Planting a Vegetable Garden in August

August is a fabulous month in the vegetable garden for many of us. The summer crops are overwhelming us with their productivity (hopefully!) and the crops we sowed last month are coming along beautifully. But August need not be a time only to harvest the mid-season crops. You can still plant in August. For many northern gardeners, the focus now will be on planting fast-maturing cool-season crops that will mature in a few weeks for fall harvest. Read More

Dormant Grass?

Reasons for Dormancy

Cool-season grasses go dormant to protect themselves during long, hot periods when they do not have enough water to remain in an active growth phase. Warm-season grasses go dormant in cold weather when they die back naturally. In both cases, the grasses’ crowns remain alive, and, in hot situations, water may revive the grasses.  Don’t worry: Dormancy is a natural, built-in protection mechanism, and your grass probably will return when the weather cools in fall. Read More

Summer Lawn Care

Mowing the Lawn

A healthy lawn does not necessarily mean that it has to be short. When cutting into your lawn, the blades need to be set as high as possible. The length of grass, preferably high, provides numerous amounts of benefits towards keeping the soil healthy and productive. Read More

Caring for Your Plants

Plant Pests

Pests are more likely to attack a stressed plant than a healthy plant. A few insect pests are normal and not a cause for concern but if you get a more severe pest infestation, it means something in your garden or locale has become severely out of balance. Talk to a nursery or garden center professional to help identify exactly which type of pest you are dealing with and how best to treat them. For instance, there are organic pest controls that can help you control them and restore your plants to a healthy state. Read More