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Why do mushrooms pop up in lawns?

They might show up after a rainy spell or emerge in new sod. Or you might have a fairy ring (circular arrangement of mushrooms) surface in your yard. Whatever the situation, having mushrooms pop up in your lawn can be a nuisance, an eyesore and, if you have children, potentially dangerous. Learn why mushrooms appear and what you can do ab...

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Help your lawn through the heat and drought stress this summer

All living things need water, your lawn needs at least 1"-1 ½ " of water per week, year-round, during the winter, too. Lawns that are dry going into winter or during winter are more stressed and more likely to sustain winter damage. How do you know how much you're getting? First of all, buy a rain gauge. If you get an inch of water in it per week, ...

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Weed of the Month -- Spurge

There are many different varieties of spurge that can invade turf grasses in the southern US. Spurge is a summer annual broadleaf weed that spreads by seed and can form mats. It is an herb of the euphorbia family that is native to all of the contiguous United States, most Canadian provinces and much of Mexico. It forms a high mat usually ...

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Shot hole Fungus

Shothole fungus also know as Coryneum blight is caused by the fungus Wilsonomyces carpophilus. In ornamental shrubs it is very common on skip laurels. The fungus overwinters in infected buds and in small twig cankers. Infections can occur (via fungal spores) from spring to fall. Rainy weather spreads spores from infected tissue to leaves and f...

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Weed of the Month -- Green Kyllinga

Green kyllinga (Kyllinga brevifolia Rottb.) is a warm-season, perennial sedge weed common throughout the southeastern United States. It spreads through seed as well as rhizomes (underground stems) below the soil surface to form a dense mat that can choke out stands of desirable turf species. It is a close relative of yellow nutsedge. Gree...

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Weed Of The Month -- Yellow Nutsedge

Yellow nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus) is a troublesome, difficult-to-control weed that is often found in turf. It is also called chufa, nutgrass, or watergrass. It is important to remember that yellow nutsedge is not a grass or broadleaf weed, but a sedge. Yellow nutsedge is a perennial plant that reproduces primarily by small underground tuber...

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Lawn Watering TIPS!

Proper watering nourishes lawns, just as proper hydration nourishes our bodies. Yet too many of us are failing at both. We're not going to lecture you about drinking more water. But we are going to give you a lesson about correctly watering your lawn. Here are five common lawn-watering mistakes that you're likely making right now and ways...

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NOW SERVING: EASTERN SHORE

We are exited to announce that TDI Services is now serving the Eastern Shore and surrounding areas. Offering the same industry leading technology and practices as well as the excellent customer service that North and Central Alabama have come to know for over 25 years !  Our Biologically focused Lawn, Mosquito, Pest, And Termite serv...

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Weed Of The Month -- Fireweed

 Fireweed is a weed that pops up in lawns every spring (April – June) and seems to be increasing over the last few years in North Alabama. Fireweed is more difficult to control that broadleaf and grassy weeds. The roots of the Fireweed plant do not stretch down into the soil. Instead, the plant grows exclusively in the thatch layer. Becau...

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Don't forget your Spring Core Aeration !

Core Aeration is the process of making thousands of small holes in the turf. Soil microbes, like all living things, need air, food, and water in order to function. These holes allow fertilizer, water, and air to reach the root zone quicker, resulting in new growth and increased root development. Opening up the soil helps reduce thatch build up...

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Its time to scalp your lawn ! ....What is Scalping?

 GIVE YOUR LAWN A JUMP START THIS SPRING !! Having the greenest, healthiest-looking lawn on the block is a coveted title for homeowners across the world. While there are many techniques and strategies for keeping your lawn in top shape, it is important not to overlook scalping as part of your annual care. Lawn scalping involves cutting yo...

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Weed Of The Month -- Henbit

​Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) is a sparsely hairy winter annual with greenish to purplish, tender, square stems. Its opposite leaves are broadly egg shaped with bluntly toothed margins and prominent veins on the underside. Upper leaves are sessile (directly attached to the stem) and lower leaves have petioles. It has a fibrous root system and can g...

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Family And Pet Friendly !

 Our methods keep your four-legged family members happy and healthy along with your lawn. If only we could protect your soccer ball, too! Many lawn problems are simply symptoms of poor soil or growing conditions, or just poor lawn care practices over the years.  Which is why we don't just mask symptoms with chemicals but instead treat and...

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The Little Things

We know that seemingly small factors can make a huge impact, which is why our products don't harm helpful microorganisms in your soil.​ Soil microorganisms can be classified as bacteria, actinomycetes, fungi, algae and protozoa. Each of these groups has characteristics that define them and their functions in soil. Up to 10 billion bacterial ce...

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Weed Of The Month -- Wild Hyancinth

Wild Hyacinth Wild Hyacinth is a winter perennial turf weed that is actually a flower in the Lilly family. It grows from a bulb that is already in the ground and emerges when the conditions for growth become suitable. Since it grows from a bulb and not a seed, Pre-emergent weed controls will not stop them. Treating them after they emerge is th...

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When Should You Plant Grass Seed in the Fall?

In North Alabama, there are both warm season and cool season grasses that grow in the transition zone. The U.S. has a region known to the turf industry as the transition zone that extends through the central part of the country and includes parts of each of the other four zones. This is the most difficult region in which to grow grass. Both cool-se...

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Overseeding Your Lawn the Right Way

Late August through early October is the best time to aerate and overseed. Before overseeding your lawn, you should first determine what types of cool season grasses would perform best in your location. In North Alabama, a blend of turf-type Tall Fescue generally works best. Blends usually contain 3-5 different varieties of fescue with different qu...

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Why Are Your Plants Dying?

This question gets asked frequently. While there are many factors, the following covers the most common instances that can cause plant loss in the landscape. To start, environmental factors are usually the first issues to cover or rule out as possible causes. One issue may be too much water. This can be from extended periods of rain, the plant bein...

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Caring for Your Lawn In the Fall – What to Know

Treating your lawn in the fall depends mostly on the type of grass you have. For cool season grasses like Tall Fescue or Rye Grass, aerating and overseeding is the most important service done to your lawn over the course of the year. This is the time of year to promote new seedlings with the correct nutrients so that the seedlings can mature quickl...

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When Should You Aerate Your Lawn – What to Know

Aeration is a lawn care procedure which alleviates compaction and allows water, air, and nutrients to penetrate your lawn while stimulating beneficial bacteria, fungi, and protozoa to grow. These beneficial organisms are aerobic ("good guys"), meaning they need air to thrive. When the soil is compact, it has less air-holding capacity and becomes an...

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