Recently, there were two measures approved by voters in Ogunquit, Maine and Mashpee, Massachusetts that sought to address the issue of nitrogen and phosphorus loading in surface waters by eliminating or limiting the fertilization of lawns.
In the autumn, it is inevitable that leaves accumulate on the surfaces of lawns. After all, they don’t call the season Fall for nothing, right?
But at the same time, there are very important tasks that need to be accomplished in order for the lawn to be prepared for winter and further prepared for next season.
I love baseball and don’t get anywhere enough of it during the summer months. I have been able to make the pilgrimage to Fenway Park four times this summer, the last of which was this past Wednesday with a group of my Lawn Dawg colleagues. The defending World Champions and current last place Red Sox put on a demonstration of why, exactly, they are in last place, but that certainly didn’t diminish the enjoyment of being at the ballpark on a perfect September afternoon.
There was a news story published recently in the New York Post that addressed a problem with lawns and a maritime lagoon on Long Island, NY. I make my living caring for turfgrass, and specifically teaching others about the features and benefits of the proper care of lawns. So, it really shouldn’t surprise anyone when I read something that is full of falsehoods that I feel as though I must rise to the defense of my profession.
Here’s the article in its entirety:
Boy, My Lawn Sure Looks Tired…
What if I told you that there was one thing you could do to your lawn that would dramatically improve its performance above anything else? A procedure that is practiced not only in lawn care, but also in sports turf, the golf course industry and for that matter in all of agriculture, that you can do to your lawn this fall?
The Dog (Dawg?) Days of Summer are upon us and we’ll be struggling to keep our lawns looking good until the traditional break in the weather roundabout the last week in August. What are some of the things we can do to help our lawns though this period?
The past couple of weeks have been bone dry in almost every corner of the Lawn Dawg universe resulting in quite a few reports of drought stress on our lawns. Drought stress is the natural response of grass plants to periods when there isn’t sufficient soil moisture to continue growth. The plant realizes that it’s in trouble and shuts down the leaves
Recently in the news there have been reports about a new study that was published in the Bulletin of Insectology on the role of insecticides in Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in honeybees. The study itself can be found here if you’re so inclined to read it: Sub-lethal exposure to neonicotinoids impaired honey bees winterization before proceeding to colony collapse disorder.
Another April has come and gone; this first full month of spring has been a continuation of winter by other means. In the lawn care industry, it has been challenging to say the least.
- Myth: If I do not fertilize my lawn, its better for the environment.
The opposite is true. Proper fertilization practices will create a dense healthy stand of turfgrass which is second only to a forest soil in removing pollutants from the environment before they reach groundwater.
- Myth: If I can’t water my lawn, it’s a waste of time to fertilize.