more about: Lawn and Ground Cover

Armyworms Are Marching In

People are always yapping about needing smaller lawns. Now that can happen and they won’t need to lift a finger. In fact, they can wake up in the morning to find their lawns completely gone — thanks to the infamous fall armyworm.

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Survive the Dog Days of Watering

Woof! It’s hot! It’s dry! And if you’re like Grumpy, you’re SICK TO DEATH of watering all of your plants day after day, only to come back the next day and have them looking wilted and pathetic like you were never were there. Here’s how you can keep them alive and looking presentable without running up a $1,000 watering bill.

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Coming Soon! The Greatest Southern Gardening Book of All Time!

Incredibly wise gardeners who bought the last Southern Living Garden Book (above) published in 2004 are always asking me: “When are you going to revise it? A lot has changed in 10 years.” Grumpy has heard your pleas. And he is delighted to announce that an all-new, completely revised edition will set the world on its ear in January 2015!!!

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Don’t Mow Low!

I look at lawns as I silently walk through my neighborhood each morning, exercising my hyper-critical eye. Some lawns lush and green. Others are 30 shades of brown. What is the one mistake that turns a soft, cool carpet into a weedy, scraggly plate of pebbles? It isn’t what you might think.

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Chemical vs Organic Lawn Fertilizer — Which Works Better?

Environmentalists are always bashing my lawn. They say the fertilizer I use to make it thick and green is killing the world like that nuke plant in Japan. So last summer, I decided to experiment. I divided my lawn in lawn in half, used chemical fertilizer on one half, organic fertilizer on the other, to see which did the better […]

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Friends Don’t Let Friends Use Ethanol

This is strange Mr. Thomas. Mr. Thomas may look like a terrorist, but he’s really a nice guy. Only his lawn mower, leaf blower, string trimmer, or anything else powered by small gas engine will think he’s a terrorist if he pours the new E85 gasohol blend in the tank. Because that extra ethanol will kill the engine faster than […]

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Throw-Down Thursday — Grumpy Answers Your Garden Questions

Welcome to Throw-Down Thursday, that sacred time we take each week to answer your most pressing gardening questions with honesty, sensitivity, insight, and — most important — the 1001% correctness you’ve come to expect. Let’s get right to it.

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Mole Control — What Works?

Faithful reader Brandy Bumpus says moles fighting moles in her yard is turning into trench warfare. She begs Grumpy for advice on the best way to get rid of these tunneling terrorists. As always, the ever-generous Grump is delighted to help.

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The Key to a Weed-Free Lawn

You know that a weedy lawn marks you as an undesirable in the neighborhood and brings your face up first on many Google searches. So what if I told you there was a simple way prevent weeds that doesn’t involve weed-killers, fertilizers, or a friendly herd of goats? Would you try it?

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Don’t Hate My Lawn! 5 Keys to Responsible Lawn Care

Lawn lovers, we are victorious! Last week, we decisively proved that there are very good reasons to cherish our carpets of green! But with great power comes great responsibility. Here are five ways to become an environmentally sensitive lawn owner.

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