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Lawn Pests

As we have discussed in a previous post, fungus can pose a threat to your healthy looking lawn.  Aside from fungus, there are other unwelcome intruders that can bring down your curb appeal and break up an otherwise uniform and lovely lawn. Some of these invaders include dandelions, yellow nutsedge, snails and slugs, and Japanese beetles. For the plant intruders, there are some solutions that could be bought at a local store to kill off dandelions, as well as help beat back the yellow nutsedge. The nutsedge however will be more of a process to remove, since the tubers (or root base) can survive for up to three years.  Nutsedge loves wet soil, so make sure your yard has proper drainage to avoid these from getting a foothold. As for the snails and slugs, one remedy is to put small dishes of beer around your yard, and when they try to drink it, they will drown before they have a chance to cause damage.

Magnolia Trees

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!