Wednesday, 21 August 2013
Green with Envy...
Whew! You made it! We are on the downhill side of the year. The family has made it through the family vacation with all of its members still alive(which is a feat in and of itself). The footballs are going to be flying through the smoke of BBQ’s in backyards and tailgates throughout the country. Department stores will start putting out elves and Christmas trees anytime now(*sigh*). However, one milestone that should not go by unnoticed is the optimal seeding time of the year.

The green carpet which is often overlooked and stepped on may need some help or even a major overhaul. It is often thought that spring is the best time to seed the lawn because of the warming temperatures and bountiful rainfall but spring is only good for dire situations.

Seeding is best done in the fall for a number of reasons:
The soil temperature is still warm from the summer which encourages faster germination.
The daytime temperatures are getting cooler which is favorable for the cool season Fescue’s growth that is typically planted in the area.
Crabgrass will be dying at the first frost making more room for your good grass to fill in.
Speaking of Crabgrass, seeding or overseeding this fall will make the lawn ready for the first round of crabgrass preventer come early spring rather than having to wait for fear of hurting spring seedings.
The lawn will be able to continue to “harden” up through the winter and come out swinging in the spring.

With all those reasons why wouldn’t you give yourself an early Christmas present and take care of that yard this fall? But don’t wait too long! Seeding season only lasts through the middle of October and fills up quickly. If you don’t get on the schedule this fall then you’ll have to wait until spring which is only second best and you deserve better than that!
Posted on 08/21/2013 9:52 AM by Joe Lyon
Wednesday, 14 August 2013
The fungus Amung Us...
With all the moisture we have been receiving as of late there have been a lot of consequences. Some of those consequences are positive such as my beautiful looking lawn without a drop from my hoses, the amazing growth that I am seeing from my Frontier Elm, and the overall stress reduction for my plants that carried over from last year. However, the rain isn’t all sugar and spice and everything nice. It also brought consequences such as  mosquitos the size of small birds, isolated flooding, and unexpected visitors in the form of fungus.

In my yard it started with white mushroom caps poking their heads above my outrageously long grass and just recently materialized as spots in my yard that have turned black! Is my yard under attack?

The short answer is no, it is normal. There a number of fungi that live is the soils and are just waiting for the right opportunity to make their presence known. The part of the fungus that we see, the white mushroom caps for example, is typically just the fruiting structure and just the tip of the iceberg. There is a massive network of fungus in amongst the soil that is hidden away.

What about the black spots? Oh, yeah. That was slime mold (it sounds a lot worse than it actually is). It oftens rears its head when watering in warm temperatures or even after heavy rains. It doesn’t harm my turf but it can shade out the leaf and cause yellowing.

So if you have new visitors in your lawn you don’t need to panic or start calling the national guard just yet. Try to avoid making problems worse by adding more fuel to the fire(or in this case water) and let things dry out a little. Soon enough the fungus will dry up and go back to its hibernation until the next round of heavy rains and warm temperatures. But maybe next time it won’t be as big of a surprise.
Posted on 08/14/2013 10:13 AM by Joe Lyon
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