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Green growth Special To The Star-news | Sat, Apr 21 2012 12:00 PM

Throughout May, lawn, garden and equipment experts will provide free, one-on-one advice on everything from how to control pests and finally win the battle against weeds to troubleshooting a lawn mower that won't start.

"We'll help everyone who calls and take as long as necessary to get homeowners the  answers they need,” says Trey Rogers, an internationally known expert on lawn and yard care and leader of the hotline, which is sponsored by Briggs & Stratton Corporation.

For example, if your grass is brown or dying where it should be green, he advises, there may be a simple solution.

1.  Can you blame it on the dog? The nitrogen in dog urine can burn your lawn and cause a widespread brown patch problem. You  can create a special gravel or mulch area and train Fido to go there.

2.  Is  your  mower  blade dull? Dull blades tear rather than cleanly cut the grass, which can weaken and damage the lawn. Have the blade sharpened once a year.

3.  Did you spill fertilizer or overfeed your lawn? Too much fertilizer is a well-known grass-burning culprit. Always follow package instructions.

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