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Whats the reason your mowing today

Mow with purpose


A lot of guys I see in my neighborhood they are just mowing there lawn to mow the lawn,if that makes any sense to you.
They are just going through the motions to cut the  grass “oh its cut its done let me go inside and drink some more beer”
That clearly is not the attitude youd want when your cutting the grass as that attitude will not bring you lawn envy.
Don’t go through the motions
These guys probably just had a fight with the wife,just had an argument and need some fresh air so they go outside to mow,not realizing the lawn  does not need to be cut. Maybe they saw there neighbor cutting there lawn and wanted to be cool and went outside cause the neighbor was there.
No not a good look and don’t do it as youll see why this is not good.
You always want to mow with purpose always !!!
Right height
Lets say you were on vacation. For 3 weeks so three weeks you did not mow. So you should be saying to yourself ,I cant have too many clippings on the lawn it will cause thatch .So when…

Fall is the time to get ready for your lawn envy

People want that lawn envy in the spring. That lush dark green thick lawn but, you know what no one wants to do the work in the  fall to achieve it.If you want this lawn you see above in the spring and all year round the truth is the work starts in the fall.
Some people actually put all there power tools away for the summer in the fall as soon as the calendar hits September thats a huge mistake.
It all Starts in August
The truth is the lawn envy  that you want to achieve the hard work starts actually starts in mid august .

Not only that but,those tools you just put away for the summer you really need to go to your garage or shed and take them back out. You also need to run back out to your garden store to purchase some stuff and put it away for future use before it sells out.
Reseed in August
Okay for starters August is the best time to reseed your lawn because of the dropping temperatures and the longer cooler nights.So go outside with your smart phone or tablet and take a picture of your …

Kentucky Blue Grass Fescue mix,or Fescue

Tall Turf Fescue/KBG blend or just FescueIf your not used to or familiar with tall turf fescue by itself .Kentucky blue grass blend ,or just  a fine fescue then youve come to the right place.

     Fine fescue - will be chewings fescue,creeping red fescue,and hard fescue .Of course there are more fine fescues. Sometimes you will find these in a mix at your local store. Fine fescue is great in shade,under trees even pine trees,and great in  sandy and acidic soils. Fine fescue also does not have to be fertilized as much or irrigated as much as Tall Turf Fescue or kbg. Fine Fescue looks great as you see in my lawn above under the pine trees in the shade.

     Fine fescue does has its drawbacks it needs to be reseeded yearly to fill in and get that lush look you saw of my yard. Fine fescue also is not that great with a lot of traffic. Also in full Sun it does not do well. So try not to sow any fine fescue in full sun. I only use it in shady areas and you should too.


    Tall Turf Fescue-has …

The grass is greener on the other side

It is greener on the other side   You know that saying! dont you ???

It does hold some truth. Believe it or not but today during the heat wave we are having, I must have seen close to 50 people cutting there grass in the heat ,in the sun close to 90 to 95 degrees. And tomorrow its supposed to be 95 as the high and im sure I will see more people cutting there grass. I know its weird in a way. You see the thing is cutting your grass in a heat wave or anything close to 90 degrees is the last thing youd want to do.
    Actually you would be doing more harm than good as it would be restricting the grass plants from being able to produce energy to grow.And would turn a  your lawn  a bit spotty and yellowish brown. So the best thing to do is to cut the lawn at night if rain is in the forecast the next day or just wait a week to 10 days until the heat wave is over. My neighbors want that golf putting green lookI do not know what the fascination is with the putting green look but ,both of my neigh…

Grass Cutting

A few tips about what else cutting the grass#1 Keep it high to get that nice lush lawn always remember to wait until your grass is four inch high before you mow your lawn. so it will always be nice and lush like this 

this was actually taken yesterday.
I know its hard to wait until its four inches for some of us if you cant wait then the next trick is to cut twice a week in spring on the highest setting. Then in summer slow down the cutting to just cut once a week or every week and half if theres no rain.

   If your not sure when to cut to keep it high then make sure you dont mow in the summer until your grass looks like this
When your grass is high like this its a good indicator that it is around 4 and half inches high and needs to be cut so use this as your indicator in the summer.

*most lawn mowers have 6 or 5 settings if your lawn mower only has 5 settings then put it up one more notch so its at its highest setting so the blade is at its highest then either cut the lawn twice a week in…

Why wont my new grass grow from seed

Why wont my grass grow?
This is the one question  i get all the time. You did everything right. You did everything you were supposed to in my earlier post here .Then you end up with this after 3 weeks. This happens to the best of us if we dont pay attention to detail and we just do one thing wrong dont panic this can be  fixed and avoided.


Growing grass is one of those things that will not work if you do one thing wrong.Everything has to be perfect.So if you did not take notes you will not know what you did wrong.So maybe you added too much seed,maybe too little,maybe you used the wrong seed for the area,maybe you had too much heavy rain and you had run off,maybe you did not water enough and the seeds dried out,maybe its not the right tempature and the seed will grow when temps warm up.Maybe you put down some fertilizer that had some weed and feed in it by accident before you seeded by mistake,maybe you forgot you put down some crabgrass killer a few days before you seeded.Maybe you h…

How to sow seed for cool season grass

How to plant grass seed
I get this question all the time so i figured id share my expertise on this .The bottom line is nothing will happen unless you prepare the seed bed. I see a lot of people throw seed on the ground and nothing happens and they wonder why! Or they prepare the seed bed then dont cover the seed with soil or add fertilizer or mulch the area you have to do all the steps or else your lawn will look like this after 2 weeks.
Notice how only 60% of the grass seed germinated here? its because someone did not prepare the seed bed correctly so always prepare the seed bed so you wont have to water the grass for another 2 weeks then run out and order more grass seed.
#1 Prepare the seedbed - Remove any debris-leaves-twigs-weeds-bring in top soil if you need it. Work in some peatmoss and or top soil to your soil with garden rake.Aerate.Throw down some starter fertilizer. it really does not matter if you put the seed down first or starter fertilizer as long as you have the fert…

Do your own lawnmower tune up

Always do your own tuneup for your lawnmower. Do not be fooled by the power shops telling you it cost like 150 or 200 to do a tuneup when it will cost 12 dollars or less to do it yourself. All you need is either buy the parts yourself  at a automobile  shop or purchase  a tune up kit for  your lawnmower.
A tuneup just consists of changing oil,spark plug,air filter,add some new oil,add some gas treatment  and sharpen  your mower blade. You could  get a kit for like 12 dollars then sharpen  your mower blade òn your work bench. Make sure to brink your dirty engine oil to your local dept of public works location they will get rid of it for you for free .You just need to have approved  transport  container.
I just did my tune up now as its supposed to be in the 80s this weekend  and i need to make sure i keep up with the Joneses. So yeah do your own tune up and youll have the last laugh at these power shops.You know what  im getting at you pull in there with  your lawn mower the guy co…

Crabgrass

Dealing with crabgrass in your lawn is really simple. The fact is that to have that pristine lawn like everyone else you have to do one of 4 things it does not matter right now that your lawn does not have any crabgrass yet thats the secret!

Just because ,you may have a nice lawn and your saying to yourself my lawn is fine think again.

The people with the nice looking  lawn all year...  they do a lot of work in March ,April and May and the rest of the year as you saw in my month to month plan.

So you will  have to do one of these things depends on your threshold.

#1 put down pre emergents in march  before the crabgrass starts to sprout/or grow on your beautiful lawn that has no crabgrass on it at the moment then apply more in July before it emerges again then again in September

#2Wait to see if you have any crabgrass first  and if you have any just spot treat it in May and late April and June  with either selective or Post emergent Post- emergents are what they say they are they only …

theres a correct way to dormant seed dont let this be you

Dont let this be you 
Make sure when you dormant seed in the fall  either december or Febuary make sure the number one thing is you make sure you prepare the seed bed right first and cover it with salt hay or peat moss or else you will have a mess like this picture


Another thing i see a lot of  errors people make is they dont mulch it with anything when you dormant seed. When you do that it  just creates food for the birds ,the stormy weather washes and blows it away then your left with a mess like this in April when everyone elses lawn is thriving so dont let this be you make sure you sow the seed correctly and prepare the seed bed first before you sow the seed.
Soon i will be adding my methods on how to sow seed the correct way. Im sure you all have your methods
maybe your a landscaper and you do things your way or you have something handed down through  generations . I get all of that. Tell me the reason why you would want 30 different ways of doing something or just one way to do…

How to fix tire tracks in lawn

I know having someone drive on your precious lawn with there pickup can be a eyesore and can also damage your lawn and stop your grass from growing. When you see this your first instinct is to knock the guy out who did it . Anyhow theres a quick fix for it.

The fix is simple get some topsoil and peat moss.Then first aerate inside the tire tracks first to make sure it does not stay compacted from the tire tracks. Then mix topsoil and peat moss put the soil under the grass and then level the area so its level to the other grass thats it. Wait to see if the grass starts to grow about a week if not get some grass seed ,just make sure you match the grass seed with the grass. Thats it so thats your quick fix!

Month to Month plan

For now i will share with you the month to month plan in the following days i will tell you in more detail about each subject in the plan in more detail so you will know what to do and fire your lawn care guy



January while your lawn mower is in garage for winter sharpen your blades and go to your home store and buy 2 or 3 blades and have all four of them sharp ,this way you always have a sharp blade so as soon as it gets dull change it in the season id change it once a month so from may to june june to july aug to sep sep to oct
dont be a fool and use the same dull blade the whole season
so do your self and run to sears or your home store and get a blade for like 20 dollars.
keep  any debris off your lawn. leaves  twigs etc. apply fertilizer
Febuary do any dormant seeding if you did not seed in August. cover the dormant seedings with peat moss keep any debris off lawn.


March keep any debris off lawn at end of march do spring cleanup where you take out any dead leaves with blower o…

Lawn envy

Be The Envy Of Your Block

Hello thanks for reading my blog.In this blog i will be telling you and  teaching you exactly what to do.You will know what to do to be  the envy of your block  with a beautiful lawn but ,also you can fire your landscaper ,your lawn care guy,yes say goodbye to your lawn doctor or tru green. I will be revealing all the secrets to you so you can do the work yourself and save 3000 a year instead of giving it to your landscaper you can use it for something else!  I understand you may not be capable of doing thw work on your own maybe your too old cant lift anything heavy maybe you dont drive anymore maybe you have bad back ,maybe your disabled and your lawn is falling apart. If you answered yes to one of those then you can still have the lawn of your dreams,all you have to do is tell you the secrets i tell you to your son,or daughter cousin or nephew or neice and they will just implement my system.If you still have no family and physically cant do it anymore then…