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Many South Dakotans are dealing with flood issues following recent blizzards and record-breaking rain.

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Organic Herbicides

Many gardeners across the state of South Dakota desire to have weed-free gardens, yards and flowerbeds. Many homeowners do not want to use inorganic herbicides due to their potential health effects.

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Grassy Weeds

Grassy weeds are a problem in all field crops. They must be identified at early stages of growth so they can be controlled before crop yields are seriously threatened. Control measures are not the same for all grassy weeds, so accurate seedling identification is important.

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Lawn Weed Control

Cultural weed control practices must be included in weed management programs to optimize control and inhibit re-infestation. A healthy, dense turf cover is the best overall defense against weed invasion. Some common cultural weed control practices include planting the most adapted turfgrass species for your environment (i.e. shade, full sun, or hot, dry conditions), maintaining a mowing height of 2.5–3.5 inches, watering deeply but less frequently, and proper soil maintenance including fertilization and core aerification.

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Lawns

Lush, green and healthy - that's what we all desire for our lawns, but it's not always an easy goal to achieve.

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Dandelion Season is Nearly Here

December 18, 2018

Although current weather conditions have detained them, the yellow flowers of spring are beginning to emerge.

Garden & Yard Issues, Lawn

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Sod Webworm in South Dakota

Sod webworm moths are emerging throughout South Dakota. Although these pests are common during the fall, the number of moth sightings and population densities in the Western half of the state are higher than normal. The particular species being found is the vagabond sod webworm. Unlike several other webworm species found in the United States, vagabond sod webworms rarely cause much damage and the adult moths are no more than just a short-term nuisance.

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Dealing with Drought Stressed Lawns

Drought is a common concern across the region this summer affecting landscapes in many ways, but probably most noticeably in its impact on lawns.

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Help Plants Deal With Drought and Heat by Using Mulch

Mulch can be one way to help plants remain healthy and growing while water is scarce and temperatures climb into the mid-80's and higher.

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Summer Lawn Care: Mowing, Weeds & Water

Summer is finally here! So let’s consider the “dos and don’ts” of mowing, weed control and watering in summer lawns.

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Invasive Garden Plants: Is That a Weed?

While we generally consider invasive plants like crabgrass, dandelions, and purslane as weeds, just about any plant can be considered a weed when it's in the wrong location.