Monday, November 12, 2012
After the war the housing boom started and the American dream of a white picket fence and green lawn gained popularity. Nothing beats the feel of green grass under your feet and a picnic in the yard with the kids. Now there can be no debate about it; you need to vote for a new lawn. There will be no tolerance for a lawn without a balanced budget (pH) or deficit of applications! This is one thing all parties can agree on; let’s grow a new American lawn!
This year we spoke with many homeowners at various stores around the country about their lawn problems. Most of them are baffled about their lawn. Why did I get so much crabgrass? I applied controls this spring. Why did my grass seed not grow, it’s been three weeks? Why do I always get weeds when I sow grass seed? I applied weed control and it did not kill my crabgrass, why? The average homeowner spends too much time fighting weeds, insects and disease in the lawn.
Hopefully since you have been an avid reader of our blog you should know the answers to many of these concerns. After reviewing many situations the main reason we find that we do not see lawns flourishing is due to problems with the soil. Weeds, insects and fungus are, in many cases, symptoms of poor soil management. Give your lawn the proper soil environment and you will create your own healthy, attractive lawn that you can be proud of and will benefit the environment. We call this concept The New American Lawn.
Could your soil problems stem from road salts and ice melt for snow removal, or dog spots along the curb? What about heat buildup from the driveway causing crabgrass and weed growth? When was the last time you added some good top soil to these difficult to grow areas? Have you ever applied Mag-I-Cal Calcium Fertilizer to adjust soil pH? Is the soil you are trying to grow grass on as good as the soil in your tomato garden? Of course not!
You need to take control of your lawn situation. First of all, you need to use genetically superior lawn grasses like Jonathan Green grass seed. Your lawn can only be as good as the grass seed you sow. You do not need to apply turf chemicals year after year. It is alright to use a combination of both organic and traditional fertilizers. In early spring during cooler temperatures it is sometimes better to use a traditional fertilizer like Jonathan Green Green-Up to do just what the names says it will green-up the lawn. Organic fertilizers need some moisture and warmer temperatures to break down the nitrogen to start feeding the lawn so they work best when applied from last spring through fall.
One of the big problems this year was a major crabgrass infestation during the summer months. This varies from lawn to lawn based on prior year’s crabgrass levels, timing of applications for crabgrass preventers, the excessive spring rains and the hot, dry summer weather promoting crabgrass growth. We would suggest that first thing you should do in the early spring is to rake your lawn of debris, apply Mag-I-Cal, re-seed bare spot areas and apply a traditional lawn fertilizer like Green-Up on your lawn to green-up the grass from its long winters nap. Then in the late spring after the new grass seed has established apply Jonathan Green Crabgrass Preventer plus Green-Up if needed to extend the control into summer months. Remember, crabgrass does not grow in shaded areas so perhaps you do not need to spread it over your whole yard.
Try some organic lawn fertilizer on your lawn in early summer like Jonathan Green Natural Beauty or Organic Lawn Fertilizer which will promote a steady growth and greening of the grass. These will also help to build up your lawn soil quality and reduce watering needs. Organic fertilizers are good for your lawn and good for the environment.
Now those are good ideas that will help balance your lawn budget! Fly the red, white and blue on your New American Lawn!Back