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.
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!