Category: Plant Care

Weeds, Weeds, Weeds!

Of course, this is our old friend, crabgrass. When we see crabgrass in a lawn that has been treated with a preventive control, all things being equal, we can usually find a secondary cause for its presence. For instance, in the photograph above the crabgrass is growing adjacent to an asphalt driveway. Why is that … Continued

Team Up to Clean Up – The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Sacramento

Debug the West has officially begun. First stop, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Sacramento!  On Friday, June 10, RISE teamed up with local landscaper, John Williams from Terra Care & Associates and local vector control specialist, Luz Maria Rodriguez from the Sacramento Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District, to help members of the … Continued

Fertilizing Lawns in Spring

Dr. John Stier, environmental turfgrass extension specialist, professor and chair of the Dept. of Horticulture-University of Wisconsin, Madison. Spring time always gets people excited about their lawns.  Store shelves are stocked with lawn care products and advertisements are on TV and in the Sunday paper for grasses, mowers, and fertilizers.  Our lawns need three things to grow well: … Continued

Watering and Aerating Your Lawn

Cathie Lavis is a professor of horticulture at Kansas State University. Her expertise includes landscaping, arboriculture, irrigation, and landscape contracting. She provides insight for homeowners and gardeners on plant care, selection, and more. Water and air are necessitates of life, not only to you and me, but also to the grass that grows in our lawns. … Continued

Show Me Some ID: Identifying Weeds in your Lawn

A commonly repeated definition of a “weed” is “an unwanted plant.” This broad definition can make the process of identifying – and controlling – weeds a bit daunting. But understanding a few common weeds, and particularly learning about those that may pose health or wellness dangers, is an important first step toward maintaining safe, healthy … Continued

National Lawn Care Month – What can your lawn do for you?

April is National Lawn Care Month and that means it is time for you to get outside and starting working on your lawn and garden.  A lawn can do more than just be a source of pride for American homeowners. A lush, green lawn can reduce allergies, boost real estate value and lower the amount … Continued

Fertilizer and Water Quality

Most homeowners are becoming increasingly more aware of how their actions in regards to home maintenance, lawn care and more influence the environment around them. This is good news – we all need to play our part in protecting the world in which we live. However, it’ also important to have the full story – … Continued

Day 4: Clean!

Today is Thursday, and that means it is time to clean your home — not the deep cleaning you instantly dread, but putting away and throwing away clutter. Pests need three things to survive: food, water, and a place to live. If you can control access to food around the home and eliminate standing water, … Continued

Day 2: Study and Prepare

After investigating your home for potential pest problems, this next step is all about arming yourself with knowledge about the problems you have identified.  Here, you will want to study the problems you found while investigating and prepare to solve those problems. . By studying and preparing, you’re not only learning about the pests in … Continued

Live in an apartment? Container gardening is easy and rewarding.

Cathie Lavis is a professor of horticulture at Kansas State University. Her expertise includes landscaping, arboriculture, irrigation, and landscape contracting. She provides insight for homeowners and gardeners on plant care, selection, and more. You do not have to walk the historic narrow streets of Orvieto, Italy to realize flowers and plants create romance, ambiance and … Continued

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