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What You Need to Know About Endophyte Toxicity in Tall Fescue Pastures

Tall Fescue Seed Head
Tall fescue is one of the most versatile, widely-used pasture forages in America. Purdue University estimates that over 35 million acres of tall fescue are grown in the United States. Its tolerance to temperature extremes, poor soil conditions, excessive moisture and drought are well-known. Tall fescue is also high yielding forage, often producing 2-4 tons of dry matter per acre. With all these attributes, it may seem tall fescue would be an excellent choice for a pasture. And it is…except when it isn’t.



7 Common Lawn Myths and Misconceptions Exposed

Lawn Grass
We hear them all the time. Some of us are probably guilty of spreading them, while most of us probably believe one or two of them. They’re the myths, misconceptions or downright false ideas that seem to pop up in gardening conversations around the country. Maybe your neighbor heard it from a neighbor who heard it from a neighbor. Perhaps that online forum you were browsing wasn’t full of the experts you thought it was. Or maybe these ideas have been passed along for so long we’ve come to accept them as fact.

Dealing With Dead and Bare Spots in Your Lawn

Bare Spot in Lawn
Sometimes taking care of lawn grass can seem like an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. A bare or dead spot in your otherwise perfect lawn shows up, and all of a sudden you’re looking for clues, interviewing witnesses and gathering evidence. Having spent many years as a turfgrass manager, I know how frustrating these problem areas can be. We often think by simply reseeding or re-sodding we can fix the problem only to have the spot return again and again. Before wasting time and money reseeding these problem areas, it’s important to first find out what’s causing the bare or dead spots.

What’s Really in the Bag? Percent by Coverage vs. Percent by Weight

Bag of Seed
Every once in a while I’ll receive a frantic email from a concerned customer that reads something like this:

“I was checking out the information on the tag of the pasture blend you just sent me, and I noticed the percentages on the tag are very different from the percentages you advertised on your website! Are you trying to rip me off? Please explain!”

What Exactly is a "Low-Maintenance" Lawn?

Low Maintenance Lawn
There’s been a lot of interest in low-maintenance lawns lately. With drought covering much of the West, concerns over chemicals finding their way into the environment and an interest in reducing fossil fuel usage, it’s no wonder folks throughout the country are looking to cut back on lawn duty. The buzzwords are everywhere – eco, green, no-mow, sustainable, etc. But what actually makes a lawn “low-maintenance”?


Pasture Establishment: Which Seeding Method Should You Use?

Drill Seeding a Pasture
I might spend a lot of time in front of a computer as part of my job here at Nature’s Seed, but my favorite place to be is out working with the land. This week I was able to do just that. After weeks of waiting, the weather finally calmed down enough to get my own pasture seeded. The process began last year with a soil test and survey, weed control, tillage and extensive planning. As I tell our customers, establishing a pasture is a process that should start months before any seed hits the soil.

Early Spring Lawn Care Tips

spring grass
If you haven’t fired up the lawnmower yet, it won’t be long now. In my area of the country folks have been mowing their lawns for a few weeks now. In other areas, you might need to wait just a bit longer for the snow to melt. Whatever region you live in, there are lawn care tasks you can be doing right now to ensure the smoothest transition into spring.




Their Future is Our Future: The Vital Role of Pollinators

Monarch Butterfly
Pollination is one of the most fascinating stunts Mother Nature has ever pulled. For millions of years plants and animals have co-evolved in the ultimate example of “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours”. Plants rely on their animal partners to transfer pollen from one flower to the next, a process resulting in fertilization, fruit and seed development and the continuation of the species. For their hard work, animal pollinators are rewarded with a steady supply of nectar and pollen – food sources for animals like butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, moths and beetles.

Why Buy Nature’s Seed?

Nature's Seed
There have never been so many choices when buying seed than there are today. You can go to any big-box store and buy a cheap bag of seed at the same place you buy your socks. You can visit a home improvement store and hope the salesperson knows what they’re talking about. You can take your chances by clicking on the first seed company that shows up on an internet search. But how do you know you’re getting the best quality? Not all seed is the same, as too many landowners discover the hard way.

What to do About Dandelions in Your Lawn Grass

Dandelion
Congratulations everyone. You’ve made it through another winter. The days are getting longer, the temperatures warmer, and just the other day I spotted my first dandelion of the season. Spring is definitely here. For some folks, dandelions are no big deal. For others, they’re a curse straight from the devil himself. And that’s okay. We all have our own values, ideas and opinions that will determine which course of action we decide to take when dealing with dandelions in our lawns.


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