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Your Thirsty Lawn

Keeping Your Lawn and Landscape Green All Season Long Like any plant in your garden or window box, your turf grass needs water to survive. While Iowa’s frequent rainshowers often fit the bill in spring, in summer it’s not so simple. With temperatures in the 80s and 90s, Iowa summers can […]

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Soil Quality Restoration

Giving Life Back to Your Soil Iowa soils have been significantly altered by tillage for farming and grading practices associated with urban development. Years of tillage and soil erosion has caused the loss of more than half of Iowa’s topsoil. The organic matter content has been reduced from a healthy, sponge-like 10% to less than […]

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Spring Has Sprung

Now that the snow has melted, here are some tips to help your lawn and landscape recover from a long winter and to have a healthy spring and summer. We’re happy to offer these services and more as part of our Spring Clean-Up! Leaf Cleanup If you didn’t have a […]

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Soil Temperatures

  How does the soil temperature affect your landscape? Soil Temperature is the factor that has the strongest impact on plant growth, and its transition into dormancy. Due to different regional climates, soil temperatures will warm and cool as a delayed reaction to the atmospheric temperature. The 2012 USDA Plant […]

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Snow Mold

  What’s the all the fuss about Snow Mold? Snow mold is a type of fungus that damages or kills grass after snow melts.  Damage can come in a circular form with multiple spots, or over a widespread area.  Snow mold comes in two varieties: pink or gray.  Snow mold can manifest […]

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Watering Instructions for New Seed

Quality Care uses modern seeding equipment and grass cultivars selected for our area to maximize seed germination.  As with any type of planting project, we must work together to ensure its success and longevity.  You are responsible for watering the seeded area unless other arrangements have been made.  Please read […]

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Pet Spots

At Quality Care, our staff and technicians are what some call “pet people.” We love our dogs and cats (and assorted gold fish and other pets too!)  But we are aware that sometimes they can leave “spots,” and no, not the kind you find on your average Dalmatian. A pristine, evenly […]

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Moles vs Voles

Each spring, we get several calls about moles and voles and turf damage caused by these pests. While the name ‘mole’ sounds very similar to the name ‘vole’ – the two are quite different animals. Even though both can damage your turf, it is important to understand their differences and […]