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The Myth of Dethatching

Syd Stephan | Founder | M.S. Horticulture Science, University of Wisconsin
Posted 09/26/2017

Every year, thousands of gallons of fuel are burned and tons of debris are added to compost sites because of an unnecessary process called lawn dethatching. Dethatching, also called “power raking”, is generally done for one of two reasons: In spring, in an attempt to clean up a messy looking lawn just after the snow has melted, or, in the fall, to reduce the thatch layer present in the turf.

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Ornamental grass

Why Cutoff Perennials?

Catherine Nickelson | Horticulturist | B.S. Horticulture, University of Minnesota | ISA Certified Arborist
Posted 10/13/2017

Along with cooling Minnesota temperatures and fading sunlight, fall brings special maintenance tasks for perennials. One of these tasks is the removal of foliage by cutting off the plant at ground level. This is recommended for aesthetic purposes as well as for the health and longevity of the plant.

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Aeration

The Benefits of Aeration

Syd Stephan | Founder | M.S. Horticulture Science, University of Wisconsin
Posted 09/26/2017

Aeration is one of the most beneficial practices in maintaining a healthy turf. Aeration is a low impact, sustainable practice requiring no pesticides or chemicals. Aeration improves absorption of water reducing the need for irrigation. By improving the vigor of the turf, aeration also reduces the need for applied fertilizer and weed killers. A healthy turf is more resilient to traffic and is less susceptible to diseases.

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