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Preventing Heat Stress in Your Lawn

Preventing Heat Stress in Your Lawn

in more ways than one. We are considered part of the Pacific Northwest; however, we don’t share many of the qualities often associated with the region. Our winters are cold and often dry. Spring changes quickly to summer, and rainfall is drastically less than the rest of Pacific Northwest. In reality, we’re a northwest and southern climate blend. This creates some interesting challenges for our lawns to overcome.

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How to Kill Chinch Bugs

How to Kill Chinch Bugs

Sometimes those brown patches in your lawn are not caused by billbugs or lawn fungus. Another insect that is causing damage to Treasure Valley lawns is the chinch bug. Adult chinch bugs are about one-fifth of an inch long and black with white wings folded over their backs. The insect mates early in the season when the temperature reaches 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The female lays eggs on roots, stems, leaves, leaf sheaths or crevices in nodes and other protected places. Eggs are laid over a 2 to 3 week period, with one female laying as many as 500 eggs.

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Building a Healthier Soil

Building a Healthier Soil

The typical marketing cultures will say sell the sizzle, not the steak. However, I think there comes a time where the sizzle has worn off and we begin to ask the question, “what’s this steak all about?” In this article, I want to explore some of the finer intricacies of what makes up every soil, and what makes a great soil.

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