From Scott's Desk
A customer recently told me that it would be helpful to have some sort of a lawn maintenance schedule. So here are some thoughts –
It is always helpful to first have some general understandings such as considering a soil sample, observing any disease or insect concerns, and noting the grass type. Around here, of course, cool season such as tall, fine fescue, Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass would be grown realizing that most of their growing is in spring and fall, often going dormant in the summer.
I recommend fertilizing the lawn in early fall so that the grass can enter winter dormancy in a healthier state. Fall liming is good too. With pellet lime, one can safely apply spring and fall according to your soil sample recommendations.
Some weeds are controlled better with a fall or spring application of pre-emergent herbicide. I have found that the folk who don’t miss this step have the greener, more weed-free lawns.
A summer application of organic fertilizer can contribute to a balanced burn free “shot in the arm.” Post-emergent herbicides will be best applied when the target weeds are actively growing.
Pests such as grubs are cyclical so apply controls according to your climate and temperatures for best results . . . and always READ and FOLLOW the label instruction.
If you have specific questions on improving your lawn, please don’t hesitate to contact us as the best time to achieve the greenest results may be right now!
Here’s some excerpts from the book “God of Wonders” by David A. Steen:
“The blessings of grass are truly amazing. Try this: Lie down on a lawn and feel the softness. Roll over on your belly and take a close robin’s-eye view of it. Pull up a single grass plant and study it carefully. Doesn’t look like much, does it? Just a few blades coming out of an unimpressive stem with some roots hanging out the bottom. Next, take a wider view. A well-kept and manicured lawn is a thing of beauty and great value as it provides framing and contrast to a formal garden or as a setting for a home. Individually unimpressive plants, when viewed collectively, are impressive indeed.
“Think of the various uses of grass. Not only does it convert a dirt yard to emerald green, but it feeds the world’s billions with rice, wheat, corn, oats, barley, rye, triticum, sugar cane, and sorghum. Consider how many other animals depend on grasses for their food source.
“Furthermore, grasses stabilize dunes, marshes, and other ecologically sensitive areas. People use them to make paper, thatch, fuel, insulation, and sports turf of all types. I think you get the picture. Grasses are a special gift of God. The phrase ‘in the rustling grass, I hear Him pass, He speaks to me everywhere’ takes on new meaning and significance when I stop to meditate on the gift of grass. Each blade of grass is to me a love letter from my Creator.”