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GARDEN TALK with DOUG - BASIC LAWN CARE STEPS

Late August is when we need to be doing our planning and homework for taking the proper lawn care steps.
SOIL TEST -  I can’t stress this very important point enough.  The information that a soil test provides about your soil is so critical in knowing your soils’ needs.   Now is the time to do a soil test.  Soil test kits can be picked up at area libraries.  Following the instructions and send it off to Virginia Tech.  You will get the results in two to three weeks.
SOIL pH -  The ideal soil pH for turf grasses is between 6.2 – 6.5.  We do soil pH testing for our customers at no charge.  We typically have an acidic soil in this region.  If your soil pH is below 6.2 then August is a good month to be adding some fast acting lime to the lawn in order to raise the pH level.
CORE AERATE – We should aerate our soil at least once a year.  Aeration helps to reduce compaction of the soil and loosens the soil to allow oxygen to get into the soil.  I strongly recommend the core aeration versus the spike aeration.  Core aeration is the one that removes soil plugs and deposits them on the lawn surface.  
THATCHING – If needed, I recommend thatching your lawn in August.  Thatching is the raking of the lawn to remove debris and dead grass.  Also, thatching will scratch the soil surface to loosen the top of the soil and allow good soil contact with the grass seed when you do seed your lawn in September.
LAWN SIZE -  Knowing the size of your lawn is a very important piece of information.  Either walk it off or using a 50’ water hose to come up with the dimensions.  You can then take this information and convert into square footage.  You need to know this information in order to buy the proper amount of grass seed and lawn fertilizer.
THESE ARE THE FIRST FIVE STEPS OF LAWN CARE THAT I STRONGLY RECOMMEND IN HAVING DONE PRIOR TO YOU SEEDING AND FERTILIZING IN SEPTEMBER.   BY EARLY TO MID-SEPTEMBER YOU WILL BE READY TO SEED ( OR OVERSEED ) AND APPLY THE FIRST OF THREE APPLICATIONS OF STARTER FERTILIZER TO YOUR LAWN.
 
Posted: 8/26/2015 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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