Will Dish Soap Kill Grass?

By Janine Soriano, Master of Science in Forestry, government environment researcher Apart from keeping your kitchen squeaky clean, some home gardeners suggest that dish soap combined with household ammonia, beer, soda, and mouthwash can be used as a lawn conditioner. These ingredients are supposed to provide nourishment to grasses, making them greener. That said, most … Continue reading “Will Dish Soap Kill Grass?”

Why Put Sand on Grass?

By Janine Soriano, Master of Science in Forestry, government environment researcher Sand is a type of dirt with coarse to fine particles. Because it has large pore spaces, sandy soil has very fast percolation, therefore, it tends to dry easily. This results in poor mobilization of water-soluble nutrients needed by all plants. Regardless, certain kinds … Continue reading “Why Put Sand on Grass?”

How to Stripe a Lawn

By Janine Soriano, Master of Science in Forestry, government environment researcher Looking for a way to make your lawn more attractive? Look into striping. It is a mowing technique that adds a decorative effect to the turfgrass and can make the yard a work of art with infinite possibilities. Not only can it make the … Continue reading “How to Stripe a Lawn”

How to Raise a Sprinkler Head

By Janine Soriano, Master of Science in Forestry, government environment researcher All plants need water to survive – plant cells are around 90% water. Without it, plants cannot perform photosynthesis and other normal physiological functions which can lead to diseases and even death. Whether it is a cold-season or warm-season species, grasses require adequate moisture … Continue reading “How to Raise a Sprinkler Head”

How to Fix Ruts in a Yard

By Janine Soriano, Master of Science in Forestry, government environment researcher After a long day’s work of mowing, you feel like you are well on your way to realizing your dream lawn. The next day, you see some marks on your turf – ruts, or tire tracks from being driven on. Freaking out won’t help, … Continue reading “How to Fix Ruts in a Yard”

Best way to cut sod

By Donna Dolinar, Wyandotte County Extension Master Gardener since 2006 Many people opt for sod for their landscape versus seeding. It depends on your starting point. If you only have a few bare patches, that is quite different from an entire yard of dirt. There are a number of advantages to using sod. Instant gratification … Continue reading “Best way to cut sod”

Best Grass Seed for Virginia

By Donna Dolinar, Wyandotte County Extension Master Gardener since 2006 When you speak with professionals about turf in Virginia, you will usually hear the term transition zone. That means a combination of hot and often dry summers coupled with cold and sometimes wet winters makes it a difficult choice. In general grasses are classified as … Continue reading “Best Grass Seed for Virginia”