June 22–28 has been designated National Pollinator Week, a time to learn more about the important role of pollinators in our world and to discover ways to protect them. Bees are the most productive, but flies, wasps, ants, butterflies, moths and bats are also pollinators. Together they help about 75% of all flowering plants move pollen necessary for fertilization, including plants that bear some of our favorite fruits, vegetables and nuts. Unfortunately, pesticides, habitat loss, pollution and other factors have put our pollinators at serious risk.
We’re marking a milestone anniversary, here at NG Turf. Thirty-five years ago, our founder and CEO Aaron McWhorter planted the first seeds that would become not only a thriving sod business, but also a trusted source of information for homeowners and turfgrass pros. Beginning with a small tract of Bermuda grass, NG Turf has grown to become a leading sod producer in the Southeast by focusing on premium product and stellar service.
When done right, mowing actually encourages your grass to grow, creating a dense lawn that resists weeds, drought, wear and disease. However, common mowing mistakes can actually cause significant damage to your lawn. Whether you pay a professional service or do it yourself, be sure to protect your grass from these detrimental practices.
Often overlooked, aeration plays an important role in maintaining a healthy lawn. And this year, more than ever, our lawns could use the help. A hot, dry fall followed by a wet winter and spring have led to a patchy start for many warm-season grasses. If your lawn is struggling to green up, it may be time to aerate.