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Lawn Health

While fungus naturally occurs in grass and can be harmless, certain conditions can cause these fungi to become harmful diseases to your grass.  Weather conditions, especially temperature and humidity, can make certain fungi flare up, and too much rain or drought can also cause disease.  Mowing too low of a setting and cutting the grass off closer to the roots can make it more susceptible to fungus, and large amounts of fertilizer can green up your lawn quickly, but too much nitrogen can lower grass’ defense against disease.  Here are some tips to help prevent disease in your lawn:

 - Aerate your yard every couple of years.  This loosens the soil and allows grass to put down stronger roots, as well as allows more oxygen and water into the ground.

 - De-thatch your yard. Removing excess grass clippings and debris allows better absorption of water and drainage of excess water.

 - Apply a layer of top-dress. This will also help drainage and improve the soil.

Magnolias

If you are looking for a beautiful new tree to add to your landscape design, a Magnolia is a great choice.  This tree is a spring blooming tree that has blooms in a plethora of pinks, from pale to rosy hues.  There are a variety of types as well, such as Saucer Magnolias, Galaxy Magnolias, or pictured above Goka Magnolia Kobus. Saucer Magnolias usually have clump trunks, which means there are several trunks coming out of the ground for one tree, and a fully mature Magnolia can grow to about 25 feet in height and about the same in width. The Galaxy Magnolia is usually a single stemmed tree with just one trunk, and the branches and flowers grow more upright. They only flower for about a week in the spring, but this is a great way to start the spring with a beautiful splash of color in your yard, and you’ll be the envy of the neighborhood!

 

Spring Growth

Spring in here, and with it so are beautiful plants and a variety of flowering trees! Although the weather has turned cooler again for a short time, these plants will not be deterred.  Be on the lookout for flowering trees, such as white barked birches, crab apples, cherries, and magnolias. These trees have wonderful flowers and leaves that are emerging after the winter months, and as they add color to your yard and neighborhoods, they bring the promise of warm summer nights spent outside with family and friends. Make sure you are pruning off any dead branches so that the tree can fill in those spaces with new growth, and depending on your preference and how old the tree is, you may want to prune some of the lower branches to give them a nice, clean look.

 

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