The Super Bowl is held in early February. Who will win the Super Bowl? The Eagles (I hope!), the Patriots, Da’ Bears? Even if your team does not make the Super Bowl, will your lawn have what it takes to have a winning season?
Have you ever traveled to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania in early February, home of the world famous ground hog Punxsutawney Phil? The legend goes like this, in early February the Punxsutawney Ground Hog Club meets at Gobbler’s Knob around 7:30 AM. Punxsutawney Phil is supposed to emerge from his burrow. When he emerges and sees his shadow he will be frightened by it and return to his burrow indicating that there will be 6 more weeks of winter. If he does not see his shadow, then spring is on the way. Do you want to rely on old traditions to obtain a great lawn or modern day thoughts?
The real calendar spring starts on March 20th so you still have a little time before you need to get your spreader out. What will you do differently this year to achieve a better lawn? Don’t let your past mistakes affect your future; define your present and future. Even Albert Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting the same results.” Did you notice some of your neighbors have a better looking lawn than you? Did you ever ask them what they did to their lawn in the past that you are not doing?
Was crabgrass a bigger problem than usual last year? If so, it’s probably because of the delayed spring weather and excessive rainfall that leached early pre-emergent application controls rendering them somewhat useless. Consider delaying applications until the soil temperature is ~50 degrees; remember I said soil temperatures not air temperature. Apply Green-Up with Crabgrass Preventer later in spring to extend the length of control into summer months. Did you take a soil test to see if you have any deficiencies? We’ve talked about this many times, if you never have, there’s no better time than now while the soil laboratories are quiet. Your soil quality is the life blood of growing a successful lawn. Do you have a low pH value? Perhaps that is why you are having trouble growing a good lawn and weeds are winning the battle? Be sure to address these problems with a plan, apply Mag-I-Cal in the spring if your soil pH level is below 6.2.
When you rake up your yard of debris each spring it’s not uncommon to find some winter damage to your lawn. Have you been using “bargain brand” grass seed mixtures? They’re called “bargain brands” because of their price, but with that reduced price come reduced results! Do you look for a bargain brand car or a quality car? Use quality grass seed mixtures designed for the region you live in and its environmental conditions.
With all of the rain last year, consider using Organic Lawn Food this year on your lawn. It contains a high level of water insoluble nitrogen and feed the lawn gently and slowly. By using Organic Lawn Food you can help reduce fertilizer run-off that releases quickly and is not absorbed by the grass plants. Organic lawn care costs more than traditional fertilizers but maybe it’s time for you to try this new method of lawn care.
Is your spreader old and tired? If you have noticed some burning or spots and streaks in your lawn it’s time for a new spreader. Do you need a pH tester, rainfall gauge or soil thermometer? These are the tools that it takes to have a winning lawn this year. I hope your favorite team wins the Super Bowl and that there are no ground hogs ruining your lawn, happy spring!