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Lawns American Southwest – Articles about maintaining lawns in and around the American Southwest.

The Perfect riding lawn mower

The Perfect Riding Lawn Mower

How to Choose the Perfect Riding Lawn Mower For Your Yard. If you’re like most homeowners, you probably aren’t looking forward to mowing the lawn each week. It’s a time-consuming and often physically difficult task. But what if there was a way to make this job easier? Thanks to riding lawn mowers, there is! In […]

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Sharpen blades on lawn Mower

Every year I get folks who ask me if they should sharpen blades on their lawn mower.  This is what I say.  ” Yes, it is important.” If the top of your grass looks brown after cutting in all probability it is caused by dull mower blades.  Many maintenance landscapers just mow without ever sharpening […]

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Lawns shady areas

11 Tips on How to Grow Grass in Shade

11 Tips on How to Grow Grass in Shaded Areas.  Shade can be a huge problem for gardeners. If you have an area that gets very little sunlight, it is difficult to grow grass in these areas. However, there are some steps you can take to get the most out of your shaded spaces. We’ve […]

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What is fertilizer

What is fertilizer?   Have you ever wondered what are those three numbers on a bag, box, or package of fertilizer mean? How do you analyze them? What about chemicals versus organic?  Why do we need to fertilize our plants and trees in the first place? I will answer these questions in the best layman’s terms […]

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Secret to killing grubs

The Secret to Killing Grubs

First, we must know where these ugly-looking worms come from.  They come from the larvae of the Japanese beetle.  They were introduced into the U.S. from of course Japan sometime in 1916 now almost all lawns throughout the USA have them.  A few here and there are no big problem but an infestation of them and your lawn will start to look bad.  These larvae will also feed on the roots of other plants like roses, and small-type trees and shrubs.

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A guide to lawn care

A Guide to Lawn Care for Busy People

A Guide to Lawn Care.  How often have you walked past a house with a neglected lawn? Probably too many times to count. With so many other commitments it’s easy to forget about the garden and let it become overrun with weeds or let it dry out so much that it looks like you’ve got […]

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Gardening Gift Ideas for the Gardener

Gardening Gift Ideas for the Gardener.  There is nothing better than receiving a gift relating to one’s passion. If your loved one’s passion is gardening, then show your thoughtfulness by giving a gift that will be truly appreciated. There are so many great gardening gifts that the only constraint is your own budget. Small Budget? […]

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Sod and Lawn tips for the Southwest

Sod and Lawn tips for the Southwest.  Everyone wants a perfect looking lawn including myself. Here are my tips for making folks say “Wow look at that lawn”! Seed or Sod? Seeds are less expensive but not all the seeds will germinate, birds will peck away at the seeds and if not properly planted the […]

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Gardening tips in cold weather

Gardening tips in cold weather. Winters are short around the Southwest.  Many folks won’t shut off the A/C unit until mid-November. Winter can be a hard time for gardens and gardeners but here are a few winter gardening tips that will help your plants and your garden landscape survive the cold winter months. Here are my “Gardening […]

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How To Get Your Garden Summer Ready

As we creep closer to summer the weather is already warming up. Luckily for us, this means we can spend more time outdoors and make use of our gardens once again. For some, the harsh winter weather will have left the garden in a condition that isn’t so inviting after all. We’ve put together a […]

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