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GARDEN TALK with DOUG - Summer Lawn Care

The cool, wet spring weather this year has our lawns looking their best in years.  But, it is now June and we are nearing the “dog days of summer”.  Our summer months are usually hot with long periods of dryness.  So, what can we do to keep our lawns looking their best this summer?  Here are some summer lawn care information and tips:


1.      Invest in a soil test

A complete soil analysis will determine which nutrients are available in the soil what you may need to change.  Gather a small amount of soil from different areas of your lawn.  You can obtain a soil test kit from your local county agricultural extension service – in Chesterfield County you can obtain the soil test kit at the county libraries.  This small, upfront investment can save you hundreds of dollars in unnecessary purchases in fertilizers or lime – not to mention doing your part to help protect our environment from the over use of chemicals.


2.      Mowing

Raise the height of your mower to 4”.  Allowing longer blades of grass will help shade the ground more and keep your soil moist longer.


3.      Grass Clippings

Let the clippings fall where they may!  Recycle the clippings back to the lawn.  Clippings add back nitrogen to your lawn naturally.  Again, here is another money saving tip and doing your part to help protect our environment from the over use of fertilizers.


4.      Watering

Give your lawn 1” of watering a week.  Whether you have an irrigation system or use a portable sprinkler, you can measure an inch of water by placing a small, straight-sided can (like a tuna can) in the lawn.  Once the can has an inch of water you can stop watering.  If Mother Nature gives us our inch of rain then we can turn off the irrigation system for the week.


Be sure to water early in the morning to reduce evaporation.  These practices will allow you to be water wise and save on the water bill.


5.      Fertilizing

If your soil test suggests a fertilizing or you feel your lawn needs a boost, then use an organic lawn food in the summer.  Milorganite is an excellent choice for an organic lawn food.  Milorganite is a natural, organic lawn food that contains iron.  This summer feeding will help keep your fescue lawn green and growing.


6.      Do not spray lawns with a weed killer when temperatures are above 86 degrees.


7.  Put down a grub control in August

Putting down a grub control in august is your first step in control of grubs before they go down deep in the soil for the winter (don’t forget to do a second application in February).



8.       Weed Control                                                                                                                   Apply Greenlight Portrait weed control in early to mid-August.  Portrait is a granular herbicide that interferes with the germination of many winter broadleaf weeds such as chickweed, henbit, and other nuisance weeds.  Grass seeding can be done 45 days after applying Portrait.  A second application of Portrait in February will continue the broad leaf weed control.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Take care of your lawn this summer and get ready for September to begin the S. O. D. lawn care program.                                                           





Posted: 6/5/2013 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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