Have you been good to your lawn or a Scrooge this year? How will Santa’s reindeer rank your lawn, “The best lawn in town” or, “You look like you just don’t care?” Perhaps some lawns in your neighborhood are still green at this time of the year. This would indicate that the homeowner fed their lawn this fall, unlike many lawns that are starting to fade to a light-green-yellow color.
Did you put your Christmas list together yet? Did you ask for all of the lawn products you’ll need to make your lawn great again? Grass seed of great quality is the most important part of your lawn. Your lawn can only be as good as the seed you sow. Great grass seed will pay dividends for many years to come. If it snows you can try “snow-seeding,” apply grass seed after a snow cover, The seed will work its way into the soil with the freezing and thawing action of the soil. You can sow seed in winter even if snow is not on the ground. Grass seed actually likes the cold weather to help it break dormancy. Once warm, spring weather arrives it will germinate filling in bare spots that weeds might invade.
While it is hard to ask Santa for quality soil, you can certainly take the steps necessary to create better soil to grow grass in. Is your soil hard and compacted? If so, you need Love Your Soil. Does it have a soil pH value between 6.2 and 7.0? If not, you need Mag-I-Cal. Did you get a soil test this year? Have you been removing the leaves from the lawn before winter sets in? Santa cannot perform miracles if your soil is poor. Did you fix the drainage problems or address the moss problem on the back part of your lawn in the shade? Maybe you should ask for a new chainsaw so you can get more sunlight to shaded areas of your property so your lawn has a better chance of growing thick and healthy. Many times lawns are not growing thick, green and healthy because of poor soil conditions.
Some of you may get coal in your stocking. Coal will not help out your lawn but if you apply humates to your lawn you will start to create a better soil environment to grow grass. Humates are included in Mag-I Cal. Humates are derived from plant and animal deposits from the ice age. The agricultural and lawn and garden markets use humates to improve soil quality and water holding capacity. If humate deposits are left alone for a few millions more years they will turn into coal and then diamonds, so humates are good!
Maybe you need a new lawn mower and Santa will bring you a big riding tractor? If you are so lucky to get a lawn tractor be sure to ask for some other attachments like an aerator and snow plow! Make sure to keep the blade sharp and alter your mowing patterns so you do not add to compaction problems. Fancy mowing patterns on the lawn look great like the ones you see on TV during Major League baseball games.
Maybe Santa’s elves will bring you some much needed practice golf balls to improve your chipping for next year. You have to have a good lawn to show your neighbors your great swing, watch out for the windows!
Make plans for a great lawn this year; don’t get stuck with coal in your stocking! Perhaps you already have a great lawn. Santa isn’t the only one who deserves some hot cocoa and cookies. Get into your favorite chair near the roaring fire; turn on a holiday movie while you watch the wonders of snow and flickering lights outside in your neighborhood, it’s okay if you fall asleep.