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How to Tell if Your Lawn Needs a Lime Treatment

How to Tell if Your Lawn Needs a Lime Treatment

It's a good idea to be aware of the pH level of your soil in order to cultivate a healthy lawn. When your soil has a low pH level, meaning it has higher levels of acidity, the growth of your lawn is hindered due to a lack of nutrients. However, there is a way to restore these pH levels in your soil, and that is by way of lime treatment. In short, lime makes soil less acidic, which will allow your plants to grow and flourish in healthy soil! One way to tell if your lawn is in need of a lime...
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4 Things Currently in Your Yard That Are Attracting Mosquitoes

4 Things Currently in Your Yard That Are Attracting Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are a constant nuisance to both you and your property. As the weather continues to heat up and as we experience more rainfall here in Iowa, more mosquitoes are starting to come out and breed. If you’re noticing a lot of mosquitoes in your yard, you may unknowingly have things in your yard that are attracting them. Some things that mosquitoes are attracted to include standing water, piles of debris, overgrown vegetation, and tall grass. By not removing or tending to...
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Soil - The Importance of the Earth Below Your Grass

Soil - The Importance of the Earth Below Your Grass

Beneath your healthy and vibrant grass is the soil that holds the roots and supports your turf. Soil is the layer in the ground where plants grow and thrive. There are many different soil types, including sand, silt, and clay. Here in Iowa, we have a combination of all 3 soil types. Each has varying drainage capabilities and nutrient compositions, which is why it is so important to regularly test your soil to find out what it needs to help your grass thrive. Learn more about the earth...
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Spring in Iowa Is Root-Feeding Season for Your Trees & Shrubs!

Spring in Iowa Is Root-Feeding Season for Your Trees & Shrubs!

Trees and shrubs are often overlooked parts of a landscape, despite adding great value and beauty. Because of the environmental stressors from the previous season here in Iowa, spring is the perfect time to show your trees and shrubs some much-needed TLC with a root-feeding fertilization treatment. What makes spring the opportune time to do this is that your landscaping plants will need the boost to heal from winter and prepare themselves for the upcoming heat of summer. While there are other...
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This Chemical-Free Lawn Care Service Will Bring Your Grass Back to Life

This Chemical-Free Lawn Care Service Will Bring Your Grass Back to Life

The winters we have here in Iowa can take a toll on your lawn, which is why your grass needs all the help it can get as it wakes up from winter dormancy and prepares for the growing season. If you're looking for a lawn care solution that doesn't involve chemicals, core aeration is going to be your lawn's best bet. Core aeration is a mechanical process that includes pulling plugs of soil from your lawn to reduce compaction. It allows nutrients and resources to easily...
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WOW Your Customers With These Landscaping Tips

WOW Your Customers With These Landscaping Tips

In business, presenting your products and services to your customers in a good way is a must. However, if you are a brick-and-mortar business, your establishment and its surroundings should look good as well. A well-planned landscape design with bursts of colors from landscape beds can be your starting point to improve your establishment's appearance. Your customers will also value the time they spend on your establishment if it has elements of nature from water features and fire pits....
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Spring Is Here & It’s Time to Replenish Your Mulch

Spring Is Here & It’s Time to Replenish Your Mulch

Mulch is a great addition to any landscape bed. It not only elevates your curb appeal, but it also provides numerous benefits to your plants. However, mulch doesn't last forever. Over time, it will decompose and will no longer provide many of the benefits it did when it was first installed. This is why it's a good idea to replenish your mulch every year, and one of the best times to do so is in the spring. In Iowa, spring signals the transition from frigid cold temperatures...
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The Tell-Tale Sign Your Tree Has an Iron Deficiency & What to Do About It

The Tell-Tale Sign Your Tree Has an Iron Deficiency & What to Do About It

Iron is a vital micronutrient that is needed for healthy plant growth. It helps your trees manufacture chlorophyll, the pigment that makes the trees on your leaves green. If you notice that your tree is developing yellow leaves with green veins, it's the tell-tale sign that your tree has an iron deficiency. It happens when the soil pH is high, a common situation in Iowa. High soil pH makes iron insoluble in the ground, which means your tree cannot absorb it. When this occurs,...
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Don’t Skip Out on Aerating Your Lawn This Spring!

Don’t Skip Out on Aerating Your Lawn This Spring!

If you're looking for ways to improve the health and vigor of your turf this spring in Iowa, scheduling an aeration service can do the job. Aeration involves pulling tiny plugs of soil from the ground to loosen compacted soil and allow the roots of your grass to access more nutrients and resources like water, air, and sunlight, which will help it revive itself after winter dormancy. Additionally, aeration equips your turf with the strength to fight off lawn diseases and insects....
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Does My Lawn Have Brown Patch Disease or Does It Just Need Water?

Does My Lawn Have Brown Patch Disease or Does It Just Need Water?

Brown patch is a fungal disease that commonly affects lawns here in Iowa. As the name suggests, this disease is characterized by the large, brown patches it leaves on your lawn. However, these brown spots can also indicate that your lawn is dehydrated. To figure out which issue your lawn is suffering from, you should first consider your watering schedule and check if you are watering your lawn correctly. Next, you should take a closer look at the brown spots on your lawn to see if they ...
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