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From spring weed control to fall fertilizer to winterizing your lawn, our turf tips here on the blog will ensure your property looks healthy all year long!
What Kind of Fertilizer Does My Lawn Need?
Fall is upon us here in the New River Valley. We’ve already had some cooler temperatures and the leaves are starting to change across the area. We at Green Care Turf have been busy with the many fall services
Overseeding Your Lawn: The What, When, and Why
It’s hard to believe that it’s almost back-to-school season! This busy time of year for many families is also a crucial season for caring for your lawn. The Green Care team will soon be tackling many important lawn care
How Weeds Are Classified, Part 2: Structure & Form
Although we’ve enjoyed some pleasant, below average temperatures throughout much of June here in the New River Valley, temperatures this week are feeling like a preview of the dog days of summer that are likely to come in July
How Weeds Are Classified, Part 1: Life Cycles
As we transition from spring to summer here in the New River Valley, we’re enjoying some blooming bushes and flowers in the landscape. From rhododendron to irises, these are providing some nice pops of color. Unfortunately, we’re also still
5 Tips for a Healthier Turf This Mowing Season
After a long winter with lots of snow, spring finally seems to be in full bloom here in the New River Valley. With the mostly warmer daytime temperatures recently, along with the rain we had last weekend, lawns around
Making a Plan for Spring Lawn Care & Turf Health
Happy New Year! We hope that you and your family have stayed healthy and safe amidst the craziness of the COVID-19 pandemic. With all the chilly temperatures and snowfall we’ve seen so far this winter, most of us are
Different Types of Grass Growth: Root Growth vs. Top Growth
Photo by Oregon State University Extension via Flickr. Photo used according to CC BY-SA 2.0 license. After what seemed like a fairly cool September, we enjoyed a lot of warmer temperatures throughout the past few weeks of
The Importance of Nitrogen Fertilizer for Your Lawn
Fertilizing your grass is an important step if you want to have a healthy, green lawn for as much of the year as possible. Here in the New River Valley of Virginia, most lawns consist primarily of cool season
Problematic Grasses in Your Lawn This Summer
Here in the New River Valley of Virginia, we’ve seen a wet summer so far. While we’ve had some hot, muggy days, we’ve had plenty of unseasonably cool temperatures too. Despite some of the cooler weather, homeowners may be
What Kind of Grass is Best for Lawns in the New River Valley of Virginia?
While spring started off unseasonably warm, it slowed to a halt with much cooler than normal temperatures throughout most of May. Now as we come off of nearly a week of torrential rains, many of us may be wishing
What Kind of Grass Should I Plant? Cool Season vs. Warm Season Grasses for the New River Valley of Virginia
We started off spring in a hurry here in the New River Valley of Virginia. That, along with the stay-at-home requirements in this time of COVID-19, has many people doing yard and landscaping work whenever the weather has allowed
Two Things You May Be Seeing In Your Lawn & Landscape This Spring
Well, it looks like Punxsutawney Phil was actually right for once. Spring has certainly arrived early this year, including here in the New River Valley! According to the US National Phenology Network, it’s about 2-3 weeks early in our
How Do Our Lawns Weather the Cold of Winter?
The first half of January was unseasonably warm, with maximum temperature departures as high as 23 degrees from normal! This made the more typical winter temperatures of the second half of the month feel extra cold. Despite the mildness
Early Fall Drought & Its Impact on the NRV
We started off fall with abnormally high temperatures and low rainfall totals that put the New River Valley into drought conditions. As of October 22, our area was still in a moderate drought, according to the National Weather Service
The Benefits of Fall Seeding
We’ve officially entered fall as of last week, but the weather here in the New River Valley felt much more like summer for the whole month of September. With high temperatures and extremely low rainfall totals, the lawns in
Lime Application for Your Lawn: The What, When, & Why
As summer winds to a close yet again, we had been experiencing hot and abnormally dry conditions in parts of the New River Valley recently. But as the kids are back in school now, many of us shift our
The Dog Days of Summer & Your Lawn
July, especially the last couple weeks or so, have been hot and dry—the “dog days of summer” that we typically get in the New River Valley but that we never really got in June. This weather can be hard
Problematic Summer Insects in Your Lawn
We’ve kicked off the summer months here in the New River Valley with an unseasonably cool June with lots of storms. Most yards are growing rapidly, and you may even be having trouble finding time between the rain and
Weed Control 101: Pre-Emergent vs. Post-Emergent Herbicides
With all the trees, bushes, and flowers in full bloom, spring in the New River Valley is certainly a beautiful time of year. However, along with all those things we love to see in bloom, we also see a
Grass Clippings & Thatch: Getting It Right
We’re finally enjoying some more consistent spring-like weather here in the New River Valley. The trees are beginning to bloom and the daffodils and crocuses are providing pops of colors to our flower beds. Along with this spring growth,
3 Reasons NOT to Seed Your Lawn in the Spring
The weather here in the Green Care service area since the beginning of 2019 has been keeping us on our toes with wild temperature swings and continuing wet weather. It’s been hard to know what season to dress for!
4 Ways to Prepare Your Lawn & Landscape for Spring
Here in the New River Valley in mid February, most are still in winter mode. Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction of an early spring, followed by several unseasonably warm days may have temporarily shifted some of us out of that. But
Snow & Ice Melt Products & Your Lawn
The November ice storm followed by the unseasonably large December snow storm here in the New River Valley may have had some of us thinking that this winter would be a doozy. However, the new year has started off relatively
What Should I Do With All the Leaves on My Lawn?
The leaves are reaching their peak fall colors here in the Green Care service area! While you’re enjoying the beauty of the season, in the back of your mind you’re probably thinking that soon enough, all those leaves will
Why Core Aeration?
It’s hard to believe that it’s back to school season, which means that fall is right around the corner! In fact, we’re starting later this week on one of the most important services we offer this time of year—core
Caring for Your Turf in the Heat of Summer
July was hot and dry in the New River Valley. Reports from the National Weather Service in Blacksburg show that while the average temperature for the month was on par with what we normally have, the rainfall was almost
What Are Grubs & Why Can They Be a Problem in My Lawn?
Grubs: Should I Be Worried About Them in My Lawn? We often get asked this question. White grubs are the immature forms of several types of beetles, one of which you probably know, the Japanese Beetle! These beetles spend the
Avoiding Over-Fertilization This Spring & Summer
Avoid the Temptation to Over-Fertilize Your Lawn This Spring & Summer As spring gives way into summer, our gardening efforts are beginning to pay off. Gardeners have visions of lush ornamentals laden with blooms of all shapes and colors,
8 Tips to Transition from Fall to Winter & Protect Your Lawn During the Cold Months
Preparing Your Lawn for Winter As we transition from fall to winter and things are slowing down on the lawn and landscape front, what other jobs still need to be done? A couple of things that we always think