lawn care, soil test, lawn and garden

Lawn Competition with the Neighbor

Do you have the best lawn in your neighborhood? Is it competition time with the neighbor?

Does the neighbor always cut his lawn shorter than yours.

Is his/her lawn greener than yours. Let the competition begin.

Mowing Grass

Are you keeping up with the mowing. Now is the right time when that grass is growing crazy with the warm temperatures and high humidity.I see a number of people going green with their mowing. The price is finally coming down on these type of hand-driven mowers.  Haven’t made the switch just yet.

Watering the Lawn

My experience with watering the lawn has showed me a few things. I have found the best results when I water 2 -to-3 times a week and I set my sprinkler system for 30 minutes on each section.  This may seem long, but it gives the lawn a chance to soak it in and as a result, I water fewer days.  Also, I have found mornings work best for watering. Early to mid-morning works very well.

Fertilizing Lawn

Organic or normal – Always a good time for an application before it gets too hot. Also, if you have a pet, you might begin to see some darker green spots, (higher nitrogen)  Taking a soil test, or better yet a lawn and garden test is a great way to see how conditions are coming.  The lawn and garden test is a comprehensive test which provides people with information specific to their lawn care needs and issues with areas that are not doing as well.

Grub Control for Lawns

I am starting to see the start of a few brown patches.  Also, you might start to see a few little white grubs if you take a spade and dig down about 6 inches. It never hurts to keep an eye out for these little white critters. Its a good time to start thinking about grub control. Apply something on those eggs before they multiply and grow in August and September.

Final Note on Lawn Care

Take a little time to check on your lawn and if you need a little comfort check out this lawn parody to the song, ” I fought the Law..” .

Lawn Song

This one goes out to all the people who have trouble in getting the perfect lawn.
The grass kept growing in the hot sun
I fought the lawn and the lawn won
I fought the lawn and the lawn won

I spread fertilizer about six times
I fought the lawn and the lawn won
I fought the lawn and the lawn won

The weeds started sprouting in a marathon
I pulled them one by one
I sprayed 50 gallons of Weed-B-Gone
I fought the lawn and the lawn won
I fought the lawn and the lawn won

I killed the whole yard in a defeat
I fought the lawn and the lawn won
I fought the lawn and the lawn won

I paved it over with concrete
I fought the lawn and the lawn won
I fought the lawn and the lawn won

A green, thick lawn like my neighbor has
I always wanted one
But all I got was a pain in the grass
I fought the lawn and the lawn won
I fought the lawn and the lawn won

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