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Month: January 2015

Oak Wilt Prevention

What is Oak Wilt? Oak Wilt is a fungus Ceratocystis Fafacearum, that infects the vascular system of all species of Oak Trees, especially Live Oaks, or properly known as Quercus Fuciformus.  The infection is lethal if left unchecked. It is much easier to take steps to prevent the infection than to try and save the tree…
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by George Altgelt How tall should turf grass be? Well, what do you want to end up with? Something nice to walk on? The manicured look? Easy maintenance? Minimum water usage? The best place to start is with a look at the physics of light and heat. When sunlight reaches the surface of almost any…
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by George Altgelt The selection process for turf grass, based on “What do you want it to do?”, has now reached the question of foot traffic. Buffalo grass, while beautiful to look at from a distance looks lousy up close after a party or a Bar-B-Que. It looks obviously trampled and does not recover quickly.…
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Why Sow Cover Crops?

By Botanical Interests Seeds There are numerous reasons to choose cover crops as part of a healthy garden. It seems that for most any problem, there is a cover crop solution. Try one and you’ll notice over time how much better your garden performs with less inputs of extra water, fertilizer, and insecticide. Cover crops…
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by George Altgelt As promised, this month we’re going to talk about turf grass selection. The best question, as always, is: “What do you want it to do?” We’ll start with the amount of water it will use. The real question is how much water you’re going to put on it – enough to keep…
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