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Mosquito Control Tips for Labor Day Weekend in the Triangle

The Best Tips for Mosquito Control in the Triangle Area  Avoiding mosquitoes and dealing with their itchy irritation is a struggle of summer that we all know too well. In Raleigh and throughout the triangle area, the hot summers and high humidity make mosquitoes a problem for many. Of course, there are professional ways to…

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When to Overseed a Fescue Lawn in NC

When to Overseed a Fescue Lawn in North Carolina   Maintaining a lush, healthy lawn is the dream of every homeowner in North Carolina. Overseeding your fescue lawn every year is the key to achieving that goal. But a common question for many is when to overseed in NC.  Fescue grass is a popular cool-season grass…

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Ask The Expert: Arbor Day

Arbor Day is an annual holiday in which people are encouraged to plant trees. The concept of a day to recognize the importance of planting trees is actually something that is recognized as a national holiday in various countries around the world. Trees play an important role in the environment as they filter out CO2…

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What is the deal with Poa?

Image sourced from Bayer Turf & Ornamentals Management It’s not uncommon to get a few calls each spring from homeowners wondering what type of weed is growing in their otherwise healthy lawn.  During the early spring, there is a good chance that weed is poa annua, commonly known as annual bluegrass.    Poa annua, or Annual Bluegrass, is a…

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Warm Season Grass Types

North Carolina is home to many grass types. In the Triangle region, we service homes that have warm season grasses like Bermuda or Zoysia and maybe even some with Centipede. A more recent trend is to have split grass types depending on the location of the grass. For instance, if a back yard gets more…

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Why is my neighbor’s lawn blue?

It’s that time of year again. Spring flowers start blooming, the temperatures start to warm. You step outside with your morning coffee to breath in a little fresh air. You smile and with the sunshine hitting your face, you begin to look around, surveying the neighborhood. But, wait! What is that? Suddenly you realize there…

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A flowering shrub.

Tree and Shrub Care

Caring for the trees and shrubs around your property is an important part of your lawn and landscape program. In the Raleigh and Durham areas, we have both older neighborhoods with long-established landscaping, as well as many new construction communities that are full of young trees and shrubs. Regardless of the age of your plants,…

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2020 Seed Blend For Aeration and Seeding

We take aeration and seeding seriously. Each year, we work directly with seed growers to hand-select the seed blends we offer our customers. We use only zero-weed seed. That means you will never find any weed seed in our blends. Read more about the seed varietals that make up the Eastern Turf Maintenance 2020 over-seeding…

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A very manicured lawn.

Summer Tips for Lawn Maintenance in Raleigh

Every homeowner wants to have a beautiful lawn, but not everyone knows what steps to take. Hopefully these tips can show you that with a little knowledge and effort, keeping a beautiful lawn doesn’t have to be a chore. Maybe you’ll learn, like millions of homeowners have, that maintaining your lawn can actually be a…

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Crabgrass care and lawns in Raleigh

Every year as the weather begins to warm-up, many homeowners look out across their lawn and wonder where things went wrong. Either there are large dead, brown areas, or maybe there is much more crabgrass (or crab grass) than they had expected. The homeowner may be especially surprised because they believe they had taken sufficient…

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Fescue vs Warm Season Grasses in Raleigh & the Triangle

Here in North Carolina we are fortunate to have the best of both worlds when it comes to turf choices. Farther north there are more cool season grasses, like blue grass and fescue, and south of us there are a variety of warm season grasses. In this area, both varieties are used as we are…

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The Importance of Seeding and Aerating Raleigh Area Lawns

PHOTO — This is Kenny on our Kubota tractor using a deep tine aerator. Aeration is usually done on Bermuda turf athletic fields in the summer time. Here, Kenny is pulling 8 inch cores on Doak Field at NC State’s Dial Park. It would be nice if we could pull cores this deep on residential…

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Aeration and Overseeding in the Raleigh area

The Triangle is located in the transitional zone. What that means for everyone with a fescue lawn is that it’s time to aerate and over seed. The summer heat, compaction from high traffic and disease take a toll on cool season grasses. Fescue lawns can die under these conditions resulting in a thin lawn that…

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Lawn Disease Prevention and Treatment

  Grass, just like any other living organism, can catch diseases which affect its health. Because your lawn is an interconnected ecosystem of related plants living together, any disease causing damage in one part of the lawn can quickly spread. Thankfully, there are things you can do, not only to prevent this damage from spreading,…

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Warm Season Lawn Aeration

Core Aeration Bermuda, zoysia, centipede, and St. Augustine are warm season lawns. These lawns require core aeration to relieve compaction, and allow air and nutrients to get to the root zone. This is often considered one of the best investments to your lawn. Aeration usually occurs in the spring time, when the turf has transitioned…

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Top choice for fire ant control

Fire ants are quickly becoming a serious problem in central and south-eastern parts of North Carolina. Invasive and aggressive, their venomous sting is dangerous to people and their pets. ETM Lawncare staff are certified by Bayer Environmental Science to apply Top Choice, a cutting-edge fire ant control. In a single application we can protect your…

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