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By Paul Tukey /

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Once upon a time, before the advent of synthetic weed killers for the lawn in the late 1940s, most American lawns contained white clover. Because no formulation of weed control could be developed that left both grass and clover survive, but killed everything else, clover was then lumped in with the weeds in subsequent marketing campaigns.

The scientist who developed 2,4-D, the most common synthetic herbicide, was publicly apologetic because his new product had the unfortunate side effect of eliminating clover. "The thought of white Dutch clover as a lawn weed will come as a distinct shock to old-time gardeners," wrote Dr. R. Milton Carleton in his 1957 book, A New Way to Kill Weeds. "I can remember the day when lawn mixtures were judged for quality by the percentage of clover seed they contained. The higher this figure, the better the mixture."

Today's new-found emphasis on natural lawn care has folks taking a second look at clover as a primary lawn plant. The benefits are numerous:
Six Good Reasons White Clover Is Not a Weed

1.      It's low growing and needs little mowing.
2.      It's evergreen even in the coldest climates.
3.      It's drought-tolerant, requiring little if any supplemental water once established.
4.      It's a fertilizer factory for grass and other plants since clover has the ability to store atmospheric nitrogen in its root systems.
5.      It masks the presence of other weeds in the lawn.
6.      It resists insects and diseases, especially the white grubs that can become a major lawn nemesis.

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A Bit Of Fall Lawn Care Advice To Help You Keep Your Lawn Protected Throughout The Winter

As summer turns to fall the days will start to become shorter and the temperatures will begin to fall and this is that time of the year when you will do well to start your fall lawn care preparations. For most of us, the right kind of fall lawn care advice will ensure that we learn how to keep our lawns in proper condition, despite the onset of the cool weather. In fact, only with the help of proper fall lawn care advice can you ensure making your lawn last through the fall season; and in addition it allows you to prepare for the oncoming cold winter months.

Fertilizing Is Important.

The fall season is the beginning of the time when your lawn is going to be dormant for the coming months and for this you need to ask the experts for proper fall lawn care advice. Fertilizing is an important aspect of fall lawn care as the addition of appropriate fall fertilizers will ensure that the roots in your lawn continue growing beneath the surface of the earth, even in spite of the fact that the ground will be covered up with snow.

Another aspect of fall lawn care for which proper fall lawn care advice is learning to know the correct way to go about doing power seeding, which helps to increase density of the turf and which also ensures that your lawn remains in good overall health. One piece of solid fall lawn care advice that you will do well to heed is to use a power seeder that goes by the name of Turf Tamer, a seeder that provides the turf with the right quantity of seeds ensuring that your lawn can easily recover from the ravages of the previous summer.

Another aspect to getting fall lawn care advice is how to aerate the lawn, something that you need to pay special attention to. Aeration helps to keep the lawn from suffering from the grass compacting. Compacting will surely occur when there is heavy lawn traffic. In addition, aerating the lawn helps ensure that the required nutrients and oxygen reach the roots, thus ensuring the safety of the lawn and its plants and grass.

Applying fall fertilizer is essential to maintaining the health of your lawn. It is therefore a good idea to seek a lawn doctor from whom you can get pertinent fall lawn care advice regarding fall lawn care fertilizer. You need to know the right time to apply the fertilizer and also the right quantities. Remember that timing of the fertilizer application is crucial to the health of your lawn. Only with the help of fall lawn care advice can you learn not to apply the fertilizer too early, which could easily lead to winter injuries as well as to snow mold damage.


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5 Tips to Remedy Lawn Care ShortComings

July 15, 2009

With record low mortgage rates, expanded FHA loans and tax credit incentives, many Americans have plunged into first-time home ownership. In fact, the National Association of Realtors reports that first-time buyers accounted for 29 percent of existing home sales in the last month. But while taking advantage of the current incentives, many first-time buyers don't think of everything that comes along with home ownership - including how to take care of their yard, essential if they want their castle to remain something they are proud of.

Briggs & Stratton Corp., a leading manufacturer of lawn mower engines, offers these lawn care tips for even the most challenged green thumb.

Choose the right mower.
Purchase a mower with a quality engine. Elements to consider are torque, emissions and ease in starting. Briggs & Stratton engines are found in eight of the 10 top-selling lawn mower brands. To understand more about why engines make a difference, visit

Never cut more than one-third of the grass blade during any one mowing.
By following this rule, the remaining two-thirds of the plant will develop deep roots and spread out, eventually creating a dense, healthy turf. Using this technique, of course, means shorter intervals between mowings during high growth times, but a healthy lawn is the best medicine for preventing weeds and disease.

Alternate your mowing pattern.
Try not to follow the same path each time you mow. Think of a clock. Start at the 12 o'clock position and mow to the 6 o'clock position. The next time you mow, begin at the 9 o'clock position and mow to the to 3 o'clock position. The third time, mow from 1 o'clock to 7 o'clock, etc. Changing the mowing pattern every time you mow will keep the turf and soil from compacting and prevent wheel patterns in your lawn.

Water early in the day.
Watering between 4 and 9 a.m. helps ensure that the sun won't rob moisture from your lawn. It also gives your lawn the best chance to dry in the morning. Wet grass at night can lead to disease. Most lawns need about 1-2 inches of water a week to stay healthy.

Avoid a fertilizer overdose.
Even good medicine causes harm when used improperly, so avoid doubling the recommended rates of fertilizer, as well as of seed, herbicide, insecticide, etc. One pound of water-soluble nitrogen per 1,000 square feet is the maximum amount that established lawns should receive at any one time.

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