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News: Japanese Stiltgrass

  (Microstegium vimineum) is a shade tolerant, annual C4 grass. It is a straggling plant, usually 36” in height, and the reclining stems can grow up to 40” long. Its stems are typically branched, rooting at the lower nodes, and the nodes and internodes are smooth and hairless. The long narrow leaf blades are 2-4”…

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Turf Talk

Weevils and White Grubs …oh my! In the northern parts of the region Annual Bluegrass Weevils are just reaching their larval stage while the southern areas should have already incurred the worst of the primary generation. The damage should not have been too severe as the first stage occurred during the earlier part of June…

The Secret of Soft Grass

Seasonal Stress

Lawn Lessons Soil temperature can be a determining factor in the health and wellbeing of your lawn. Intense summer heat creates stressful growing conditions for your grass season mixes. Cool season grass mixes, used a lot in the north and mid-atlantic regions, experience optimal growth conditions when soil temperatures are between 60 to 75 degrees,…

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Drought Distinction

Deficiency Diagnosis Although scarcity of water does not appear to be an issue at this moment, sufficient precipitation and relatively mild temperatures allow for consistent, adequate soil moisture levels, however, as the growing season continues and temperatures increase drought conditions may present themselves. These conditions should be closely monitored and treated accordingly. Stress can be…

Deer Birthing Season

Keep your eye out for some new additions to your neighborhood over the next few weeks.  May and June are the typical months when white tailed deer will birth their young.  These fawns have been carried all winter, and as temperatures begin to warm up, mothers will begin looking for a safe place to have…

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Knotweed Woes

Invasives Invasion Invasive species can make habitat conservation, restoration and management incredibly difficult. Once non-native, invasive or noxious plants establish themselves, removal and eradication become very labor intensive, requiring manual removal, possible chemical applications and years of monitoring and maintenance.  Invasive species will compromise a habitat by taking over the niche of native species, native…

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Mother’s Day Merriment

Matriarchal Mythos Mother’s day is celebrated in different ways and on different days worldwide, but the reason for the holiday is universal; honoring all of the hard work, sleepless nights, sacrifices and love that comes with motherhood. There are some historical ties to religious rites honoring goddesses or mother church, but the current incarnation is celebrated…

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The Crux of Fruit Tree Care: Part II-Disease

Blight Breakdown Fruit trees can be a beautiful and productive asset on any landscape; tenacious, sweet smelling blooms provide aesthetic appeal while also attracting pollinators and fruit can be harvested or left as wildlife forage. However, they can be susceptible to diseases which will compromise aesthetic value, growth and fruit production.  Detection, identification, prevention and…