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dormant seeding preparation should start now

Make sure to start your dormant seeding preparation now


You know the secret to getting that beautiful lawn is dormant seeding in the winter when the lawn goes dormant and the ground is frozen. Just one thing you still have to make soil to soil contact so the secret is to go around your house now and work the soil now where its bare.
Yes now in November before the ground gets frozen work in the soil rough it up a bt and fill in any soil if you need to. Also now is also a good time to buy your compost before it sells out. Remember you have to do these things before the grounds gets frozen when the ground is frozen you wont be able to work in the soil. You also wont be able to cover up or mulch your new seed with compost if you wait until  January to buy your compost. So go out and buy your compost now.

I will be posting some before pictures as i will be doing some dormant seeding myself so check back to see them next month. Post some of your pictures aswell as id love to see them

Random lawn and garden tips

Random Lawn TipsHey guys I wanted to create a page devoted to random lawn tips whenever something popped into my head so this page will be devoted to random lawn tips not on any other page of my blog already. Growing grass under pine trees
The secret to growing grass under pine trees is to make sure you are fertilizing and watering but,also you have to be using the best shade grass you can find. The other thing a lot of people overlook is they forget or never rake the pine needles as leaving the pine needles will affect and restrict any growth of any shade grass so make sure you rake the pine needles.
The best no mow grassWhen your in need of a no mow grass look no further than Creeping Red Fescue. In my opinion it is the best fine fescue grass for shade and to just fill an area or renovate a area that needs some green. I just renovated this small area near some tree trunks where there was no grass there before. But creeping red fescue will grow anywhere even in the most acidic soils. An…

my Titan Rx turf type tall fescue renovation

My titan rx journey
Hello everyone like most of us we all have to do some renovating every now and then .It can be some aggressive weeds taking over your lawn. Or just a bad variety of grass in your lawn you have to remove and start over.
In my case I had both the previous owner did not really take care of his lawn so the variety of fescue he has was an older one not so disease persistent ,lots of aggressive weeds,crabgrass and other grassy weeds that were very annoying. I just wanted a nice lush,dark green lawn to be there for years to come that out kids could play on.
Its on film
So back in July I started the renovation and luckily for you I filmed it all except for the rototilling and the before picture. Yes my mistake I wish I had filmed the before picture so you would have seen how bad it was anyhow I will next time.
So like I said I have been filming this since July and will upload the whole video by the middle of October so you can see my journey with the variety of turf type tall …

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…