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Turf and horticulture experts detail best management practices in how to attain a great looking lawn and landscape with environmentally-friendly management strategies.  What grasses and ornamental plants are best suited for your site? How do you establish or renovate a lawn or ornamental bed?  How do you safely and effectively manage pests? The following podcasts can help guide you toward a healthy, happy lawn and garden!

Spring management sets the tone for how great your lawn and landscape can be for 2015. When is the right time to fertilize AND how much should you apply? Should you use a preemergent herbicide for crabgrass control and if so which one and when to apply? What steps will enhance spring establishment success? Turf and Garden Tips tackles all these questions and more regarding one of the busiest times in lawn management and meeting the challenges in achieving a great looking, environmentally friendly lawn. 


  • Mar 19, 2015

    Mow Like a Pro

    There is nothing done more frequently in landscape maintenance than mowing the lawn, and nothing that is done with a greater frequency of mistakes either!  This podcast details some of the most critical mistakes commonly made in mowing turf and how you can avoid them in your quest for a great looking, healthy lawn.

  • Mar 18, 2015

    Breaking the Spring Seeding Cycle

    As winter breaks and temperatures warm up, many spend some time outdoors, working in the lawn and garden areas, enjoying the sun and making a list of things to get done this year.  As we look at the lawn, we often see thin or bare areas, weedy areas, and parts of the lawn we just wish looked better.  We get excited as the days get warmer, and we decide, this year, I am going to fix this lawn up.  A trip to the store follows, bringing home grass seed, fertilizer, maybe lime, and perhaps even straw for the more ambitious of us. 
  • Mar 17, 2015

    An Exercise in Calibration: Accurate Applications of Granular Products Without Rotary Spreader Calibration

    If one knows their lawn area AND doesn’t mind a little exercise, granular fertilizers or pesticides can be accurately applied to lawns with a rotary spreader without going through all the steps and calculations of spreader calibration. This podcast will guide you through the process of applying the products.

  • Mar 15, 2015

    Best Management Practices in Spring Crabgrass Control in Lawns

    This podcast details cultural and chemical (both synthetic and organic) approaches in spring crabgrass control in homelawns, plus it highlights how to best time and treat product applications to maximize product effectiveness. The accompanying handout details specific preemergent herbicides available to homeowners.
  • Mar 14, 2015

    Spring Postemergent Lawn Weed Control

    This podcast details the principles in selecting and applying the appropriate herbicides to control existing weeds in lawns as active turf growth resumes in the spring.
  • Mar 13, 2015

    “Spring” Into Your Turf: Lawn Fertility

    Longer days and warming temperatures accompany a renewed interest in the lawn and landscape, and one of the first things most homeowners desire is a lush, dark green lawn. This is most often achieved by way of spring fertilization, but how much fertilizer is appropriate in balancing the aesthetics of the lawn versus overall turf health (and possibly even environmental concerns)?

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