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Outsider Newsletter 2019-1

LAWN MAINTENANCE

 

PROPER MOWING TECHNIQUES

The number one weed control practice is weekly mowing.  

This keeps those unwanted weeds from maturing and

flowering.  The second most important mowing practice is

mowing at the proper height.  

Northeast Indiana lawns are mostly covered with cool-season grass (turfgrass that thrives when temperatures are between 68-80 degrees).  Cool-season grasses should be mowed between 2 3/4 to 3 1/4 inches.  The third most important mowing practice is making sure your mower cut is level from blade to blade and stripe to stripe!

 

AERATING AND OVER SEEDING YOUR LAWN

Aerating your lawn allows air & water to be used by grass roots quicker, it also alleviates soil compaction by removing 'plugs' or 'cores' from your lawn.                                                      

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aerating should occur at least once a season, spring or fall.  Since the ground has been opened up from aerating, it is a great time to over seed your lawn.  Over seeding, is simply the process of broadcasting grass seed across your lawn.  The seeds will fall into the holes produced by the aerator and eventually germinate thus creating a fuller, thicker lawn!  We love aeration!

 

ROLLING YOUR LAWN

To roll or not to roll?  We are not big supporters of lawn rolling because it causes soil compaction that leads to turf stress.  We recommend only rolling once a year in the spring to level out frost heaving or mole tunnels if necessary.  If these natural turf atrocities are not present in your lawn, then we would not worry about rolling it.  Keep air in your soil, keep your soil soft and say no to soil compaction!  

 

DETHATCHING YOUR LAWN

Dethatching is the process of removing left over grass clippings

from the surface of the soil and should be performed once

every two years.  We dethatch so water and nutrients can

freely find their way to the soil unobstructed by a buildup of

leftover mower clippings.

 

LAWN REPAIRS

When turf damage has been too severe (grubs, snowplows, construction, etc.) then repairs will be necessary.  We recommend re-seeding in the Spring or Fall because lower temperatures and consistent rain benefit germination greatly.  Repairs can be made in the summer months as long as the repair is thoroughly watered daily.

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