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Winterizing Your Lawn: Prepping With Fertilizer

By Extra Mile | Nov 9, 2020

Winterizing Your Lawn

Just like perennial or vegetable planting beds, lawns need to be prepared for winter. The type of action you’ll take depends on what kind of turfgrass your lawn has. One common action to prepare turf for winter is fertilizing. If your lawn is healthy and thick and you’re unsure whether you need to fertilize, take a soil test.

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Frost on the Lawn? Don’t Go There.

By Extra Mile | Nov 6, 2020

We’ve all seen those “Keep off the Grass” signs, designed to deter people and pets from stressing sensitive turf. And while there are many reasons someone might want you to keep off the grass, here’s one that applies to everyone: frost.

While that frosty layer on your lawn might look like nothing more than a delicate dusting of ice, add a bit of pressure and the effect is anything but delicate. In fact, any impact—even footsteps or a lawnmower—can cause serious damage.  Here’s why:

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Controlling Grubs: Fall Options & Spring Plans

By Extra Mile | Nov 2, 2020

Does your customer’s lawn have a problem with grubs? In the fall, only curative products can be used to control grub populations effectively. The later in the season these products are applied, the farther down the chemical needs to travel in the soil to contact the grubs. In most cases, whether it’s early spring or fall, it’s often preferable to simply wait until the next appropriate window for using a preventative product that gets better results and is more targeted. However, if you still want to pursue fall treatment for better spring outcomes, here are some things to know.

Is it really grubs?

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5 Reasons Why It’s Best To Seed In the Fall

By Extra Mile | Oct 30, 2020

Homeowners often have trouble figuring out when is the best time of the year to seed a lawn. Seeding at the wrong time can have negative effects on your grass and result in poor establishment, so it’s important to seed when you’ll have the best chance of success.

Although many people think spring is the best season for plants, it’s not the case with grass. Many are surprised to learn that fall is actually the ideal time to seed a variety of plants, including grass. Cooler weather means seedlings are less affected by heat, yet the soil is still warm enough for optimal root development. Other factors, such as more time to develop and less competition, make Autumn the perfect time of year to seed your lawn. Let’s take a closer look at why.

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When Grass Stops Growing, It’s the Last Mow of the Season!

By Extra Mile | Oct 26, 2020

It’s about that time of year when we prepare our plants for the chilly winter ahead. Not only will the garden look tidy throughout winter, but your plants will spring into a healthy growing season next year. As you start running down your fall checklist, don’t forget to give your lawn some love. Mowing at the end of the fall season is one of the best ways to bring your hardy, green grass back for another great year. Don’t have a pre-winter plan for your lawn yet? No problem! Here’s everything you need to know about when and how to mow near the end of the grass-cutting season.

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Manage the Season for Your Region

By Extra Mile | Oct 23, 2020

Whether you live in a warm-weather state or an icy cold place – managing expectations for your yard during the winter can be tough. Luckily, we’re here to break it down for you so you know exactly how to handle your lawn and prepare for new growth next Spring.
Colder Climate States
You might live in: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota or Wisconsin
Live in a midwestern state that starts to feel the chill this time of year? You’ll need to take some special precautions when it comes to your lawn.
Winterize Your Lawn

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2020 Landscaping Trends

By Extra Mile | Oct 19, 2020

The hottest of 2020’s landscaping trends are undoubtedly incorporating rocks into your outdoor designs. Combine this with water features and you’ve got most people’s idea of a true backyard oasis. It’s not all about rocks, though, with the rise of the staycation and lots of people sheltering, it’s more crucial than ever that your yard brings you peace and joy. Edging, lighting, and a focus on making even the smallest outdoor spaces shine are other major garden design trends of 2020. Read on to discover an array of easy landscaping ideas to help you make the most out of your outdoor space.

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8 Fall Lawn Care Tips

By Extra Mile | Oct 16, 2020

Fall may not seem like an ideal time to think about lawn care, considering that your grass will go dormant for the winter. However, autumn is a critical time to groom your lawn for beautiful growth next spring. Fall’s cool and moist weather helps grassroots develop much better than in summer, and taking advantage of this growing period will pay big dividends next year. Here are eight fall lawn care steps that’ll help make your lawn dazzle next year…

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Fall Lawn Care 101 – What to Do With Fall Leaves

By Extra Mile | Oct 12, 2020

By the time autumn rolls around, many homeowners are tired of lawn maintenance. After all, you’ve spent the entire summer watering, trimming, and mowing. You’ve been taking the steps to ensure your lush, green grass stays that way — and then the leaves start to fall…

Fall Lawn Care 101 
Although you might be tempted to let the fall leaves stay on the grass for the winter, it’s rarely a good idea to let the leaves just lay there. And it’s not because your neighbors might complain. Here’s what you need to know as you prepare for your fall lawn maintenance.
Are Fallen Leaves Good for the Grass?

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