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Controlling Thatch in Lawns

What is Thatch? Thatch is a dense, spongy collection of living and dead grass stems and roots lying between the soil surface and green grass leaves in established lawns. As a grass plant grows, the...

Measuring the Area of a Home Lawn

One of the most crucial steps any homeowner can take to properly manage their lawn is to measure its area. The proper application of fertilizer, lime and pesticides is based on knowing how much is...

Native Pollinators

Around 40% of the flowering plants in North America require insect pollination for reproduction, though at the mention of the word “pollinator”, most people probably picture the European honey bee...

Butterflies in the Garden

Flying Flowers and Jewels of the Sky are just a couple of phrases that describe the beauty and fascination people have for butterflies. Though only one group of pollinators among many, they are...

Sweet Potato

Planting The sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) is a warm-season crop that is not planted until well after the last chance of frost in the spring. The soil temperature should be above 65 °F before...

Growing Annuals

Annuals quickly provide more color in the landscape for longer periods of time than any other garden plants. They are versatile, sturdy and inexpensive. Growth Rate True annuals sprout from seed,...

Lawn Renovation

Renovation is the improvement of a turfgrass stand without complete reestablishment. Reestablishment refers to complete destruction of the old stand, thorough site preparation and replanting....

Fertilizing Lawns

Essential Elements All plants require certain chemical elements for proper growth and appearance. Of these at least 17 are known to be essential elements. Table 1 lists the 17 known elements and the...

Southern Peas

Southern peas, black-eyed peas and field peas are all names for the crop known worldwide as cowpeas (Vigna unguiculata ssp. unguiculata). Cowpeas probably originated in Africa and were introduced to...

Okra

Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) is a warm-season crop grown in home gardens throughout South Carolina. It is a tall, upright plant with a hibiscus-like flower. The immature, young seed pods are the...

Attracting & Feeding Songbirds

A Primer in Backyard Songbird Conservation Birding has become one of the most popular pastimes in North America. Annually, thousands of Americans travel thousands of miles in search of rare and...

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