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Crabgrass starts to appear in mid to late spring,

invading lawns as soon as the soil temperature

begins to warm up. 

 

 

Crabgrass grows best in full sun, so mow the grass

high to help shade the soil and apply a

pre-emergent crabgrass control in early spring to

prevent germination of crabgrass seeds.

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Ask any homeowner what the least favorite part of maintaining a lawn is, and most would answer mowing. Lawn mowing is one of those necessary evils. A weekly chore for which we can find all kinds of excuses not to do. And yet proper lawn mowing is one of the most important factors in maintaining a healthy lawn.

Scalping the lawn

Mowing height and frequency are vitally important for a problem free turf.  It is widely assumed that cutting the grass short will cause it to grow slower. Cutting it too short will restrict its ability to absorb sunshine. This will only cause it to grow even faster until it produces a blade long enough to absorb the sunshine necessary to store energy and remain healthy.

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 Sod that is installed on unprepared ground will develop a

shallow root system and will use increasing amounts of

water.

 

The existing soil should be rototilled 4’ to 6’ deep along

with 4 cu yds of organics per 1,000 sq ft.

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 A cyclone or rotary spreader will apply fertilizer

granules much more evenly and help prevent the

alternating green and yellow stripes so often seen

after fertilizing the grass with a drop spreader. 

 Making a second pass at 90 degrees to the first

application will insure complete coverage.

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 A turf that has been neglected is much more

susceptible to weeds.

 

Growing and maintaining a high quality turf  with

proper mowing, watering, and fertilizing will

 make it much more difficult for weeds to take hold.

 

The best way to control weeds is with a healthy, dense

turf.

 

   

 

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   Where Can I pick up sod?

 

     ScienTurfic sod can be picked up at over 60 locations in

     Metro Denver and along the Front Range, from Castle   

     Rock to Fort Collins.

 

     Download the new ScienTurfic Mobile App and find the

     location nearest you.

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Adding compost to the soil will dramatically

increase it’s ability to hold water. How much water

your lawn needs is directly related to how much

organic matter is in the soil.

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   Roll out new sod in rows, offsetting rows like bricks on a

   house. Place each roll of sod snugly to the next, with no

   gaps showing between the rolls. Trim any overlapping

   ends or sides of rolls with a sod knife to fit borders.

   Begin watering immediately after the new sod is

   installed.


 

 


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Lawn care need not be hard or complicated. It can be as easy as following these 5 simple steps.

#1. Only water the lawn when it needs it.

Take your sprinkler system off the automatic setting and turn it to manual. The biggest way to waste water is to run your sprinkler system on the same setting all season. Grass needs less water during the cool months of Spring and Fall than it does during the hot months of Summer. This results in overwatering the grass during the cool months and under watering it  in the hot months. By setting it to manual, it will only run when it needs to (when you tell it to).

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Why should I aerate my Lawn? 

Core aeration will remove cores or plugs of soil that contain thatch from the lawn, leaving holes in the ground to relieve compaction and increase air and water circulation in the soil.

A lawn that is aerated will absorb more water.

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How often should I fertilize my lawn?

As a general rule we should fertilize four times a year.

A good way to remember is to use four Holidays as a guide.

Fertilize on Easter, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Halloween.

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We humans produce a lot of trash. Our landfills are running out of space. It is estimated that up to 18% of trash hauled to the landfill each year is yard waste, and 75% of it is composed of  grass clippings.  One thousand square feet of lawn area can produce 200 lbs of grass clippings per growing season. That's a lot of trash, not to mention all the plastic bags used to put it in.  We are filling our landfills with material that can be 100% recycled!

Grasscycling is the practice of leaving your grass clippings lie on the grass after mowing. Grass clippings are almost 90% water and are very high in nitrogen. That's a lot of valuable nutrients that could be utilized by the grass instead of being thrown away. Not bagging your grass clippings, and returning them to the soil, is a natural way to fertilize your lawn.

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Posted in Environment By Mark Leonard

We would not live long in a world without oxygen. Our very survival depends on it. The next time you are watching your grass grow, take a moment to consider how valuable it is to our air quality.

Through the process of photosynthesis, plants take in carbon dioxide and water, use sunlight to produce energy and release oxygen, helping to clean the air that we breathe.

Our lawns are incredible oxygen making machines.  A 25 square foot area will supply enough oxygen to support one person for a day.  A turf area 50' x 50' will produce enough oxygen to meet  the daily needs of a family of four.1

The grass along our interstate highways produce enough oxygen to support 22 million people.  Every acre of grass will supply enough oxygen for 64 people a day.2

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Growth of our cities and the inevitable urban sprawl it creates also brings tremendous challenges for municipalities in management of water resources.  Loss of open space to development is creating growing water quality issues as runoff of contaminants from hard surfaces such as roads and parking lots have increased, impacting water quality.

Runoff can be greatly reduced with the establishment of green spaces. Lawns and grassy areas purify water and filter contaminants as they pass through the root zone and into underground aquifers. Microbes in the soil help to breakdown chemicals and contaminants before they reach water supplies. Rain water filtered through lawn areas is often 10 times less acidic than water running off hard surfaces.1

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It is estimated that close to 50% of the water used by homeowners is used to water landscapes, of which a large part is put on our lawns.  It has also been estimated that 20% to 80% of what is used is wasted.  With water resources becoming ever harder to replace as each year goes by it is important that we better manage the water that is used, so that it isn't wasted to begin with.

One place to start on the road to better water management would be with the sprinkler clock that we all rely on to water our lawns. Most homeowners only set their clock once a year when they fire up their systems in the Spring. It just keeps on watering the same every week, every month, regardless of weather or temperature changes. This results in overwatering in the Spring and Fall and under watering in the hot months of Summer.

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The fact is most lawns are overwatered. Our lawns do not need to be watered every day or even every other day.  What we think the grass needs and what the grass really needs are sometimes two very different things. Watering your lawn under water restrictions usually means watering on specified days or watering a set number of days per week. Our lawns will not only survive but do just fine with less water than we think.

Use the following guidelines to water your lawn more efficiently and better manage the water that is available to you.

Water early morning or in the evening

This will keep the moisture in the soil longer and help to lessen water lost due to evaporation.

Don't water when it's windy

Watering when it's windy only insures that you will be watering driveways and sidewalks as much as your lawn.

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In the plant world all things start with the soil. Improving the water holding capacity of the soil is the key to conserving water in the landscape.

The best way to do this is by adding organic matter, such as compost, to the existing soil.  In sandy soil water travels through the soil very quickly. In heavy clay soils water will not penetrate very easily and will tend to run off very quickly.  Both conditions will require watering more frequently. The addition of organic matter will aid in water infiltration and drainage and help hold water in the soil for use by the grass when it needs it.

The percentage of organic matter in the soil will determine it's water holding capacity.


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During times of drought homeowners need to take steps to prepare their lawns to  survive with less water.  The following lawn maintenance practices will help to keep your lawn strong and healthy and better able to survive during extended dry conditions.

Aeration

Improve soil conditions

Many lawns are grown on compacted soil, due to poor soil conditions and everyday foot traffic. Compacted ground is hard ground. It is not very porous and will not absorb water very easily. Aerating your lawn twice a year will allow the soil to absorb more water quicker, and enable water to penetrate deeper into the soil. This will reduce wasteful water runoff and lessen the need for frequent watering.

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Preparation is key to installing new sod in a drought. There will likely be water restrictions and limited establishment periods for watering new sod. Sod is a perishable product and can dehydrate very quickly. It is important to have everything on site ready before the sod arrives.

Optimize growing conditions

The importance of proper soil preparation can not be over emphasized. The ground must be rototilled to a depth of 4" to 6" and organic matter added to the soil. This will allow water and nutrients to penetrate deeper into the soil and aid the root development. Maximizing on-site growing conditions is very important when facing limited watering and short establishment periods.

Be ready to water

Test your sprinkler system for any leaks and broken heads. Be sure all zones are operating and adjusted for coverage. Have hoses and sprinklers ready to water in the new sod.

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A lawn is only as healthy as the ground it is grown upon.  If the underlying soil is unable to absorb and hold water, the grass will always struggle to survive without frequent watering.

The secret to a healthy lawn is aeration.

A majority of lawns are grown on compacted ground. This can be the result of improper soil preparation when the lawn was first installed or simply from the foot traffic a lawn must endure from year to year. Compacted ground is hard ground, not very porous and very difficult to keep wet. The solution is to loosen up the soil so it will hold water more efficiently. We can accomplish this through core aeration.

Aeration allows the lawn to breathe fresh air. Without enough oxygen, plants can not absorb the water and nutrients they need to maintain a healthy state. Compacted soil does not allow water and oxygen to travel through the soil where they can be utilized by the roots of the plant. The result is often sluggish growth, producing a thinner and dryer lawn, and needing more water.

Core aeration, done with a power aeration machine, will remove plugs of grass and soil leaving holes in the ground and helping to increase air and water circulation in the soil. These plugs will deteriorate over time. In areas with clay soils, core aeration should be done twice a year - in the Spring and Fall. In areas with more sandy soils, it should be done once a year. The benefits of aeration are many.

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