- 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.
As we look at our calendar and see that it says its spring, it sure doesn’t look that way outside, does it? After a long, cold winter, it seems as though it will never warm up and we’ll be looking at bare trees and brown lawns forever. Naturally, that isn’t the case – by the time the Fourth of July comes along we’re about in the same place horticulturally every year. It’s the intervening three months that make the professional lawn care business interesting.
Assuming that winter releases its death grip on us some time soon, we will begin taking notice of what’s been hiding underneath all that snow. Let’s take a look at some of the more common problems:
Hey! How Come My Neighbor’s Lawn Is Already Green?
Driving home this morning, my lovely bride happened to take notice of a bright green patch of turfgrass on our next-door neighbor’s lawn. “Why is Steve’s lawn so green? Our lawn isn’t that green?” Sigh… I even get it at home!
The question of pet safety when it comes to pesticide use is a subject that can be raw and emotional – we all love our pets and would never knowingly do anything to harm them. Making sure that everything we use around the house is safe for them is a completely legitimate question; unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there from people who have an agenda against any use of pesticides.
When people find out what I do for a living, somewhere in the conversation they will invariably ask what we do all winter long. After all, there is no grass to fertilize. While it is true that for a couple of weeks the branch offices are quiet, that’s due to the fact that the management staff has accrued vacation time and December is when they wind up taking quite a bit of it.
A word from God drives on the north wind.
He scatters frost like so much salt;
It shines like blossoms on the thornbush.
Cold northern blasts he sends that turn the pond to lumps of ice.
He freezes over every body of water,
And clothes each pool with a coat of mail.
He sprinkles the snow like fluttering birds.
Its shining whiteness blinds the eyes,
As I look out my office window, my lawn has taken the final turn towards the dreaded brown that I will be looking at until April. Usually, it stays reasonably green right up until Christmas but this year it has gone off color early. Oh, well…
What are we looking at when the lawns turn color, and why do some go brown earlier than others and some seemingly not at all?
I have just returned to my desk after having dispatched my leaves into the woods for the year – I hope. My two neighbors across the street are both uphill of my house and to the west of me. Whatever leaves land on their lawn eventually make their way to my lawn, so I am not in a hurry to clean them up.
We have already had a mild frost in some of the colder valleys of our service area and a killing frost is certainly not far behind.