Advice for the Challenges of Home Lawn Care

Advice for the Challenges of Home Lawn Care

Lawn Care Academy

Lawn Care Academy was developed to offer helpful advice to all who have dreamed of having a great looking lawn. It is all here, from the proper way to do a soil test to developing a complete fertilization program. You will find everything you need to know to do it correctly and safely. A beautiful lawn is a work of art, a joy to look at, and a pleasure to play on. It increases your home's curb appeal and raises property values.

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Soil Health

Soil Health

Soil Health characterizes the soils ability to function as a vital living system and promote quality water and air environments which in turn maintain plant, animal and human health. Soil quality integrates physical, chemical, and biological processes, and the interaction between them. Organic matter, Compaction, soil Drainage, PH- Acidity or Alkalinity, Nutrients - Macro and Micro, and Biology - Fungi all have to work together and when one or more the these components is out of balance you will not have a healthy soil.

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Spring Grass Diseases

As a general rule, most grasses show disease problems when they are actively growing, not dormant. When the grass turns straw brown for the winter, it's that way for 6 months. A colder winter is better for the lawn. Cool season grasses can handle cold weather even if we don't get snow. But snow is a good thing, it will insulate the grass underneath. When we don't receive a lot of snow cover ,the grass can dry out in the winter time.... but Turf is a remarkable plant and will recover.

To help out we are asking homeowner's to keep their lawns mowed to a sturdy height of 1-1/2 - 2 inches ( 4-5 cm ) so the grass isn't TOO long when the snow falls. As the snow falls, it pushes the grass down and snow mold will develop to a greater degree. Also to rake up the leaves, or mulch them on top of the grass, but not to leave them as cover. If you do see pink or gray snow mold in the spring there isn't much you can do as prevention at this point. Just take a rake or fingers to break it up instead of leaving it to dry. If left, the snow mold will dry and glue the grass blades together, making it harder for new growth to pass that barrier. So rake the area and if too much damage is present, then top dress with some seed. Snow mold will fix itself with aeration and a little warm weather.

Red thread or leaf spot is common if the early spring is wet, or rust if the spring is dry. Good lawn care practices are the key to success. Mowing high, watering as needed, proper fertilization, core aerating, over seeding on a regular basis......those are all the things that are going to help you maintain a healthy lawn.

 

Grass Crown

Grass Crown

You can see the area where the above ground plant meets the dark ground level area, this is where the Crown starts. The crown is lighter ,usually whitish and accounts for about a 1/4 of the above ground foliage. This Crown is the heart of the plant. Most of the energy in carbohydrates for hardiness is stored in the crown. If you were to mow down to the crown exposing it to the harsh elements in the hot summer or cold winter, survival is stressed to the max.

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