How to Control the Growth of Nutgrass

nutgrassIf your lawn is heavily infested with nutgrass then it must be a cause of worry for you. It is tough to get rid of it. Nutgrass is an extremely difficult weed to eradicate.

Nutgrass is perennial weedy sedge in the genus Cyperus that is often mistaken for a grass. Also called nutsedge, it is a nuisance in turfgrass when its shiny leaves and fast growth rate disrupts the otherwise uniform texture of a lawn. The invasive nature of nutsedge may cause it to destroy the appearance of a flower bed.

Nutsedge may spread by seed or by underground stems called rhizomes. Each plant is attached to a tuberous bulb-like structure often called a nut or nutlet.

Under optimal conditions, a tuber can give rise to as many as 7,000 new nutlets annually. Somewhat like a potato, each nut has five or more “eyes,” with each eye having the ability to produce a new shoot.  Read the rest of this entry

Pollution Free Green Lawn Caring Practices

lawn careAs the grass greens up the lawn owners who want an eco-friendly yard should focus more on mowing – and less on fertilizing.

“The first step to minimize the environmental impact of your home lawn is to raise the mower’s blade to a height of 3 to 4 inches – usually the highest setting on your mower – and leave the grass clippings on the lawn,” says Marty Petrovic, a turf specialist in the Department of Horticulture at Cornell University.

Taller grass competes better with weeds, and sinks roots deeper into the soil to better withstand mid-summer heat and drought, explains Petrovic. The result: A thicker turf with fewer weeds and less watering. He also suggests keeping your mower’s blades sharp for a clean cut that reduces stress on the grass. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Tips To Prepare Garden and Lawn For Spring

Sprout.There are some extremely important tasks that need to be addressed this gardening season.Start some flowers and other garden plants from seeds weeks before it’s warm enough to transplant them outside. Plants started from seed generally cost far less than you end up paying at the garden store. The timing of planting is really crucial and you must determine when to start plants indoors . Seed packets of those plants which are commonly started indoors usually contain special instructions for when and how to do it.

You can repurpose many would-be throwaway items — including cardboard boxes, toilet paper tubes, newspaper, egg cartons and even half-eggshells — to serve as miniature, biodegradable seedling pots. Some of the most common plants started from seeds indoors include tomatoes, peppers, melons, squash, eggplant and a wide variety of flowers and herbs. If you’re short on sunny window space consider building a simple cold frame in your yard as a place to start seeds up to six weeks before planting season. You can find designs online of how to build cold frames out of inexpensive materials like bales of hay, scrap lumber, plastic sheeting and old windows. Read the rest of this entry

lawn13Pre-emergent herbicides have a tendency to destroy newly germinated weed seeds by attacking the tender shoots and roots before they have an opportunity to develop.

Pre-emergent does not stop seed germination actually. However, it may pose as a potential barrier on the ground. If the seeds do not germinate, they may remain temporarily dormant in the soil and escape the effectiveness of the pre-emergent only to reveal themselves later.

Many of the weeds that plague your lawn throughout the summer germinate in late fall and early spring as soil temperatures rise above 50 degrees.   Read the rest of this entry

December Gardening Tips

Gardeners know that summer with spring and cold, heat and rain require specific gardening care in the moth of December.

If it has rained enough then it would be a wiser step to apply dolomite to roses and give lawns a light application of lime. Roses are quite prone to some frugal diseases and will need a spray with copper oxychloride when the spring flower flush is finished.

In case of tomatoes the overall growth could be limited. You should boost them with Flourish and a handful of blood and bone.

When the heat arrives don’t cut lawns too low, and remember, a deep watering every three or four days is better than just watering the surface each day.

You must have started your Christmas preparations and in the garden you must ensure that the garden beds should have been completed weeks ago but if this hasn’t been done, plant out some instant punnets of annuals in flower. Read the rest of this entry

Lawn grasses pass through different growth cycles related to seasonal day length, temperatures and moisture fluctuations. Our lawns consist of cool-season grasses that grow best under cool spring and fall temperatures when we usually have adequate moisture.

As summer heats up and moisture becomes more limited, these cool-season grasses go through a stress period. Many of the plants that make up a lawn will die over the summer  season,resulting in a natural thinning of the lawn. These will be replaced with new daughter plants during the fall growing season and lawns will increase in density. Read the rest of this entry

How To Get A Green Lawn Without Phosphorus

14 states in the USA have banned, limited or plan to pass laws that phase out use of the greening agent because of the damage it causes to waterways. Mature lawns have enough phosphorus to thrive if properly cared for.

Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York and Wisconsin have imposed limits or bans on fertilizers containing phosphorus and Delaware, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia and Washington are considering legislation. There are ways to get a green lawn without phosphorus. Here’s how:

  • Get a soil test at your local cooperative extension office to determine the nutrient needs of your lawn so you can avoid over-fertilization.
  • Mow your grass high, which reduces storm runoff.
  • Add lime, sulfur, high-calcium limestone, humus or compost if a soil test shows a pH number of less than 7.2, the point at which naturally occurring phosphorus in the soil can’t reach the roots of the grass.
  • Use your mower or riding mower’s mulching mode, which returns phosphorus and other nutrients to the soil and reduces watering needs. Read the rest of this entry
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