Category: Lawn Care

Spring aeration, over-seeding, pre-emergent.

Spring aeration, over-seeding, pre-emergent. I have noticed a few signs advertising aeration and over-seeding.  It’s almost March now and that got my attention.  Couple things to consider.  First, over-seeding should be done in fall.  However, due to last season’s dry spell, many non-irrigated lawns where too dry to core aerate.  Many lawns are now in [Continue]

Number of mowings per year declining as climate heats up.

Number of mowings per year declining as climate heats up. Some data collected on number of mowing(s) per year, over the past five years.   Combination of irrigated and non-irrigated lawns.  With the dry heat we had last season, even watered lawns required less service. Data collected in Knoxville and Louisville, Tennessee. 2012 –  32   Mowing(s) [Continue]

Belt vs Hydrostatic drive

Belt vs Hydrostatic drive. You’re looking to buy a walk behind mower.  Maybe it’s your first machine for home use or for business. Here’s a short article on buying a new machine.   My first real commercial mower was a 36″ belt drive Scag.  This was about twenty-five years ago.   I paid about $2,400 for [Continue]

Buying a new Mowing Machine

Buying a new mowing machine these days can be a little daunting.  For this article I’m  focusing on commercial machines. There are several makes, models and configurations.   You need to consider how the machine will be used.  Terrain, mowing conditions, hours of usage, crew size, and transporting the unit.  Some features you like on one make and [Continue]

Turf disease

Our current weather pattern has exacerbated turf diseases such as brown patch, dollar spot, etc. Fungicides are available to manage the diseases.   These pictures taken June 13th, 2014.  Louisville, TN See lawn page for tips on proper lawn care. Visit turf products page Fungicides are a little pricy, usually don’t cover a large area, and [Continue]

Turf grass disease

Once again turf grass disease is an issue this year here in the transition zone of eastern TN.  It’s definitely ubiquitous here in the Knoxville area.  Would suspect it’s an issue elsewhere as well.   I treated multiple times last year for brown patch.  Unfortunately it can’t be fully eradicated.  One way to managed it is with the use of [Continue]

Merit. Grub Control

Now is also a good time to apply an application for grub control. Optional, yet recommended to avoid potential lawn damage. Merit is a good product to use. If you have moles this product will also help, as it kills off their food source. Grubs can do a lot of damage to a lawn. Usually [Continue]