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How to Grow: Fall Lawn Care

Learn how to care for your lawn in fall including information on fertilizing, reseeding and topdressing with compost. For more garden videos, check out the National Gardening Association Listen to Podcast:   Podcast Transcript It covers more land than the states of Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Rhode Island combined. People spend more than 40 billion dollars a year maintaining it, and that maintenance results in air, water and noise pollution. Who's the culprit--- your lawn. But your lawn doesn't have to be such a money sucker and...

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How To Grow: Controlling Moles & Voles

Learn how to identify and control these pesky critters. Listen to podcast:   What's eating your lawn? Got holes? If your lawn looks like a war zone, there are many possible causes. Certainly skunks could be digging for grubs or your neighbor's dog digging for fun, but if you see tunnels too, it's time to talk voles and moles. Although they sound alike, these are two very different creatures. Moles are completely subterranean and are carnivores. They feed on earthworms and other soil creatures, not your plants.  Other than forming...

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How to Grow: Spring Lawn Care

Learn what to do when this spring to care for your lawn. Listen to podcast: Ahh spring, the flowers are blooming, asparagus is growing, and, oh yes, the lawn needs mowing. While we all strive for a green, beautiful lawn with few weeds, home owners have varying degrees of lawn tolerance. Just take a look around your neighborhood. Some lawns are worthy of a golf course, while others, well, at least they're green. So, let's look at what you should be doing to your lawn this spring to keep it healthy and beautiful. One of the first spring...

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How to Grow: Soil Testing

Listen to this podcast on how to take  soil test.   While fall is a time of garden cleanup and planting bulbs and garlic, it's also a perfect time to test your soil. Soil testing is one of those good garden ideas that often gets forgotten. Testing your soil now has some advantages. There's less to do in the garden compared to spring, soil labs aren't as busy, and you'll get a good accurate reading of your soil pH, organic matter, and nutrient levels. Take a soil sample anytime up until the ground freezes and do a soil test every three...

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How to Grow: Wet Weather Lawn Care

Listen to this podcast on how to care for your lawn organically during wet weather. It continues to be a cool, rainy spring. While our shrubs and trees are taking their time leafing out, nothing stops the lawn. It's been growing a mile a minute and mowing is difficult with the soggy soils. So, it's a good time to talk organic lawn care. First of all, if your lawn is so wet there are puddles or the characteristic squishing sound as you walk, avoid mowing. If the grass is becoming a jungle, then mow with the lightest weight mower possible so...

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How to Grow: Using Fallen Leaves

Listen to this podcast on how to use fallen leaves in your garden and landscape Fall is great for shuffling through a layers of dried, fallen leaves. I love the smell, sound, and feeling of the leaves underfoot. But leaves are also a great resource for your garden, lawn and yard. So, let's look at 5 ways to use those leaves in the garden. On your lawn it's best to leave the leaves. A thin layer of fallen leaves on the lawn can be chopped up with a mower and left to decompose. Earthworms and other soil creatures will chomp on the leaves...