A new pest – Spotted Lanternfly

Damaging insect in the western part of our state The Spotted Laternfly is an insect that has been identified in the City of Winchester and Frederick County. Originally this planthopper was discovered in Pennsylvania in 2014, and is commonly associated with tree-of-heaven, Ailanthus altissima. Although they are most commonly found on Ailanthus (tree-of-heaven), they can […]

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The Best Time to Aerate Your Lawn

Many people wonder, “What is the best time to aerate my lawn?” Typically, in Virginia, the best time to aerate your cool-season/Tall Fescue lawn is between the last week of August until the first of November. This is the time when soil temperatures are at optimal conditions for Tall Fescue seeds to germinate. Fall aeration […]

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Weed Control During Aeration & Seeding

Aeration and Seeding are essential to keep a healthy lawn of Tall Fescue. Ideally, you would have a weed-free lawn before you aerate and seed, but sometimes weeds still get through. Weeds? No problem The use of weed control during Aeration and Seeding time is a challenging task. While introducing new turf to your lawn, […]

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Why Is Lime Important For Virginia Lawns?

Most lawn care applications must be carried out during certain times of the year. However, adding lime to your lawn is a chore that can be done at any time. Liming is one of the most inexpensive ways to improve soil conditions. Soils in Virginia are naturally very acidic. Soil pH’s of 4.5 to 6.3 […]

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Proper Mowing of Tall Fescue

One of the easiest ways to promote a healthy lawn is to practice proper mowing habits. We recommend you follow these mowing best practices—and of course, make sure to water too! Keep Mowing High The ideal mowing height for Tall Fescue is 3.5-4 inches. Virginia Green recommends always keeping the mower deck at the highest […]

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Are You Seeing Poa Annua in Your Lawn?

What is Annual bluegrass (Poa annua) Poa annua is a low-growing, tufted winter annual grass that germinates in the fall and reproduces by seed. It is a common grassy weed in Virginia lawns, and is oftentimes found in flowerbeds. The light green leaves are short and blunt at the tips. Often found in compacted areas along […]

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The Luck of a Four-Leaf Clover

The four-leaf clover has always been considered a symbol of good luck in the Irish culture. According to the legend, the leaves of a four-leaf clover represent hope, faith, love, and a fourth for good luck. A common belief during the Middle Ages was if someone carried a four-leaf clover, they would have the ability […]

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Start Up Your Irrigation System

A large part of maintaining a healthy lawn is proper watering. Your lawn needs between 1 and 1 ½ inches of water each week from April through November. To ensure proper watering, many homeowners install irrigation systems. A properly installed and maintained irrigation system can greatly simplify proper watering and often results in not only […]

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What Happens to Your Lawn During the Winter

In Virginia, grasses go dormant in the winter. Shorter days and colder temperatures typically slow down grass growth and turn the lawn a tan/brown color. This will occur with all grass types, including Tall Fescue and Kentucky Bluegrass. In cold, windy areas, grass blades can also go dormant from a process call desiccation. The cold […]

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Winterize Your Irrigation System

Don’t Wait to Winterize Your Irrigation System! Now that the temperatures have dipped into wintertime, you should be planning to have your irrigation system winterized and shut down by scheduling a visit from a contractor. We do suggest that you schedule this appointment for late November, around Thanksgiving time. This will allow you to have […]

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