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How to keep your lawn green in a heat wave: Essential watering tips [infographic]

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Jul 29, 2014 8:00:00 AM

After having spent all year taking great care of your lawn, the last thing you want is for the summer season to wreak havoc on your beautiful green grass due to scorching heat waves. A heat wave can lead to brown grass and foliage that stops growing, and can affect the shallow roots of newly-planted trees and shrubs. However, there are steps you can take to retain the moisture in your grass and plants without having to invest too much time and money in the upkeep of your lawn. Keep your lawn green during a heat wave with these essential watering tips.

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Lawn maintenance tips for heavily shaded areas

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Jul 24, 2014 8:00:00 AM

maintaining-shaded-lawnGrowing grass in shaded areas can be tricky. Grass is a sun-loving plant, and most varieties need a minimum of six hours of direct sunlight in order to thrive. But if you’re trying to grow grass in a heavily shaded area, don’t despair. There are several things you can do to help your grass thrive, even in dark conditions.

Pick the right kind of grass

Some types of grass grow better in the shade than others. For example, if your yard is pretty heavily shaded you might want to consider fescues. Fescues tolerate shade much better than bluegrass or ryegrass.

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4 ways to keep your backyard mosquito-free

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Jul 23, 2014 10:26:00 AM

getting-rid-of-mosquitoesSummer is here! It’s the season of afternoon pool parties, evening barbeques, and late-night bonfires. Unfortunately, mosquitoes love the summer heat and humidity just as much as you do. But we’re guessing that your idea of an ideal summer doesn’t include mosquitoes feasting on your legs. To keep mosquitoes out of your backyard this summer, check out these four tips.

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Your ultimate guide to lawn mowers

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Jul 17, 2014 8:00:00 AM

guide-to-lawn-mowersWondering which lawn mower is right for your needs? Check out our ultimate guide.

The reel

Reel mowers are by far the simplest, cheapest mowing option. Using a reel of blades that spin as you push, a reel mower essentially cuts grass like scissors. Reel mowers are ideal for those who like an incredibly close cut, allowing for a cutting height of a mere half of an inch. Reel mowers are incredibly lightweight and eco-friendly, and are also virtually maintenance free (all you need to do is sharpen the blades). However, you will want to keep in mind that reel mowers often get jammed by twigs and debris, meaning they are a very bad choice if you have a lot of trees.

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Topics: mowing

Summer lawn maintenance tips

Posted by Ryan Lawn & Tree

Jul 15, 2014 8:00:00 AM

summer-lawn-maintenanceHow can you keep your lawn green and pristine this summer? How much should you water? How much should you mow? To get the perfect lawn this summer, check out these tips and tricks.

Don’t water every single day

Once the heat starts to creep in, you might be tempted to water your lawn every day to keep things green. Don’t -- you are far better off “deep” watering your lawn every few days. Leave the sprinkler on for several hours at a time to apply 1” of water. This ensures that your lawn can find moisture deep in the soil, even after the top inch or two of soil dries out. Remember, the best time to water is early in the morning.

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Topics: summer

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