Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Absolutely nothing! Its cold, snow is probably on the ground, everyone is enjoying the Super Bowl, at least the partying part! However, remember last summer’s drought and heat wave, what if that happens again this summer? Early in the year we make resolutions like eating healthier, lose weight and stop smoking. What will your resolutions be for your lawn?
Did you sharpen your mower blade last year? Have you ever sharpened it? Winter months are a good time to get your mower in the best shape for the spring. What about changing the oil, cleaning the housing, greasing the wheels? Don’t wait until you take the mower out of the shed to sharpen the blade, it will never happen. Be careful to unplug your spark plug before doing any work on your mower or visit a professional lawn mower service center. A dull mower blade will make your lawn look frazzled; shredding the leaves and weakening the grass plant making it more prone to fungus and insect attacks.
When is the last time you tested your soil? Never? Shame on you, how can you maintain your lawn without knowing what the soil needs to grow grass properly? The soil is the lifeblood for all plants to grow, just like a blood test is the doctor’s guide to your health. Take the time to send 1, 2 or 3 samples to your local extension service for testing; they have test kits, which generally cost between $10-20. Test the front yard, back yard and any areas that seem to have trouble growing grass. These test results will help guide you to grow better turf grass this year. Soil testing laboratories appreciate you sending in your samples during winter months when they are quiet avoiding the spring rush.
Do I need to apply grass seed? Do I need Jonathan Green Dense Shade grass seed or Heavy Traffic grass seed, am I over-seeding sod? You work hard on your lawn, be sure to invest in the very best quality grass seed, it may make the difference in your lawn’s chance of survival next summer. Avoid using mixtures that contain Annual Ryegrass unless you are seeding temporary erosion control areas. If you are looking for the best lawn in town be sure to use Jonathan Green grass seed products. Jonathan Green has a wide array of mixtures to fit any lawn situation from heavily shaded areas to dry, parched areas.
Plan your lawn care program now. What should I apply first? Your first application would depend on if you have had a recurring problem with crabgrass in your lawn. If so, apply Jonathan Green Crabgrass Preventer plus Green-Up Lawn Fertilizer to green-up the lawn and prevent future growth of crabgrass. Remember, crabgrass only grows in sunny areas, so you do not need to apply it to shaded areas of your lawn. If you apply grass seed this spring and want to control crabgrass, be sure to apply Jonathan Green Crabgrass Preventer plus New Seeding Lawn Fertilizer. This product allows the new seedlings to emerge without harm. If crabgrass is not an issue and you are seeding, apply Jonathan Green New Seeding Lawn Fertilizer. If you are not seeding, apply Jonathan Green Green-Up Lawn Fertilizer that will green-up the lawn, waking it up from its long winters nap! Be aware of local ordinance requirements concerning fertilizers. They may limit or prohibit fertilizer applications before March 1st or even later.
If you want to do something during winter months try frost seeding. Apply Jonathan Green grass seed over the exposed soil or snow so the freezing and thawing of the soil works the seed into the ground. The seed will germinate when it gets warmer in the spring, provided it does not wash away or birds do not eat it. And just remember spring will be here before you know it!Back