What’s going to be new with your lawn program this year? Sometimes fixing your lawn is not so easy. Perhaps you need some hybrid grasses with roots that can grow up to four feet deep such as Black Beauty Ultra? If you have not re-seeded your lawn in 5+ years your lawn needs some improved grass varieties, like my friend Paul says, “a dose of penicillin” to help your lawn out. This is like getting a blood transfusion, bringing new life to your tired lawn. Seed some of the new turf-type tall fescues into your lawn this spring, it may be the best thing you ever did for your lawn. I have heard many success stories from proud homeowners about how happy they are since they renovated and re-seeded their lawn this past fall, they send in gorgeous pictures of their lawns. Just like a new, improved, hybrid car drives better than your car with 100,000+ miles; your new lawn will “wow” both you and your neighbors.
Did you only fertilize your lawn once or twice last year? During the growing season from spring through fall your lawn will perform best when feed three to four times. Did you have crabgrass last summer? If so, apply Green-Up with Crabgrass Preventer in spring. If you do not like dandelions on your lawn, Green-Up Weed & Feed in late spring when broadleaf weeds are actively growing. Early summer is a good time to consider mixing it up and applying slow-release Organic Lawn Food. How many of you did not apply any fertilizer last fall? Fall is the best time to rejuvenate your lawn with Winter Survival to grow strong roots and fill in bare spots after summer damage.
Feeding your lawn is important, but what about feeding the soil? How can you grow a great lawn without some great soil? All plants need the correct soil conditions to thrive whether you are growing grass, tomatoes or blueberries. Soil pH needs to be between 6.2 to 7.0 to grow a thick and healthy lawn. Buy a soil test kit at your local lawn and garden or hardware store or contact your local county extension office for a soil test kit. Make adjustments to soil pH using Mag-I-Cal for Acidic Soil to raise soil pH and Mag-I-Cal for Alkaline Soil to lower soil pH values.
Right now your lawn is probably hard as a rock, possibly frozen. What if you lawn stays that way this spring because you have compacted soil? Could you grow tomatoes or flowers very well in the same hard soil you have on your lawn? No, you need to perhaps aerate your lawn and apply Love Your Soil to “loosen” the soil. Using organic lawn products over time will also help to build up soil quality by stimulating microbial activity and improve water holding capacity during times of drought. Grass roots need loosened soil, water, air and nutrients availability to thrive.
Each year we make New Year’s resolutions and many of us forget or drop most of them in the first months of the year. Make this year your best lawn ever, do something different with your lawn this year, like changing your lifestyle for a healthier