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Beneficial microorganisms in soil are key to plant life. Find out what types of microorganisms are in soil and how to increase them.
Lawn weeds can spread quickly and can ruin the appearance of your lawn. Find out what it takes to control them.
Did you know that in well aerated, oxygen rich soils certain aerobic bacteria will take atmospheric Nitrogen and convert it to Nitrogen plants can use.
In compacted or wet and saturated soils where oxygen is low, anaerobic bacteria will reverse the process and take soil nitrogen and convert it to atmospheric nitrogen.
It is important to maintain well-drained and aerated soils so nitrogen is naturally present in the soil.
Did you know honey bees do not see the color red. They do not have a photoreceptor for that color. If you are planting flowers to attract honey bees, remember they only see 6 colors - all within the ultraviolet range to include yellow (though not well) - blues - violets - and greens range. Most can also see white.
So how do bees find nectar in red flowers. The flower itself often has a road map imprinted on the petals that is invisible to humans. This map can be seen in ultraviolet light that bees can see.
Fun Fact: Bentgrass is a wonderful grass, is cut extremely short, and is the one of the deciding factors between an average golf course and a fantastic one. Did you know that Bentgrass, used on golf greens, does not have the ability under normal conditions to endure high summer heat, especially in the south. Not without being micro-managed. Yet, it is used on golf greens. Why??
Golf greens are high maintenance and receive attention on a daily basis. In summer they can get attention several times a day. This extreme attention to detail by experienced turf managers is why it is used on greens and why it can survive where it was never intended to be grown.
A common myth is that you can lower your grass cutting height to look like a golf course. Find out why this can harm or even kill your grass.
Getting rid of fleas can be a daunting task even when done properly. Success will always depend on your chosen methods and materials used.
Over wintering koi properly can keep your fish healthy year after year. Learn important tips that will help make the transition easier.
Wild onions and wild garlic are cool season perennial grass-like weeds. They stand out in lawns, because they grow faster than the surrounding grass and are difficult to control.
Understanding the basic biology of grass seed germination will reinforce your knowledge of planting a lawn and help answer the “Why is it done this way?” line of questions.
Humic acid is one of the most important components of organic matter. It is a bio-stimulant that benefits plants including stimulating root growth and increase photosynthesis.
Spring is on its way and it is time to start spraying Agri-Gro's Liquid Calcium.
Agri-Gro's Liquid Calcium provides immediately available calcium that plants can absorb and use. It also contains organic acids that breaks down unavailable calcium in the soil so it too can be used by plants.
University studies have shown that one gallon of liquid calcium was equivalent to 500 lbs of lime due to the organic acids that break down calcium in the soil.
At only $4.95 a gallon for agricultural use, you can't beat agri-Gro's Liquid Calcium. (The $4.95 price is for 55 gallons or more.)
So whether you are planting food plots for deer, growing hay or field crops, or orchards, you need to start planning now. For more information, please contact Lawn Care Academy. Our contact pages has all the information for reaching us.
If it is in the dead of winter and you are looking out across lawns or fields and see both green and tan grass, most likely it is showing two different categories of grasses.
Cool Season Grasses have the ability to stay green far into the winter. In mild winters, they may be green until spring. Why is this?
It is the genetic make-up of the plant. Even during the winter the roots may still be taking on nutrients. While the green tops may not be growing, there is still a lot going on inside the plant.
On the other hand, Warm Season Grasses will go dormant in the fall and turn brown. Very little is happening inside the plant. No amount of fertilizer will make dormant grass turn green in winter. The exception is St. Augustine Grass and others that grow so far south they never go dormant.
Where both Cool Season Grass and Warm Season Grasses are grown together you will see some green grass and some tan grass. On high quality sports fields and golf courses where two or more different species are grown, you can clearly see the different types.
The picture on the left shows where the greens are a cool season grass and the rough is a warm season grass. This makes the greens more playable and the sharp distinction leaves no question about where to place the ball.
Many southern home lawns will overseed warm season bermudagrass with cool season ryegrass so the lawn has some green color in winter.
For more information about grass types, please Click Here.
Now is the time to check your mower and equipment to make sure it is running well. Most people don't think about the mower until spring. If is doesn't start or needs repair they call the shop. The problem is they are behind by several weeks by then.
To avoid the rush on getting it repaired, especially when grass is growing and needing cut, go out and check things over now.
If your mower is sluggish to start try placing a "Battery Tender" on it. It looks like a small electric charger, but it works differently. The Battery Tender doesn't switch off when the battery is fully charged, but switches to "Float Mode". As the cold starts to consume the battery's power again, the battery tender switches back on. It can be left on all winter without harming the battery.
Make sure your gas has a stabilizer in it. I know it is already February and it should have been added by now, but it may be another two months before you are ready to mow. It is better now than to wait until spring.
Does your mower need new tires, belts or blades sharpened? Now is a good time to take care of it.
If anything looks like it is going to be a problem, you can fix it or bring it in to your mechanic to be fixed. Don't wait until spring to find this out or you could have a long wait.
Many myths have surfaced about fertilizer numbers and many think they are not important. Here is a revealing look at them and how you can use them properly.
Agri-Gro's Turf Formula and Foliar Blend Prebiotic Soil Enhancers are incredible.
These products will deliver more nutrients to the plants while decreasing sodium, which is essential for plant health. One strategic goals in developing these formulas was to dramatically increase root mass of plants and grasses.
How can it do this? These products cause an explosion of activity and numbers in your soil's current microbial population. In fact, it has be shown to increase the numbers by 3500% in 24 hours after application and by 5000% in 72 afters after application, demonstrated by the University of Missouri/Columbia. This activity breaks down soil elements faster as well as adding complex carbohydrates and amino acids and enzymes needed by plants. It also decreased disease pathogens by 35%over control plots.
There means more efficient photosynthesis, increased uptake of nutrients and moisture, and an increase in root development plus much more.
Healthy plants survive the elements, insect and disease pressure better. Less money on fungicides or chemicals is better for the environment and your pocketbook as well.
Golf courses have been able use 35% less fertilizer and less preventative chemicals, all while producing better turf conditions.
For farms, healthier plants mean producing better yields, more fruit, and higher quality grass with less money.
These products pay for themselves in increased profit and less preventative maintenance. At only a quart per acre, it will go a long way. Don't take our word for it, check it out for yourselves.
Click Here for more information on what Agrigro has to offer.
More howeowners and even farmers are going organic. This is a good thing. But compost tea is one product I often hear people using.
Compost tea makers and formulas are popular and compost tea use has a big following. But how good are they?
While some people swear by them, others and even researches have mixed results.
Compost teas deliver an abundance of microorganisms to the soil. The idea is these microbes multiply first in a bucket and then in the soil. This addition benefits plants and stimulates growth. But the teas contain live bacteria and usually have no shelf life, they must be made using specific equipment and must be used immediately or the microbes will die and it will have little effect.
Important Bedrock Microbiology Truth.
The Environment Selects - This is something that is learned by first year biology students, but is not well-known by most people outside of that.
Microbes that are in the compost tea will only survive if the soil chemistry is precisely what the bacteria need to survive, feed, multiply and grow.
Is the idea of compost tea or soil microbes an interest to you? For detailed information on Microorganisms in Soil please Click Here.
Is it possible to increase microorganisms in soil by simply adding more microbes? It is a popular trend. For the answer, read the myths and facts about soil microbes.
In winter kayaking, the most important thing you can prepare for is the chance you might fall into the water. Just the thought of it sends chills down my spine.
Winter is a great time for kayaking, but comes with risks. Those risks are far greater than any risk you may encounter in summer. No one plans to end up in the water, but you must plan for it just in case.
Just like in motorcycle riding. Ever wondered why we wear thick leather jackets? When I am on my Goldwing, the rule is you should "dress for the slide". (Cycling term for falling off the bike when in motion) No, no one plans on it but you must dress for it. It is the same in winter kayaking.
The video below is showing three ways of dressing for winter kayaking and how they perform in water. Check it out. If you ever wondered what works best, well here it is.
Spreading cow manure on pastures to restore nutrients
Current Alfalfa Research Using Agrigro's Foliar Blend
There are many calcium chloride uses, but many myths about the product are abundant. See the myth busting facts.
It is now time to start preparing for the fall weather. It is the most important time of the year for cool season grasses. This is because 3/4 of the entire year's nitrogen is taken on in the fall.
The "fall season" as far as grass is concerned begins when temps are mostly consistently in the 70's to 80's. However, you can start now preparing the soil and roots.
Pick up some Bountiful Harvest or Turf Formula and begin using it to promote rapid and extensive root growth.
Not only that, but it also increases beneficial microbes by the hundreds of billions that help keep diseases at bay as well as increasing organic matter, nutrients, while building better soil.
Don't delay, start the process now.
Ignites2 naturally increases plant nutrients and plant health and more.
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"I have been using the Turf Formula since May (2017). Russ, my lawn is phenomenal! It has never looked this good. It is thick, dark green and looks amazing. I now have grass growing where I could never grow grass before and it looks incredible!"
William K., New Jersey
We have received many testimonies similar to this. We don't sell a lot of products, but what we do sell is because they really do work.
Check out the page and get the product for yourself!
If you ever wanted to expand your horizons and live in the moment, kayak fishing for Redfish may be your answer. Whether you are new to kayaking or an old pro, Redfish is a logical choice.
Redfish hunt for crabs and baitfish in shallow water, often just 6" to 18" deep. You paddle the kayak close to shore over weed beds and spend lots of time casting along the edges of the salt grass and in the channels that snake through the grass.
If you are new to kayaking or have a fear of the water, you need to try shallow water redfish fishing. I am serious when I tell you that redfish, especially in spring and summer, spend much of their time feeding in such shallow water that their tails stick up in the air. Experienced fishermen know this and look for the signs of feeding redfish.
Using topwater lures, kayak fishing for redfish can be one of the most enjoyable and memorable experiences you can have.
Redfish are powerful fish. Once hooked they takeoff with bursts of speed that is nothing short of thrilling. These powerhouses can reach weights of over 40 lbs, but in the shallows, 5 to 10 lbs is often the max.
On this trip we hired Ryan Ford, out of Rockport, Texas. (In the photo with the straw hat) Ryan has lived much of his life there and knows the fish and their habits well.
Ryan got us on top of fish and we had the time of our lives.
If you are new to kayaking and are worried about kayaking in salt water, do not let it concern you. Hire a guide who knows the area and can take you to the best spots.
Our family is experienced at kayaking but not at redfish fishing. We highly recommend you contact Ryan. He was never more than a few feet away and was ready in an instant to assist anyone that required it.
Contact Ryan at Rockport Kayak Fishing Adventrues. You will be glad you did.
(Hammerhead Kayak Supply is our second business and is our favorite hobby. Kayaking is a great family activity and can become a serious sport for those who choose it. Please check out our website at Hammerhead Kayak Supply)
Soil organic matter is the barometer for soil health for pastures and turf. Find out how to improve your pastures.
Peach trees, apple trees and more, whether commercial or backyard orchards cannot produce great crops on their own. They need help.
Bill Bader, the owner of the largest peach orchard in the Midwest, over 110,000 peach trees has shared with me his secrets to great success.
In an interview, he reveals what has brought him fame and fortune with some of the finest peaches in the country.
Click the link below to see exactly how he achieved his success and also reveals some of his organic approach trade secrets that really work and save money.
If you need more help, contact me. We are always willing to help.
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Lawn Care Academy is one of the top lawn care information websites on the web. We also specialize in farms where we can assist farmers in hay production.
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5 Star® grass seed Blend of Turf-Type Tall Fescue contains 5 top performing fescue varieties for a dark green lawn.
Infrared laser temperature guns instantly reads the surface temperature of any item.
Agri-Cal Liquid Calcium delivers immediately available calcium while making unavailable calcium available for plants.
Bountiful Harvest Biostimulant and soil enhancer is truly an amazing product. One of the proven aspects of Bountiful Harvest as well as all the other biostimulants made by Agri-Gro is their ability to tremendously increase soil microbial activity, enhance disease resistance, increase root development and photosynthesis efficiency and more. University research has shown an increase by 3400% microbial activity in just 24 hours after application.
Charles H., near Baton Rouge, LA had almost completely lost his lawn to Take-All Root Rot, a devastating lawn disease that affects many grasses, including his St. Augustine Grass. For 4 years this disease took more and more of his lawn. The pathogens live in the soil so replacing the grass only gives the disease a new food source.
I talked to Charles on the phone and he told me that after using the product last year the disease was suppressed by at least 80% and his lawn looks better than it ever has.
How Our Biostimulants Work
Bountiful Harvest biostimulant, Turf Formula, Foliar Blend, and Ignite2 are all natural soil and microbial enhancers. The incredible increase in beneficial microbial activity speed the breakdown of essential elements in the soil and release microbial by-products that plants need to stay healthy. Plus, many of the beneficial microbes whose activity and numbers have been increased feed on pathogenic microbes that cause disease.
These products are NOT compost teas, fish emulsion, or other products whose affects are questionable. These are proprietorial organic blends used by thousands of farms, orchards, sports fields and by homeowners around the world with incredible results.
Don't wait until you have problems with your lawn or trees. When used proactively, they will help prevent any problems, increase root development, increase disease resistance, increase photosynthesis and carbohydrate production and much more.
Due yourself a favor and try these products. Our website has exclusive information on original test results and beyond and results of university studies. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
I have no personal beef with Tru-Green or any other turf management company. Many people use them and some like them. However, here is a legal case that may interest you.
A Tennessee woman's lawsuit against Tru-Green was thrown out. She kept getting robo telemarketing calls even though she repeatedly asked them to stop. Plus her number was on the telemarketing "No Call List". Seems like a slam dunk, right? No exactly.
When someone hires Tru-Green they have to sign a contract. Somewhere in the contract is language that says that they have the right to continue to call with service offers even after a customer stopped using them.
Plus, when you sign with them you also sign away your right to bring any class action lawsuit against them.
As a result the judge followed the contract language, since she was a previous customer, and threw her lawsuit out. Even though Tru-Green has just about guaranteed they will never again get her as a customer, they have the right to continue to call as often as they like.
I have personally never hired a turf management company so I don't know if others use the same language. Just be sure to read your contract carefully. You may find yourself changing your phone number, then hoping they never find it, just to keep them from continuously calling.
To read the original post in Turf Magazine, please click here: Woman's Lawsuit is Thrown Out"
Keep this in mind: If you continue to read our website you will not need to hire a turf company. We are here to help you produce the lawn you always wanted. In the end you will know more about lawn management than anyone you hire to apply chemicals to your lawn.
There is a lot of misunderstanding about crabgrass and how to control it. I get lots of questions about this persistent weed every year. This fact sheet should help clear some of it up for you.
This is just a basic guide and there is much more information about crabgrass on our website. Be sure to check it out.
Lawn Care Academy, along with our sister website, Hammerhead Kayak Supply, is now an authorized dealer for the famous SJCAM Camcorders.
We will be offering these cameras online in a few days.
SJCAM camcorders can go where you go. Whether it is scuba diving at 100 ft. or leaping from a plane at 5000 ft, you can catch the action with a SJCAM. The best thing is these cameras are about a third of the cost of the GoPro line of cameras.
These cameras can be attached to bikes, helmets, wrist, on the chest, or anywhere you can think to mount it.
There are over 20 accessories that come with the camera and many after market items can be purchased as well.
Whether you are videoing your work to display on youtube or enjoying a day of kayaking, these cameras can do it all. We will be providing helpful tips and techniques to get the most from your camera in the coming days.
For now, check out our cameras on our sister site at www.hammmerheadkayaksupply.com. More cameras will be online soon.
The Lawn Care Professional - Dealing with lowball offers and the cost of giving price quotes. To charge for estimates or not.
Flu season is approaching, and as people who work outdoors, we have all thought about getting flu shots. We have been taught that we owe it to ourselves and our family to get the shots. You should be aware of what you are putting in your body.
I am not an advocate of flu shots. I believe they cause more problems then they solve. Every doctor who writes and publishes an article on the dangers of vaccines is quickly discredited, even if the science is sound. This is because Big Pharma is in the back pocket of many in the medical community and they have learned how to win in the medical world.
This is something you should know. Mercury is added to shots because the body's immune system doesn't respond well to a dead or inactive virus. The mercury, which is extremely toxic, causes the immune system to think the dead virus is the cause and attacks it. Without the mercury the vaccines would be useless. In studies, the brains of those who were diagnosed with Autism were found to have high levels of mercury. It is getting worse. Once a rare condition, they say Autism is now diagnosed in 1 out of every 45 children. This fact on mercury is suppressed by the medical industry.
Are you curious of how toxic mercury actually is? Here is the truth. Mercury is 1000 times more toxic than lead. (Facts on Mercury and the Medical Coverups) In fact, mercury is the most toxic non-radioactive material on planet earth.The only elements in the entire world more toxic than mercury are radioactive in nature. All this toxicity in a shot for a disease that is basically non-threatening to healthy people.
Check out the latest blog from Dr. Russell Scheirling
Raking leaves is a pain. Someone came up with a better way. So, here is a fast way to pile leaves. Never really thought of this way before but I will certainly try it out.
Longterm results of planting perennial ryegrass and kentucky bluegrass - You may be surprised
It is fall and time for cool season lawn overseeding. At this time of year I always receive questions about putting down a fall preemergent and how it will affect the grass seed.
The Problem with Preemergents and Overseeding
Do not put down a preemergent if you plan on overseeding your lawn. The preemergent will prevent your grass seed from germinating.
If you are not going to overseed then putting down a preemergent in late summer and early fall is a good idea. Many spring annual weeds actually germinate in the fall and overwinter as seedlings. When the weather warms in the spring the seedlings grow quickly. Overseeding in fall using the right type of preemergent will keep spring weeds down.
I received an interesting question about whether it is ok to overseed St. Augustine Lawns with annual rye. Here is the answer.
The short answer is "no, don't do it".
The long answer: As you may know, annual ryegrass is often used for this type of seeding because it dies back each year in late spring and must be reseeded in the fall.
In the far south, St. Augustine doesn't go completely dormant. If you overseed with annual rye, it can actually compete with the St. Augustine grass and rob nutrients that the St. Augustine needs to fully emerge in the spring.
In addition, St. Augustine begins greening up sooner than other warm season grasses when the rye will still be growing at a strong pace. The rye may out-compete the St. Augustine and harm the grass.
While some people say they overseed their St. Augustine grass each year, others claim it has hurt their primary grass and took a couple years to recover.
With that said, here is something most people don't know. Rye grass roots have been shown to release chemicals into the soil that suppress other grasses around it. This may also be a contributor to the harm to St. Augustine grass. It has been shown to have the same affect when overseeding rye into bermudagrass lawns.
If you have a bermudagrass lawn, overseeding with turf-type tall fescue is usually a better match.
It is nearly fall in most of the country. Time to think about overseeding lawns once again.
Turf Formula can add tremendous benefits to your lawn. Spraying Turf Formula Biostimulant on the grass when overseeding can increase your germination results and increase the health of your plants and soil.
In seed trials using poor quality seed with a germination rate of only 50%, adding Turf Formula increased the germination rate by 30%. This saves money and may eliminate the need for additional seed applications.
In addition, Turf Formula increases the soil microorganism activity tremendously in the first 24 hours after application. This increases the breakdown of natural elements making them more available to the plants. It also increases disease resistance, chlorophyll production, nitrogen fixation, and many other essential functions inside the plant.
The increase of beneficial microbe activity reduces Brown Patch Disease by 35% in university tests. (University of Missouri at Columbia) Brown Patch is a serious turf disease that can affect the majority of grass species.
You can expect the same results when using Foliar Blend, and Bountiful Harvest Biostimulant. Bountiful Harvest is sold in smaller bottles, but is the same as Foliar Blend - AgriGro's number one selling product - and is being used on farms, orchards, pastures and hay growers all over the world.
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The practice of overseeding lawns is one of the most overlooked maintenance activities of home lawns. Yet, it can provide more benefits than almost any single thing you can do.
Overseeding a lawn with fescue, Kentucky bluegrass, or other cool season grasses can change a struggling yard into a beautiful lawn. Combined with a few other important steps your lawn can look like you hired a professional to do it.
Check out our extensive page on overseeding lawns for expert tips and advice.
Keeping Up with Sprinkler Maintenance
Spring is here, and summer is right around the corner. What can you do to keep your lawn healthy during the summer? It actually only takes a little bit of preparation and a few hours 1 weekend to ensure that your lawn is healthy and green all summer long. So with a minimal investment now, you will be reaping the benefits for the next 5 months!
Spring Sprinkler Maintenance for a Healthy Summer Lawn
Note: This article was contributed by Dana Cook from Hydro-Tech Irrigation Co. in Virginia. Hydrotech Irrigation Systems
Did you know that up to 80% of the grain and corn on the market is GMO (genetically modified organism) for increased crop size and bushels per acre, etc. Many countries have banned GMOs for health concerns and for good reason. Once a plant is genetically modified it cannot be unmodified.
How AgriGro is Different
All natural AgriGro provides many of the same benefits of GMO i.e. disease resistance, plant health, nutrient uptake, increased crop size and bushels per acre without the harmful side effects. This is scientifically tested and proven by several universities and by farmers around the world.
Check it out yourself and see.
The Chapin Hose End Sprayer is the easiest way to spray liquid biostimulants, lawn fertilizers and pesticides.
If you plan on overseeding a lawn or planting a new lawn this spring, do not apply an early spring preemergent.
Preemergents are a type of herbicide that prevents weed seeds from germinating, including your grass seed. The preemergents usually come in spring fertilizers and will have packaging indicating "crabgrass prevention" or similar crabgrass and weed preventing qualities.
Once your grass seed has germinated and the grass is a few inches tall, it is usually safe to apply a preemergent.