Have you ever looked at the streams and rivers in Northern Virginia during and after it rains? That lovely, chocolaty brown color comes from loose soil washing off yards, neighborhoods, construction sites, and other bare spots. Storm water washes over bare spots and carries soil particles down into storm drains that dump right into your
It’s the perfect fall afternoon. You’re cuddled up under a blanket with a mug of hot apple cider. You have no worries in the world until… wait a second; you’ve forgotten to clean up your leaves! But surely wet leaves can’t do much more harm than dry leaves, right? Wrong! [divider] When leaves become wet,
It’s almost November, and that means here at MowCow, we’ve been getting a lot of questions about when to shut down your irrigation system. We’d like to offer you our advice in case you may have over-herd any false information! Colder temperatures mean you’ll start breaking out quilts and hot cocoa. You might think that
Cleaning gutters is one of the easiest do-it-yourself maintenance projects around! When a leaf falls and no one is around to see it, you can bet that gutter gets clogged anyway (darn!). Fortunately, our tips on cleaning, preventative care, and winter preparation make this chore a snap. Take that, philosophy. Check it out: 1.
So you want to rake your leaves, huh? Crimson, burnished gold, rust, and mottled green— entire forests put on festive displays, just for fall. If you’re a die-hard “leaf peeper,” you probably make weekend drives to Appalachia, where hardwood trees are especially vibrant. But then you come home and discover that your backyard is swamped
Double or triple your grass coverage with an easy watering routine! After those boiling Virginia summers, our lawns are parched. We bet yours are, too! But recent rains, coupled with crisp autumn weather, mean there’s no time like now to grow some grass. Harmonize with Nature Scenario: Mr. Jones, your neighbor, knows grass can
Starting a Yard Project? This Task Saves Seeds and Sanity Remove the thatch monster, and your turf will be ready for anything. You’re armed with new seeds, fertilizer, and plans for a fresh new lawn. Little did you know that thatch gobbles all of these up—including your gung-ho confidence. Fortunately, these tips will turn you into
Boost your lawn’s growth with an autumn aeration and seeding! As fall approaches, grass roots spread and flourish. If you’d like to have a lush, thick lawn for spring, plan ahead! Cooler temperatures, fall rain, and less weeds are just some of the reasons to focus on your home turf. Want to know the whole story?
Heat and humidity will have some negative effects on your lawn. Why? In Northern Virginia the turf grasses in most lawns are “cool season” grasses, a name that reflects their preference for cooler temperatures. When cool season grasses like Kentucky bluegrass, fine fescues and perennial ryegrass experience temperatures in the 90’s they stop growing,
I have to rototill my lawn to make it grow better While rototilling your lawn can help level out very uneven soil and open up air spaces, it is not necessary to sustain a healthy lawn. Tilling can bring buried weed seeds to the surface and cover up essential topsoil. Microbes, essential for breaking down