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How To Have The Softest Lawn in 2020

Hey there Lawn Care Nut!I know we are still in winter and your lawn is under snow and ice, so I made some content that I hope will brighten your day and get you thinking about the sunny days and blue skies ahead.In fact, do you know that the first official day of Spring is Thursday, March 19? That’s 39 days away give or take a leap year day in there somewhere. So check this out: I made a fairly long video this week - full of tips - and I broke it all down for you in this email so you can digest the parts that are most interesting to you.Think of this as “show notes” with commentary about the video I just produced.The cool thing about it is that there is something here for everyone and if you watch the entire thing from start to finish, you’ll pick it up and be a stronger Lawn Care Nut heading...

Florida and Texas DIY Pre-Emergent Lawn Care Guide

I wrote this plan specifically for “South Florida” as a winter pre-emergent and soil plan, but many of you could still benefit from incorporating a lot of this into your plans as well. Watch The Videos First off, make sure you watch the video I put out just this past weekend outlining the basics of the Florida Pre-Emergent Plan. I’m not going to get into the watering portion in this written guide, so just make sure you get down at least 1” of water a week anywhere in Florida.Even if your turf is brown and dormant, your soil is not and we don’t want it to dry out completely.Here is a fun video showing you some ways to get your sprinkler heads free from being buried after the long summer:   Controlling Weeds In Florida Lawns Keep in mind. There is no pre-emergent that controls every single weed.A pre-emergent weed control strategy is only a piece of the overall approach.No...

Your Lawn Care Season is NOT Over Yet

Hey there, sorry it’s been a few weeks since I’ve sent an email with tips. I’ve been recovering from the GIE+EXPO while also taking some time to have a little fun with a Famous Lawn Mower Yard Sale Prank, as well as changing the oil in my mowers. Note: I did not get a chance to run my yearly Halloween Domination party at the house this season. I just wasn’t able to pull it together this year. However, we have something more important than that going on right now, the entire lawn care community is raising awareness for #MowVember and I shaved off my beard in this video here.   Crazy Late Fall Weather Speaking of canceled Halloween… look what Joe from Chicago sent me… this was his lawn Halloween night! Just so you know, that much snow is VERY early for da-Chicago-Land-Area Over-Bye-Dare! Brian B, another Chicago-Land resident - sent this pic of his covered up domination as well....

How to get Rid of Violets and Creeping Charlie In The Lawn

What’s up y’all - welcome to the very middle of October. I’m on the road to the GIE Expo this week but wanted to take some time and drop some tips on you. For you cool season folks (Kentucky Bluegrass, Perennial Rye, Turf Type Tall Fescue) I’m seeing more and more reports of wild violet and creeping charlie.Especially if you have gotten through your aeration and overseeding and are back to mowing regularly; all that watering and fertilizing you have been doing has also encouraged these weeds and now it’s time to get on top of them. The good news is: the very best time to get after these two common viney weeds is the fall time when outside air temps are above 55F during the day (outside air temps, NOT soil temps).The warmer the better, but as long as temps during the day are getting up over 55F for most of the day, you can get on these guys...

Cool Season Lawns - Seeding and Not Seeding

With the crazy weather around the country this week, for some of you, it may be time to call “no joy” and look for a different strategy.For others, you may just need to hold the line for a few more days until relief comes. Is It Time To Call No Joy? From military aviation. A pilot reports "no joy" when an attempt to establish visual or radio contact with another aircraft is unsuccessful; or when an attempt to acquire a target - either visually or on tactical radar - is unsuccessful. (source)I’m looking at you folks who have been hammered with heat and dried out like the desert the last month or so.Now I’m seeing record highs set this week yet again.From this report:On Tuesday, all-time October record highs were set or tied in more than a dozen U.S. cities. This included Cleveland; Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga, Tennessee; Louisville, Kentucky; Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Indianapolis and Evansville, Indiana; Syracuse, New...