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El Niño’s Effects On Landscape Trees & Shrubs

We keep hearing that El Niño will be affecting weather patterns all across the western hemisphere this winter. In Ohio, the predictions are for a warmer, drier winter. While the prospect of a milder winter seems very appealing, there are definite implications beyond the weather. These simple changes in weather patterns can affect wildlife, plants, […]

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How to Choose the Best Mowing Height

Mowing your lawn is much more than just cutting the grass every Saturday. One of the most fundamental steps to a perfect lawn is getting the mowing height right for your type of lawn and for a particular season. We at Portage Turf Specialists LLC want to pass along a few mowing tips we abide […]

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Should I Hire a Lawn Care Company?

Many folks this time of year are dreaming of the smell of fresh cut grass, and asking themselves the question- Should I Hire a Lawn Care Company ? Four quick questions will help to determine the answer to this age old question!     Is your free time valuable?  I think most of us would respond yes […]

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Grub Invasion Hits Ohio

Most lawns in Ohio are recovering nicely from summer disease issues and are returning to their thick, dark green state. Some lawns are not- large brown lawn patches may mean a grub infestation has ate all your turfgrass roots- and if that wasnt bad enough, skunks and racoons will soon be by to feast on […]

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Landscape Bed Weed Control

Ahh yes- Memorial Day picnics are quickly approaching and your once beautiful, nicely mulched landscape beds are truly a memory as they are being overtaken by dandelions and weeds.  Following are your options- How will you recover your once beautiful flower beds? Picking-  very  time consuming, painful thistles! , weeds quickly return, where do you […]

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The Yellow-Spotted Lawn Phenomenon

Have you noticed yellow spots on your lawn recently? Nearly every Ohio homeowner has seen their yards affected by the recent spring-freeze. This phenomenon is a natural occurrence that is caused by night-time temperatures reaching the 20s and 30s. This causes the frost to burn the turf blade tissue, resulting in the yellowing you see.

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Get Out and Rake

March brings warmer weather and melting snow, revealing the lawn that once was the best in the neighborhood underneath. Snow mold is often left and must be dealt with immediately. Some grasses are more susceptible than others. If your lawn has straw colored, matted patches, it has most likely been affected. Lightly rake affected areas […]

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