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Arnold, Forest Diversity and Crop Rotation

Arnold, Forest Diversity and Crop Rotation

What does Arnold Schwarzenegger, Forest Bio-Diversity and Crop Rotation have in common? Well, not a lot other than Arnold’s nickname was “The Oak”, his achievements are numerous and unless you have been living under a rock for the past 40+ years you...
Liquid Aeration, Snake Oil or Good Science

Liquid Aeration, Snake Oil or Good Science

OK, I will be the first to admit that the word “Liquid Aeration” sounds pretty hokey, and that is compounded by the practice of service providers being misinformed themselves or selling something without explaining what it does or just trying to generate...
Unabhängigkeit (Free Yourself)

Unabhängigkeit (Free Yourself)

Leave it to the Germans (me being one of them) to come up with really long hard to pronounce words with very simple meanings. Unabhängigkeit,  is the German word for Freedom or Independence. Now you know some German (Try looking up Unabhängigkeitserklärungen, they...
A Good Fall Strategy

A Good Fall Strategy

Right now is where people set the stage for the upcoming spring. All of the work to get the lawn hopefully into a better shape will lead to an even better one next spring IF you don’t stop right now. Let me explain. Right now is when the lawn can be severely...
This is what we are after…

This is what we are after…

This is what we are after, a beautiful, healthy, resilient lawn that you can enjoy. That uses water efficiently (less), eliminates toxic chemicals, greens up earlier (without help) and stays greener longer into the winter (doesn’t turn brown). OK, that sounds...
Don’t Do That! Proceed at your Own Peril!

Don’t Do That! Proceed at your Own Peril!

I was driving around today and I saw something I didn’t want to see, a truck towing an air compressor. The air compressor was for blowing out irrigation lines. I am hoping that it was just for show. With it being 95² last week, there is no hard freeze in sight....
The Case for Automation (Robotic Mowing)

The Case for Automation (Robotic Mowing)

Change is certainly in the air. Modern technology such as AI & 4G connectivity, coupled with battery capability and older technologies such as GPS and well, uh, mechanical mower have brought us robotic mowing. But why have you never heard of a near 30 year old...
The Light at the End of the Tunnel

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Do you feel like having a great looking lawn is futile? Do you feel like It is just too expensive? You are not alone. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. See it? No it is not that light. That is a train wreck waiting to happen. OK, maybe the train/tunnel...
Let’s Talk about Thatch

Let’s Talk about Thatch

Thatch, that grossly misunderstood part of your lawn that causes so many issues that is supposed to be there but not really, let’s dig in. Thatch simply defined is the dead root growth of the lawn. It is normal to have in a bluegrass lawn but is often overgrown...
A Cry for Help

A Cry for Help

In 2017 I hit a wall, so to speak. We had been operating under a system that was status quo and while I was able to excel under this paradigm, it was problematic as I could never seemingly really fix the problems that we were having and seeing in our customer’s...
Is this the End? The Rise of the Machines!

Is this the End? The Rise of the Machines!

Lord have Mercy, the machines are coming to take away our jobs and then kill us! Well, hold on now, we are getting way ahead of ourselves. First of all, have you ever heard of Robotic Mowing? Probably not, and that would be the norm to about 98-99% of the American...
Our Strategy…

Our Strategy…

There are two paths for our turf lawns: The synthetic path and the biological path. As we have discussed previously most of the problems that we face that are considered normal operating factors (compaction, thick thatch, frequent watering, heavy inputs of chemicals)...
Reestablish the Relationship

Reestablish the Relationship

Plants and soil should be viewed as one, not separate components. There should be a relationship between the root of a plant and the soil via the microbiology in the soil. This relationship has been destroyed by the use of synthetic fertilizers and has made the grass...
Weather Bender, Get Out of the Stress Cycle!

Weather Bender, Get Out of the Stress Cycle!

In our quest to continue innovating, we have recognized a rather troubling event that we started noticing a few years ago and it is getting worse. We have noticed a trend that is affecting you, your watering schedule during the growing season and the occurrence of...
Three Things That Will Change Your Lawn Forever

Three Things That Will Change Your Lawn Forever

Three things that you need to ponder, Carbon helps the soil save and store water. You can grab Nitrogen out of the sky and use it for free fertilizer. Automated (Robotic) mowing reduces stress and saves water. Now that I have your attention let me elaborate… If...
Learn to Avoid Water Stress

Learn to Avoid Water Stress

The purpose of water is to move nutrients through the plant to grow and repair, period. Getting it there (to the roots) can be a challenge but experiencing stress can take a while to overcome and the longer you are in it the worse it gets. Let’s learn how to...
Soil Biology, Making Lawns Fun Again!

Soil Biology, Making Lawns Fun Again!

For the past 23 years we have seen the good, the bad and the ugly but more importantly we have discovered the true way to make lawns sing. For too long we tried to put up with the status quo and in the Fall of 2017 we questioned why. In a very serendipitous phone call...
Paying the Piper, You’re Already Doing It!

Paying the Piper, You’re Already Doing It!

Ever see that commercial about the oil filter that had the tag line, “You can pay me now or you can pay me later”? The traditional means of managing turf sometimes have people at odds with their lawn, particularly if it is problematic. Switching from a...
Event vs Outcome based progress

Event vs Outcome based progress

As we have moved from a synthetic system to a biological system of addressing turf fertility we have made several observations that are a direct reflection of our dependence on petro-based man made synthetic fertilizers. Every spring customers would call us and ask,...
Let’s talk about Water

Let’s talk about Water

Water is a pretty hot topic that is talked about a lot, usually without enthusiasm. Water is expensive and not a lot of people realize what water is really for or have a proper watering technique. This is compounded by a misunderstanding about soil composition,...