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Where does the crabgrass in your lawn come from each year? The crabgrass seed that germinates in your lawn this spring was most likely produced late last summer. If you had crabgrass in your lawn last year, learn the steps to take to control it this year.

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Fall in the northern U.S. is an ideal time for lawns to recover from summer stress and to build a strong foundation for a healthy turf for next year. Learn why fertilizing your lawn now will get your lawn off to a great start for next year.

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Most consider dethatching a chore, but the payback can be enormous in improving the health of your lawn. Here are the answers to the five most commonly asked questions about dethatching your lawn.

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Your lawn is really an extension of your living space – invaluable for play, family time and entertaining. It’s also the backdrop for your home, and contributes to your neighborhood’s overall appeal. Knowing how to keep it watered – without overdoing it or wasting water – is an important part of overall home maintenance.

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Following watering basics will nurture the plants you’d hoped for while conserving an essential commodity. Monitor your plantings to determine how much supplemental water, if any, is needed.

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A healthy lawn is a 24/7 filter for dirt, dust and impurities from the air. Like all plants it absorbs carbon dioxide and releases life giving-oxygen. These steps will assure your lawn has what it needs to provide those benefits this summer.

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Your equipment will last longer and do a better job of assisting you if its properly maintained. Now is a good time to make sure your tools are in shape for your spring gardening plans and consider purchasing new ones.

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You can take advantage of warm days to start your spring lawn and garden clean-up process, but don’t rush things and cause damage. Give some thought to what you can and can’t do according to weather and ground conditions.

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The average homeowner grows grass blades, but professional lawn care experts fertilize to grow strong roots.

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Have questions about fertilizers, including when to apply it and how to select the right fertilizer for your lawn, then check our frequently asked questions page to find the answers to most questions.

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Major universities that do research in lawn care management recommend a fertilizer that supplies 1.5 lbs. of nitrogen be applied to the lawn in fall to follow the natural growth cycle of grass plants.

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Get to know your local state extension agency and you will find local help to many of your lawn related problems. They will be a source of soil test and knowledgeable about lawn problems that are unique to your area and region. Check this page for links to all state extension agencies.

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When is the best time to apply fertilizer? Spring fertilization is important and is generally combined with weed control, but don't forget to fertilize again in fall.

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