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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 is a season with a lot of possibilities AND pitfalls in environmentally responsible lawn management.  It is a season when almost anyone with a lawn is actually motivated to work on the lawn!  If management strategies are done correctly, a homeowner is rewarded with a great looking, healthy lawn.  Unfortunately, lawns that are mismanaged in the spring will likely remain a challenge for the rest of the year.   Turf and Garden Tips offers timely tips that will help you have a great looking, environmentally friendly lawn and landscape.

  • Apr 14, 2016

    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.

  • Apr 14, 2016

    Spring Weed Management

    This podcast details the most important chemical and cultural steps in lawn weed control, including the appropriate use of preemergent and postemergent herbicides

  • Apr 14, 2016

    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.

  • Apr 14, 2016

    “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)?

  • Apr 14, 2016

    Springtime Mulching

    Why do we want to Mulch?

    Mulching is a practice that trees have been doing all by themselves for thousands of years.  Each year, trees drop leaves or needles to the forest floor, forming a layer of organic matter.  This layer serves many functions, but first and foremost it provides cover to the soil, reducing or eliminating erosion.  This layer of leaves also helps to retain moisture, adds organic material to the root zone of the plant, and allows of recycling of nutrients.

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