Caring for Your Lawn During the Fall Months

As the weather begins to cool and leaves start to fall from the trees, you may notice that your grass growth is slowing before your lawn becomes dormant through the winter months. While things may be progressing slowly on the growth side, it's still important to keep up with your lawn so that it will continue to flourish in those high-growth months. Here are a few tips for taking care of your lawn as it begins to cool:

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Fall Seeding Guidelines

The fall months are the perfect time for seeding a lawn, due to the low air temperature but warm soil. That said, there are a few best practices to keep in mind when seeding your lawn for the winter. There are several ways to approach seeding depending on how big and how thin the areas are that need to be seeded, but there are three very important rules to follow no matter what kind of seeding you need.

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Why Turf Painting?

In the Southeast, warm-season grasses (Bermuda and Zoysia) enter dormancy when temperatures begin to drop below 50 degrees, typically in the late fall, and remain dormant until temperatures warm up again. While warm-season lawns are dormant, they lose their green color and turn yellowish-brown. If you are tired of the dull appearance of your dormant lawn, we have a solution! The Agropro team is excited to offer turf painting to make your lawn look great through the holidays and into the new year.

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Dog Urine Spots: How to Fix Your Lawn

Dogs are said to be man's best friend, and understandably so. However, the love we have for animals doesn't eliminate the frustration that can come from early wake-up calls, the constant begging for food, overall maintenance, and the dreaded urine spots on your lawn. Now don't forget, your pup can't help it – it's just how they were made. We also understand that spots on your lawn might not be ideal, so keep reading for some tips on how to fix and prevent urine spots, with a few tips for your pup too!  

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Aeration & Overseeding: Creating Room for Growth

Do you have dreams of a beautiful, green lawn next year? Believe it or not – now is the time to start the process with aeration and seeding. Aeration is one of the best things you can do for your lawn. It may sound complex, but it's really simple, as is seeding. 

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Lawn Disease Control

Every lawn in Georgia, whether new or established, is susceptible to a variety of lawn diseases because of our environmental conditions. Even if a disease-causing pathogen is present, infection will not occur unless the environmental conditions are conducive to disease development. If left untreated, your lawn is likely to undergo major damage that could take months to recover from.

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Mossy Lawn: What Now?

In 2019, Georgia homeowners reported an increased amount of moss in their lawns over the summer. Though a couple of years have passed since that report, not much has changed. Homeowners are fighting off moss and they don't quite know how to win. If you have experienced moss growing where grass should be, there are a few things to keep in mind as you look into how to control your current moss issue and how to prevent it in the future.

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Top Lawn Watering Tips

There's no magic trick to watering your lawn properly. It's really just a matter of ensuring that the water you do supply to your lawn, trees, and shrubs is used efficiently. Especially during the summer months, it's important that your grass is getting the amount of water it needs to thrive. Between pop-up storms, moisture-scorching sun, and your valuable time, it can be hard to keep up with unless you know ways to get around the struggles of lawn irrigation. So, are you watering your lawn correctly? Let's find out!

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How to Grow Grass in the Shade

Who doesn't want thick, beautiful grass covering their yard? We don't know many people who don't want that. However, there comes a dilemma that many people run across…how to grow grass in the shade. It can seem impossible, but your grass's future is about to get a little brighter (literally and figuratively). Get ready to learn some tips and tricks for getting your grass to grow – even if it's in the shade all day long! 

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How to Nurture a Healthy Lawn

Obtaining a healthy, green lawn can be quite the task. Though it doesn't require you to be in the yard every day, it does require a great deal of patience. One of the hardest parts of getting your lawn healthy is knowing exactly what it needs. It can often feel like you're wandering around in the dark trying various tactics with no success. Here are some ways you can get your grass healthy and keep it that way. 

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How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes Outdoors

Many of us patiently wait for warmer weather and are thrilled when we get those first few days of 70-degree weather. We break out the shorts and short-sleeve shirts and before we know it, we're scratching at our skin thanks to pesky mosquitoes. Not only are their bites annoying and itchy, but they can also carry diseases like West Nile Virus, Encephalitis, and the Zika virus. These diseases are all the more reason to combat these blood-sucking insects! 

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Grub Damage to Lawn: Everything You Need to Know

No one wants grubs…just the word itself doesn't sound too appealing, does it? You may be wondering "what are grubs exactly?" Great question! Grubs are the larvae of Japanese beetles. They look like c-shaped creatures and you are most likely to find them in your soil. They're not attractive little critters and they certainly don't do any favors for your yard – especially when they're occupying it by the masses. 

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How to Control Weeds in Your Lawn

With spring right around the corner, you're probably daydreaming of blooming flowers, trees sprouting new leaves, and you guessed it…green grass! It's important to know that the green grass you're thinking of probably didn't happen by accident. More than likely, it was a product of hard work, preparation, and a great team of lawn care specialists. The key word is preparation. As we get closer and closer to spring, this is your last call to get ahead on pre-emergent so you can create a yard you love. 

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Bed Pre-Emergent

Weeds in planting beds can be an unsightly nuisance and can take hours of your valuable time to control by pulling or spraying. Although there is no way to completely eliminate weeds in your planting beds, bed pre-emergent treatments can greatly reduce weed germination, by as much as 80% to 90%, saving you time and money.

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Scalping your Lawn

Scalping your lawn means mowing your lawn down to 1″ and removing the dormant layer. Warm season lawns should be scalped once a year in the spring (March). This will help to decrease thatch, improve spring green-up, help control spring weeds, and improve the appearance of your lawn all season.  How to Scalp  Make sure your mower blade is ...

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Watering your Lawn

Proper water techniques are often misunderstood. As a general guideline, lawns only need 1″ to 1.5″ inches of water per week. It's best to water 1 to 2 times per week early in the morning to achieve this goal. Watering for a longer period of time less frequently soaking the soil to a 6″ to 8″ depth will promote a deeper root system and improve drought tolerance. Short frequent watering will cause shallow rooting. Shallow rooting will lead to poor drought tolerance and increase disease susceptibility. Its best to water your lawn and landscape plants early in the morning before the sun rises. This will allow time for the water to soak into the soil before evaporation can occur. 

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Fireweed (American Burnweed)

Fireweed is a nuisance weed that pops up every spring in Georgia. This rapidly growing weed has a shallow root system and germinates in the thatch layer of lawns. Although easily controlled by post-emergent herbicide treatments, pre-emergent treatments have no effect on this invasive weed. Proper lawn maintenance practices provide the most effective means of control. Weekly mowing with a sharp mower blade at the proper mowing height will minimize Fireweed infestations. Managing your thatch layer is also important. Compacted soil and improper mowing practices can lead to excessive thatch. Spring core aeration will relieve compaction and help manage your thatch layer.

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Leaf-Cycling

Step towards a better environment, and a way to help your soil, too

We realize once again that there is no such thing as a free lunch. After enjoying the show, the performers fall down on us and leaf raking time is back. 

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Plant Health Care

Health care is getting a lot of attention these days. Almost every day, we're hearing about new ways to live longer and better. The maintenance of our energy and vitality is being recognized as the key to improved health.

The idea of concentrating on prevention, rather than cure, can easily apply to much more than humans. Prevention also plays an important part in the maintenance of your lawn. And one of the best ways to maintain your lawn's health is to practice Plant Health Care. 

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Don’t forget to water!

As the Weather Gets Hotter, Don't Forget to Water 

Lawns, trees, shrubs and flowers need adequate water to thrive, and the summer months are the time to be especially aware of your landscape's watering needs. Remember that how often plants need to be watered is closely related to how deep their roots are. 

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