BY DOUG WASHBURN, AGRONOTEC SEED CO.
If one looked up the history of lawns it would lead back to England where it was invented to declare ones territory and sent a message to others to stay away/off.
Today that same message is being sent. For several it is competition in the neighborhood. Who has the best lawn often times sends a message of character. So how does one get the best lawn?
As I observe the “industry” of lawn care in Utah I observe entrapment. It starts with a knock on the door in March to have your lawn aerified and ends with a winterization fertilization in October. People don’t understand how they are being lead down the “money” brick road. What does the grass plant really need?
It needs air, water, sunlight, and nutrition. Aerification will aide in the air area, monitored water is important, full/partial sun works, and nutrition…well, 2-3 lbs of nitrogen/year is adequate. Our soils are usually adequate enough with all the nutrition. It is kinda funny that if the plant needed as much fertilizer as we give it don’t you think it would have developed a way to get it before men fell in love with it like alfalfa, clover, etc get it by getting it out of the air via nodules on the roots? So, why do we fertilize? For color. Why doesn’t the lawn have deep green color? Because it is old. Most lawns are made up of old varieties that are light green in color. We want dark green. So, how do you get dark green lawn? Seedilize your lawn.
Earlier I talked about aerification . That is the process of putting holes in the ground to aide water and air penetration. What happens in that process? You take a “dense” lawn and make it less dense and susceptible to weed infestation. In April secondary water is used to irrigate with which has weed seeds in it. They get established in this less dense environment and the next call is to the weed killer guy. So what should be done? After aerifying the lawn broadcast some seed over your lawn. Rake it into the holes and keep the lawn moist for a couple weeks. Walla young new dark green sprouts of grass get established. So what have you done in one step?
You have increased the density of your lawn which will compete better against weeds, you have increased the dark green color of the lawn which will green up sooner next spring, you have increased the bug résistance of the environment, increased salt tolerance, decreased water requirement, increase wear tolerance, and reduced weed infestation. You know if you never mowed your lawn it would do all of this naturally?
So, what should you be doing for your lawn this fall? Aerify, fertilize, and seedilize. If you want to watch some videos on this go to agoodlawn.com.
Most have a senior citizen lawn… inject some young plants in your lawn and get some youthfulness back into it.
Doug enjoys helping people create a great lawn, which helps cool the environment, filter the air and provides a safe recreational environment for families and businesses. Do you have a need for seed? Contact Doug at 801-876-3690.