How Can I Grow Grass in the Shade?

How Can I Grow Grass in the Shade?

The short answer is, you can’t.  This is probably the single biggest issue lawn care companies face day after day, and unfortunately, there really isn’t a good solution.  Folks typically do not want to remove trees to improve their lawn, and they aren’t happy to hear...
Should I Be Worried About Glyphosate?

Should I Be Worried About Glyphosate?

The chemical glyphosate, found in the herbicide Roundup, has been making headlines lately – especially after a judge ruled in January that Roundup can add a “cancer warning” to its label. Glyphosate is NOT in the herbicide that we use regularly on customer lawns, but...
Healthy Turf Helps The Earth

Healthy Turf Helps The Earth

Did you know that a 2500 square foot lawn produces enough oxygen for a family of four for a year?1 And that dense lawns typically are void of the many weedy species that often produce allergy-related pollens?2 Researchers have documented these and numerous other...
5 Reasons Why Crabgrass Is Rampant

5 Reasons Why Crabgrass Is Rampant

I read this brief article in the August issue of Turf Magazine and thought it captured in very few words why crabgrass can be such a problem.  While the article talks specifically about crabgrass in 2013, I think you can read it more generally about problems in any...
Weeds On Edges?

Weeds On Edges?

Emerald Lawn Care receives calls every year asking “Why does my lawn look good except for all the weeds around the edges?” There are actually several reasons this is an issue on many lawns. 1) The concrete/asphalt of the driveway, sidewalks, curbs, and other...
Unique Challenges For Tear-Down Properties

Unique Challenges For Tear-Down Properties

When a new house is built on a tear-down site, the good soil is often sold off and replaced after construction with lesser-quality soil.  We have checked many tear-down properties and pulled soil cores, finding little or no top soil and solid clay. What does this mean...
Emerald Lawn Care’s Six Tips for a Healthier Lawn

Emerald Lawn Care’s Six Tips for a Healthier Lawn

#1 Mow High! – Mowing your lawn at a taller height is the single most important rule you can follow when caring for your lawn.  There is a one-to-one relationship between the height of your grass and the root depth.  This means if you are mowing your lawn at 2 inches,...