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The grass is always greener

By: Heather Gunnerson, Spencer’s Market
April 10, 2017 Updated: April 10, 2017 at 3:55 pm
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We all want our lawns to be the greenest, healthiest, thickest lawn around. Many people think that it’s time consuming, expensive and requires a professional. However, with some basic information and a little bit of effort, you can have the best lawn on the block. Spring lawn care is the foundation for growing the greenest, healthiest lawn.

 

Most lawns in our area consist of bluegrass, ryegrass, fescue or a combination. These grasses sometimes get a bad reputation because people see them as hard to care for with high water requirements. Not true! These cool season grasses tolerate sun, drought, insect damage, disease and adapt easily to our various soil conditions.

 

Because of the clay soils in our area, aeration is necessary for good lawn care. It gives soil room to expand, stimulates root growth, reduces root stress, prevents water run-off and controls thatch. Leave the plugs on the lawn because they are a great source of nutrition.

 

Many of us use a mulching mower or leave grass clippings on the lawn. While this is a good practice, thatch will eventually build-up, preventing water and fertilizer from reaching the roots. Use a humate product that is easily applied using your lawn fertilizer spreader. This decomposes the grass clippings and helps return natural nutrients to the lawn.

 

The next step is to use a good spring lawn fertilizer containing a pre-emergent. This will fertilize while keeping pesky broadleaf weeds and irritating nuisance grasses at bay.

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