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Topic: Landscaping & Garden Care
Posted by John from UT on 2001-03-28 13:33:40
Greener With Less WeedsJohn:
Posted by Holly from WI on 2001-04-12 16:33:38
My brother is a landscaper, but my husband and I are not experts, so we took my brother's advice. He and we keep the grass cut at about 2 1/2 - 3 inches to get a thick plush look and never mow the grass the same direction twice consequtively. We mow horizontly, vertically, then diagonally. As far as green, my brother and we use a mulching mower and Scott's brand lawn system, which includes scheduled feed and de-weeding during certain times of the year. Must keep on Scott's schedule, though, or your efforts are in vain! The former owners of our home stuck with the feeding and weeding schedule and our lawn is still beautiful and is already green during this month of April! If you have animals that tend to burn the lawn, there's not much you can do but rake the burning in the spring and replant the grass with the same grass type. Hope this helped you!
Quoting John: ------------
-Does anyone have any experience with Jerry Baker's Lawn care potions(Beer, Baby shampoo, etc.) I fired the lawn care company so I can do it myself. I would appreciate any tips on greener lawn and fewer weeds.
Lawn careThat stuff is at best pseudoscience and will work for a while if you have enough organic matter in your soil, but the bacteria need more than sugar to properly work and multiply.
Posted by Kimm from 4a/5b MI on 2001-03-29 08:13:46
Depending on what the level of organic matter in your soil is a feeding of compost, mowing high, and proper watering will do more for your lawn than any of those concoctions.
Proper watering is an interesting subject and often results in much discussion. Since 1982 the turfgrass guys at Michigan State have had 3 identical plots going with the only variable being watering. Plot 1 gets 1 inch of water per week (long time recommendation), plot 2 gets watered at 3:00am every morning during the growing season for 20 minutes (current thought for using undergorund sprinklers), and plot 3 gets about 10 minutes of water midday. Which plot looks the best?
LawnFrom all the advice I've received, once a week 1 inch seems to be the winning response. It's hard to train yourself to do that when you have been watering daily for so long. As far as compost is concerned do you recommend anything?. Thanks for your info. As far as the beer is concerned, I'll save it for drinking!!!!.
Posted by John from UT on 2001-03-30 13:02:01
LawnActually the best looking lawn is the one watered every day from noon to about 2:00 pm. Compost or mulch mowing any leaves you may have back into your turf are the best means of getting food to the plants and mowing high, 3 to 4 inches, will shade out most except the most aggressive weeds.
Posted by Kimm from 4a/5b MI on 2001-03-31 06:56:49