Grass is an important and critical part of nature, enriching and strengthening the soil and helping to restore important nutrients. Beneath the surface, your lawn is teeming with life.
Of the creatures you can see with the naked eye, earthworms are probably the most prominent, and their presence signals the healthiness of the soil. Earthworms improve the soil's aeration just by crawling through the dirt, creating passages for air and water. They eat their weight in organic material, which they excrete in the form of nutrient-rich casts. Lawns provide much of the organic material they need. Worms also play a crucial role in the food chain, serving as dinner for many species of birds and insects.Read More
Our dogs appreciate our lawns as much as we do, though for different reasons. While we mostly love our lawns for their looks, our canine pals enjoy them as a place to run, play, roll on their backs, and do their business. Here are a few simple tips that will help you keep your grass looking good and your dog safe and happy.
Salts in your dog's urine cause those familiar brown spots ringed by dark green, fast-growing grass. Mowing high will help lessen the effect, as will flushing affected areas with water as soon as possible. Badly damaged spots will need to be repaired, however, by reseeding or patching with sod. Scotts® EZ Seed® Dog Spot Repair is a good solution for repairing bare spots. It contains a special salt-neutralizing ingredient to help repair those areas in your lawn burned by dog urine. A more permanent and effective solution is to create a mulched area at the back of your yard and train your dog to go there.Read More
The best way to grow an attractive lawn is with a high-quality grass seed. But, how can you tell good seed from bad?
Scotts® has put a tremendous amount of research into developing and selecting new grass varieties. These new varieties have been developed to be finer textured, greener, and more tolerant of shade, drought, or punishing sun. Cheap grass seed often contains older varieties that are coarser, lighter green, and require much more effort on your part to grow well.Read More