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Follow these steps to get your lawn off to a great start next spring.
- Lower the mowing height. For the last mowing of the year (try and do it before the snow falls) lower the mower to remove enough leaf blade to discourage the grass to lay over on itself. Long grass that over-winters creates the perfect conditions for snow mold which causes round brown patches in the lawn.
- Rake up leaves. When snow covers leaves and other debris that is left on the lawn, the grass can die out or at least grow snow mold. A clean lawn will over-winter better than a clutter filled lawn.
- Get the Winterizer Fertilizer. Turf grass will increase the root system to allow storage of nutrients. Fertilizing in October through November with a Winterizer Fertilizer will encourage the root growth and store the nutrients to be used next spring.
- Drain the sprinkler pipes. Frozen sprinklers and pipes almost always results in the need to dig up the lawn for repairs. Use an air compressor to blow the water out.
- Mow or hand-pull weeds before a treatment. Weed products work by entering the leaves. When the lawn is mowed, there are fewer, if any, weed leaves to capture the product.
- Watering too soon after an application. Allowing the weed-control product to stay on the plants for 12 to 24 hours gives the product sufficient time to get into the weed. Early irrigation can wash the product off before being absorbed.
- Mowing too soon after a treatment. Getting the product absorbed into the leaf is the first step. The second step is allowing time to travel to the roots. Mowing too soon can prevent the product from completely killing the weed. The weed responds by sending up more leaves! Waiting two days is preferred.
- Obliterating the edges of the lawn with a string trimmer. A beveled edge allows the summer weeds to grow by destroying the preemergent layer and offering no competition from the lawn. Use a straight blade edger instead.
With the dry winter we have had this year many of us are concerned about the availability of water. Conserving the water we have is the first step in being sure that water will be available. Beginning in 2015, Moore Green will increase the concentration of their lawn care products allowing them to use less water.
Blake Moore, owner of Moore Green, states, “We can reduce our water use by 30% which equates into saving around 30,000 gallons this coming year. Customers will continue to get the same amount of fertilizers and weed controls however it will go out with less water.” A lawn that took fifteen gallons in previous years will now only take ten gallons and the lawns will continue to look beautifully green and lush.