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Monday, August 20, 2012

A Lawn’s Blueprint

As we near the end of August, most of us are squeezing every bit of summer out of the next few weeks. Soaking up the last tidbits of summer juice, most of us subconsciously start to feel the effects of less daylight. But like most things in life, there’s an upside to everything, including those shorter days.

This is a friendly reminder for all the green grass lovers out there. The beginning of September to the middle of October is the ideal time to seed a lawn. Cool, moist growing conditions and reduced warm season weed competition make fall a perfect time to revitalize your lawn area. If you hit the timing right, it is amazing how fast a newly seeded lawn can take off with minimal effort.

A few things to remember as you charge ahead. Use a starter fertilizer. Don’t forget the pelletized lime; an often overlooked but necessary item. Most important – use the best quality seed-mix. We strongly recommend the latest, improved varieties of tall fescues and rye grass with little to no bluegrass. Fescues and ryes require a third less fertilizer and water than most bluegrasses. Remember, your largest water and fertilizer consumption is your lawn. Being conscious of what you plant and when you plant it can be one your best green steps forward.

This is also a perfect time to reseed some of those cooler weather veggies. Lettuce is an easy one so no excuses. Put some fresh greens in the salad bowl, too! As the motivational author, Robert Collier once said, “Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blue print, and begin to build.”

Images by Ann Bilowz

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

It is almost time to harvest those beautiful veggies. I can tell that you have a great understanding of gardening by the way you talk about your experiences. The photo of the lettuce sends me right back to my childhood, where I helped my mother and father in the garden. My peppers that need some protection from hornworms. Any suggestions? There is a good amount of leaf cleanup that needs to be done after my harvest so I can start my next grow with a clean garden. Thank you for sharing your experiences and information. Keep up the great work!

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