones you should avoid. Some materials are fine in the microwave and some aren’t (see below). And then there’s plastic. You’ll find experts who say no plastic containers should be used in the microwave—ever. “The material contains chemicals that may leach into food when it’s heated. However,… Continue Reading

10 Rules for a Happier Home

Here are some little changes you can make in your home this year that will have a big impact. 1.  No Devices at the Table Disconnect while eating together as a family. Bright screens will inevitably be a distraction and will inhibit good conversation and discussions throughout your meal. 2.  Keep Toilet Seat Down When… Continue Reading