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Knowledge to Grow – Moss Control in Lawns

Mosses are green plants that have fine, branched, threadlike stems with tiny leaves and reproduce by wind-blown spores.   They form a thick green mat at the surface of the soil and do not kill the grass as most believe but rather fill in the spaces in the lawn where grass is not growing.

The key to controlling moss is improving growing conditions to encourage a thick stand of healthy turf grass.  The conditions that are favored by moss are excessive shade, poor drainage, acidic soil, compacted soil, low soil fertility, excessive irrigation, improper mowing or a combination of these factors that add up to thin or weak turf.

There are several chemical options from which to choose to kill the moss.  Scotts and Ortho both produce a moss killer and another option is to use copper sulfate at the rate of 5 ounces in 4 gallons of water sprayed over 1000 square feet.  After the moss has been killed and if you are going to reseed, it will be necessary to apply 5 to 10 ...

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Knowledge To Grow – Kentucky Bluegrass

An attractive, well-kept lawn can be an important aspect of a homes’ landscape. It adds value to a homes’ appearance, aids in soil erosion, reduces mud and dust and it produces oxygen. Planting a new lawn or even doing some over-seeding requires some knowledge of selecting the best seed for the area. Cool season turf …

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Curious About the Amish Culture

A blog reader recently posted the question, “Why do Amish women wear aprons?” I responded that I would post the answer when I found it. Since I didn’t grow up in an area surrounded by the Amish community, I often have to go to the sources themselves to find the answer. To find this answer, …

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About The Amish Culture: Six Social Courtesies

LaGrange County and Shipshewana are home to the third largest Amish community in the nation. This community’s simple way of life is the reason many people visit our area—to observe, learn about, pay tribute to, and purchase items from the Amish. With the travel season upon us, here are a few things to remember as …

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Knowledge To Grow – Edible Landscaping

Edible landscaping is the integration of edible plants into the ornamental landscape.  More people are looking toward growing their own nutritious produce at home, thus saving money and natural resources at the same time.  Think about incorporating fruit trees and blueberry bushes into the planting scheme of your yard or lining the side of your …

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About April’s Business of the Month, Raber Patios

The April Business of the Month celebrates Raber Patio Enclosures and Furniture, a locally owned and operated business. This blog is the third installment of the series. To read the first blog, click here. To read about Raber’s Open House, click here. In 1985, with a vision for quality and an entrepreneurial spirit, Amish businessman Ervin Raber …

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Twin Mills Camping Resort Has a New Mayor

Folks, there’s a new mayor in town, and his name is Paul Petrulis. He will shake your hand, join you at the campfire, and maybe eat your marshmallows. Once you meet him, though, you won’t mind; he’s witty and kind, and he’s not the mayor of any town…that is, unless Twin Mills Camping Resort is …

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Spring Gardening Things To Do

Spring is here and it’s time to get busy! FLOWERS, VEGETABLES AND SMALL FRUIT The weak, diseased or damaged canes from raspberry plants should be removed before new growth starts. If you did not remove them last year, remove the old fruiting canes and shorten the remaining canes if they need it. Grapes need to …

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LaGrange County Barn Quilt Mural: Lone Star and Flower Basket

To celebrate the LaGrange County Barn Quilt Tour, we are devoting two blogs a month on information regarding a specific mural you will see dotting the Amish backroads in Northern Indiana. Even though we have numbered the blogs, the order in which we present the murals isn’t terribly important, as you can begin your own …

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