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Which is the Superior Choice: Rubber Mulch or Organic Mulch?

Selecting the right type of mulch for your garden can be a daunting task. With countless options available, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons to make an informed decision. Two of the most popular mulch choices are rubber and organic. While rubber is cheaper, organic is a more environmentally friendly option that provides numerous benefits for your plants. It’s derived from natural materials like bark, leaves, and straw, which decompose over time and enrich the soil. Additionally, organic mulch helps retain moisture, suppresses weeds, and regulates soil temperature. Overall, organic mulch is the smart choice for a healthy and thriving garden.

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The Most Prevalent Grasses Found in Illinois Lawns

Selecting the appropriate grass for your Illinois lawn can be a challenging yet crucial step to achieving a healthy and beautiful lawn. Illinois has varying temperatures, with hot summers and cold winters, making it even more necessary to choose a type of grass that can thrive in such conditions. Look no further than this guide by the Elite team. Our guide provides all the vital pieces of information necessary for you to choose the best grass species for your lawn. Trust us to give you the insight you need to make an informed decision.

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Is it better to aerate or dethatch your lawn?

Maintaining a lush lawn is an essential part of owning a home; however, it can be overwhelming. Thatch, a layer of dead grass and organic matter, can hinder the absorption of nutrients. Removing thatch, also known as dethatching, is crucial and should be done very year or two. On the other hand, core aeration improves soil aeration and water movement. The decision to dethatch or aerate depends on the lawn’s condition. Thin thatch layers benefit from aeration, and thick thatch layers need dethatching. Other factors that influence the approach are regular maintenance and the grass type.

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What Is Powdery Mildew

Powdery mildew is a common fungal disease that affects a wide variety of plants. True to its name, the fungus is easily identified by the light grey or white powdery spots found on infected leaves. It can also be found underneath the leaves or on stems, flowers, fruit, or vegetables. Powdery Mildew spreads and can rapidly cover most of the leaves on the plant. Young plants and seedlings are especially susceptible.

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Identifying & Treating Summer Patch

Most lawns have a few brown spots from time to time. Sometimes it’s mowed too short, a dull blade was used, or maybe some furry friends decided to use a spot as their designated bathroom area. These problems are easily solved, but if your lawn is slow-growing, wilted, and has irregular, light-colored patches and rings that get bigger throughout the summer, you may have a lawn disease called summer patch.

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What Is Wild Violet?

Wild violet is a common lawn weed that can wreak havoc on your perfectly manicured grass. It’s easy to spot, but hard to get rid of if left unchecked. Wild violets are perennial plants that spread quickly and can take over large areas of turfgrass in no time. They are often mistaken for other weeds or flowers, so it is important to know what signs to look for. Thankfully, Elite Lawn Care has assembled this guide to wild violets so that you can look out for this weed in your lawn and take the right steps to control it.

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