Dandelion – the ubiquitous weed – is a flowering plant belonging to the Asteraceae family. There are several fun and interesting dandelion facts that shed light on different aspects of this plant.    Taraxacum officinale, dandelion’s botanical name, has been derived from some Greek words referring to the medicinal characteristics of this species. ‘Dandelion’, their common name, has been…

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Don’t let weeds take over as snow and ice leave your lawn Weed control is absolutely an all-year round job for lawn owners. Fighting weeds and all methods of weed prevention, however, are best done in the fall and in early spring. These are the best times in your year-long calendar to take advantage of…

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Effective Purslane control is an extremely difficult task, even for the best landscaping companies in Des Moines. Even folks who are expert lawncare professionals have a tough time with this plant.   Purslane sucks away all the soil nutrients that feed your precious turf grass. Fast growth and rapid reproduction are also notable qualities of this weed. Control may be difficult; but knowing the plant better will…

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Fall is the best time of the year to control perennial Broadleaf weeds, according to Kevin Johnson, President of All American Turf Beauty, Inc. “Our successful experience with fall weed control has long been supported by Iowa State University extension research,” says Johnson. “University research has consistently led them to proclaim that Fall is the…

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Identifying Crabgrass Crabgrass is one of the most prevalent grassy weeds in Midwest lawns. Crabgrass thrives in full sunlight and high temperatures and can easily out compete common, cool-season, desirable lawn grasses. Crabgrass is a summer annual that has a life of less than a year. It germinates in the spring, grows through the summer…

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