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Weed Of The Month -- Lespedeza

 Common lespedeza, also known as Japanese clover, (Kummerowia striata, syn. Lespedeza striata) is a very common summer weed that can easily choke out thin turf. It is often found in open woods and fields and frequently in turf. Lespedeza is a mat-forming, wiry stemmed, prostrate, freely branched summer annual. It has dark green trifoliate...

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WEED OF THE MONTH -- FIREWEED

 Fireweed is a common, leafy, annual broadleaf weed that germinates after April 1 across the Southeast. It grows quickly and can appear in massive amounts that seem to take over the lawn. Fireweed spreads through seeds carried from lawn to lawn by wind, rain, shared mowers, etc. Even if you didn't see any Fireweed in your entire neighborh...

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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 your gr...

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Weed of the Month -- Clover

White clover (Trifolium repens), also known as Dutch clover, is a perennial weed that is often found growing in patches along roadsides and in pastures and lawns. It is a low-growing plant with creeping stems (stolons) that produce roots and shoots at nodes (joints) along the stem, which helps the plant to spread. It has trifoliate leaves which con...

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Giant Mosquito? Skeeter Hawk? Crane Fly

 That inch-long, gangly-legged insect that sneaks into your house and bounces around the walls and ceiling is a crane fly, and despite rumors to the contrary, it is neither a predator of mosquitoes nor a colossal mosquito. And it's harmless. Although the Internet abounds with reports of adult crane flies biting or stinging, they do neither. "T...

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Weed of the Month -- Chickweed

​Chickweed is a low, spreading, winter annual weed that germinates when we receive lots of cool, wet weather. Its leaves are opposite each other, smooth and elliptical in shape. It is tolerant of a variety of conditions and thrives in moist, shady locations. This weed can produce seeds five weeks after germination and will continue to produce seeds...

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Weed of the Month -- Star of Bethlehem

Star of Bethlehem is a cool season, perennial weed of the lily family that grows from a bulb. It is often misidentified as a grass, wild garlic, or wild onion. Star-of-Bethlehem has been sold as an ornamental and has escaped to become a weed of landscapes, pastures, hayfields, turfgrass, and lawns. Leaves are narrow with a pale ...

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Weed of the Month -- Wild Grape Hyacinth

​Wild Hyacinth is a winter perennial turf weed that is actually a flower in the Lilly family and is often confused with onions. It grows from a bulb that 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 ...

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Weed of the Month -- Wild Violet

Wild violets (viola papilionacea, viola sororia) are low-growing perennials that bloom in mid-May. While some people consider them a lovely decorative plant for gardens and landscaping, others consider them a bothersome weed because they display an aggressive behavior that is very hard to control. These persistent perennials have dense, fibrous roo...

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Weed of the Month-- Wood Sorrel

Oxalis, also known as wood sorrel, is a perennial weed. It is easily distinguished from clover by the 3 heart-shaped leaflets found on top of each long stalk (or petiole) and 5-petaled yellow flowers that bloom from spring through summer. Oxalis can grow to be 4 to 12 inches tall and thrives in full sun or shade. The leaves of wood sorrel fold down...

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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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