I’ve become more convinced lately that the organic fertilizer has a lot to do with our success. Feeding the soil and stimulating the biology really seems to set the table for good seed germination and deep, healthy roots. An active soil, with plenty of space for air and water, makes for grass that doesn’t just grow, it thrives. At one big place we do, the grass is overflowing along the driveway where crab grass used to dominate. A lot of the small lawns in city settings have become pools of green.
I’ve been stunned this spring by the turn around in some of the lawns we care for. Places where I’ve seeded for years were covered with thick, lush grass. One lady said, “Remember when this was all brown. Now we never have crab grass and we don’t even water anymore”.
Another guy, who’s been on the program a couple of years said, “You know, this stuff really works. My wife heard crickets the other night for the first time in years. And we have robins on the front yard again”. Mowing high, improving the soil and seeding certainly help as well. Before some readers choke, however, yes, we still have plenty of challenging lawns and we thank you for the opportunity to succeed.
If you use irrigation, watering deeply and less often is best for the grass. Apply water based on the weather, your soil, shade and the depth of your roots. The best practice is one inch (approximately one hour), once a week. If it gets hot, do it twice. We want to get the water deep down to the roots and not maintain a moist surface that is ideal for weed seed germination. You can use a spade to check the soil moisture once in a while. Mow at 3” or more.
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