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Organic Mulch vs. Inorganic Mulch

By Extra Mile | Jul 6, 2020

Mulching is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your property. You are literally placing a protective barrier around your plants, trees and shrubs and over your bare soil. Landscaped beds suppress weeds, retain soil moisture better, and are more drought-resistant than bare ones. They also protect the soil against erosion and reduce compaction during heavy rains. From an aesthetic perspective, a mulched property is more vibrant, has a more polished look and feel and better curb appeal. 

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How to Have a Lush, Green Lawn This Summer!

By Extra Mile | Jul 3, 2020

With a little upkeep, the grass under your feet this summer will feel better than ever. We asked Zaarly lawn-care providers for their top tips on keeping your grass green and healthy!

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Brown Spots On Lawn & Other Signs of Summer Lawn Stress

By Extra Mile | Jun 29, 2020

When summer sizzles, a lawn can easily fizzle, trading lush green for crispy brown shades. The causes of brown grass vary. Insect feeding, drought stress, soil compaction, or other factors can combine with heat to damage grass. In this weakened state, a lawn is more susceptible to attack by weeds and insects.

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Pollinators: Tips For Attracting More Bees + Butterflies

By Extra Mile | Jun 26, 2020

As summer kicks into full gear, it’s the best time to step outside and take in the glories of nature. Spending time engulfed in your home’s outdoor oasis is even better when the garden is full of beautiful flowers and foliage to enhance our enjoyment. If your garden is full of plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds, you already know who magical that can be.

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Add a Touch of Scent With Herbs

By Extra Mile | Jun 22, 2020

Gardeners who treasure fragrance above all other sensory experiences gained through the hobby can boost their olfactory satisfaction by adding herbs to their plant lineup. In pots, amongst regular landscaping, or in their own special scent gardens, herbs can bring delight to the nose.

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Keeping Grass Out

By Extra Mile | Jun 19, 2020

Like so many other aspects of gardening, the key to keeping grass out of your garden beds is to plan ahead and remain vigilant. Once grass gets a foothold in your beds, you’re in store for a tough battle.
“Keeping grass out of garden beds is no easy task,” says master gardener Paul James. “And once it finds its way into your beds, the problem is even more difficult, especially if the grass spreads by underground runners or has a chance to re-seed.”

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The Relationship Between Irrigation and Pest Control

By Extra Mile | Jun 15, 2020

One of the most obvious integrated pest management components in terms of pest control is the advent of disease-resistant cultivars of turf and ornamental plants. One needs only to participate in a field day at a land grant university turfgrass research facility to quickly understand their influence. Some IPM components are not so readily observable. The influence of irrigation on pest populations and pest control efficacy is a good example.

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Backyard Transformation: Lawn Care Tips

By Extra Mile | Jun 12, 2020

It comes as no surprise that there are professionals that specialize in lawns. This is because caring for turf is just as important as caring for the plants in the garden. There’s quite a bit of important information to understand how to properly care for a lawn. From proper mowing techniques, feeding and tending to the lawn throughout the seasons, here’s how to get started to improve the overall health and appearance of your lawn.

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8 Easy Tips for the Perfect Lawn

By Extra Mile | Jun 8, 2020

A soft, green lawn is a wonderful thing, and it doesn’t have to be out of reach. Here are a few lawn treatment strategies and advice for establishing terrific turf.

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