How to Tell if You Have a Grub Problem

If you’ve spent any time outside this summer, you know that insects are everywhere. Most insects are beneficial or harmless to us, our lawns and our landscapes. Of all the insects though, few are as despised or well-known as Japanese beetles and their counterparts Masked Shaffer, European Shaffer, Oriental Garden Beetle, and others. These summertime…

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Planning Ahead for a Successful and Environmentally-Responsible Lawn

With spring in the air, you may be spending a lot of time daydreaming about relaxing on or near your beautiful and safely maintained lawn. But not so fast, an environmentally-responsible lawn takes planning and preparing to be the success that you envision.   What are the Purposes You’d like Your Lawn to Serve? The…

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“Real Life Lawn Care” Series: What is Crabgrass and How Do You Stop it?


This post is the first installment in our “Real Life Lawn Care” series of posts, which will discuss various and insidious weeds that grow in the Washington DC metro area, as well as other lawn care tips. What is Crabgrass? Let’s start with the facts: Crabgrass is a warm-season annual grassy weed. Being an annual, it completes…

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