Farmer’s Almanac – Yard Care Advice

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May 23, 2017
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Almost all of us are familiar with The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Weather patterns have been charted and predicted in the Almanac for the following planting year as well as tides, planting charts, and a number of other bits of useful information–including yard care advice. Their website is a much newer addition to the Old Farmer’s Almanac (along with some other merchandise and useful products) having been launched in 1996.

About the Old Farmer’s Almanac

Ever since the late 18th century, the Old Farmer’s Almanac has been a useful guide for farmers and planters offering a diverse range of advice regarding lawn maintenance, weed control, lawn fertilization, lawn treatments, and other yard care related topics. It is released every September for the following year. The useful lawn care and gardening tips and advice included in the Almanac are beneficial to anybody who is attempting to grow anything or just want a healthy, green lawn. Whether it is a food garden or backyard grass, the Old Farmer’s Almanac offers sage words of wisdom taken from hundreds of years of publication.

Yard Care Related Advice

The Old Farmer’s Almanac has well over two centuries’ worth of data on its side. The information provided in the yearly Old Farmer’s Almanac is a combination of science, applied knowledge, and as the Almanac itself says, “Useful, with a pleasant degree of humor.” This information can be beneficial to lawn service professionals and homeowners.

Lawn Care

When it comes to lawn care and maintenance, the Old Farmer’s Almanac’s webpage does not offer a particular section on this specific topic. However, a quick search on the website yields a ton of useful information regarding turf care and maintenance of your lawn from fertilizing to lawn problems and cures to low maintenance landscaping. The advice is practical and tested over time in the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Weed Control

Weed control is another broad topic for the Almanac that is covered in many different areas. Lawns, gardens, and flower beds are discussed in regard to weed control. On this page, you can find a host of topics regarding weeds, weed killer, weed control options, lawn spraying, and other lawn treatment-related information for many different areas around the country.


Search the Old Farmer’s Almanac website for diseases, and you will come across a plethora of articles and blog posts regarding lawn and garden diseases. Whether it is advice on avoiding diseases in your prize-winning roses or looking to identify white powdery mold on your lawn, the Old Farmer’s Almanac has a lot of advice and articles about keeping your lawn and garden disease-free.

Pests and Diseases

The Garden Plant Pest and Disease Control Library within the Old Farmer’s Almanac offers advice and information on identifying and pest control for some of the most common pests to your lawn and garden–and not just insect pests, but animal pests such as deer and raccoons as well! The website also contains valuable information on different types of plant diseases from blights to wilts.

Planting Dates

Get your plants in the ground too early, and you will wind up killing delicate sprouts in a cold snap. Get them in the ground too late, and the fall’s cold weather and shorter days will stunt your plants from growing fruits and vegetables to maturity. The planting dates calculator in the Old Farmer’s Almanac will let you know the best time to start seeds indoors, outdoors and the best time to get plants into the ground. Simply plug in your zip code for the best time frame to start your garden for the season!


If you are a visual learner, then the Old Farmer’s Almanac videos will undoubtedly help with advice about everything from making refrigerator dill pickles (YUM!) to growing carrots in your garden. The videos are filled with practical advice and tips and presented in an interesting and easy-to-follow format, making them ideal for just about anybody from beginner to expert.

Gardening Articles

These articles are filled with practical advice about the upcoming season. Looking for information on preparing your garden for winter? You can find it right here. Do you live in an area where deer are a danger to your foliage and greenery? Then check out the articles on deer-resistant plants. Thinking about planting roses for the first time? Then check out the article that is dedicated to planting and growing roses. Thinking about lawn aeration? Then check out their yard care and lawn maintenance articles. The articles are all useful and relevant to issues many gardeners and lawn care services face, no matter what your level of skill.

Garden Plant Growing Guide

The Old Farmer’s Almanac has selected thirty of the nation’s top plants and provided a step-by-step “how-to” guide on growing them. Each plant is given a rundown of hardiness tips, common pests found in the plant, the amount of sun exposure required, soil pH, soil type, harvest tips, suggested varieties, and special features. They also include recipes on preparing vegetables, free e-cards, and some “wit and wisdom” to accompany each plant.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac is undoubtedly full of helpful tips and tricks for growing anything green around your home. If you are a beginner, there is plenty of information that will help get your yard care and lawn maintenance heading in the right direction. If you are a lawn care service or green professional, the weather predictions for the coming year can certainly be a useful gauge for what to expect in the next growing season. One of the reasons the Almanac has been running for so many years is that it has a proven track record of combining just the right amount of useful information with applied knowledge and humor to appeal to everybody. Be sure to check newsstands for future issues of the Almanac!