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Organic Fertilizer

Organic Fertilizer

Organic fertilizers are an increasingly popular choice, offering a natural way to nourish lawns while supporting soil health. These fertilizers are typically derived from plant or animal by-products and provide various benefits for the soil.  Composition of Organic...

Organic Based Fertilizer

Organic Based Fertilizer

Organic-Based Fertilizer is an innovative blend of natural organic materials and controlled-release synthetic fertilizers. It represents a hybrid approach to lawn nutrition, combining the immediate effectiveness of synthetic fertilizers with the long-term benefits of...

Controlled Release Fertilizer

Controlled Release Fertilizer

Controlled-release fertilizers (CRFs) represent a significant advancement in agricultural and horticultural technology, offering a more efficient and environmentally friendly way to deliver nutrients to lawns. The key to their effectiveness lies in their unique...

Rise of the Chinch Bugs!

Rise of the Chinch Bugs!

Insect activity can always be a challenge to keeping your lawn lush and green, but in the last two years we have been surprised by the rise we’ve seen in chinch bug activity on home lawns. As seen above, chinch bugs are an extremely small, winged insect and will be...

EPA on Glyphosate

EPA on Glyphosate

We frequently get questions regarding the use of glyphosate (an ingredient in Roundup and other brands of non-selective herbicide), so we wanted to share this concise summary from the University of Wisconsin Extension regarding the EPA’s recent conclusion on...

Winter Prep for Your Lawn and Landscape

Winter Prep for Your Lawn and Landscape

Now that winter and the holiday season is nearly upon the Chicago area, there are some things to take care of on your property before you are unable to do so. Winter preparation is all about cleaning the yard and conserving moisture on your landscape. If you can, give...

Grubs – Common Lawn Pest in the Fall

Grubs – Common Lawn Pest in the Fall

September and October is the time to be scouting for signs of grub activity - this is when their feeding causes turf to wilt and die. Look for brown or dead areas of the lawn where the turf is easily lifted because the roots have been chewed. You will likely find...

Billbug – The Lawn Pest You’ve Never Heard Of

Billbug – The Lawn Pest You’ve Never Heard Of

Bluegrass billbug is a very difficult insect to diagnose in turf. Billbug damage is often confused with compacted turf, drought stress, nematode damage, white grubs, and dollar spot. As a result of this confusion, billbugs are often not diagnosed and can become a...

More Information About Glyphosate

Glyphosate is not in any of our regularly-used products,  but we get a lot of questions about it from our customers. Here are some facts compiled by the National Association of Landscape Professionals. For even more information, see NALP's bulletin here. Facts about...

What’s in My Fertilizer Bag?

What’s in My Fertilizer Bag?

"What chemicals are in your fertilizer?" Customers want to know what's being applied to their lawns, so we are frequently asked this question. This article from The Landscape Contractor magazine gives a good explanation of what nutrients make up a typical fertilizer...

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