This week's email tip is more accurately a GardenLine Blog! Don't get too excited. I've had a few people suggest that I do a blog, but I still am leaning towards the specific-topic, full-fledged tip each week. We'll see how this one goes and then make some bloggy decisions in the weeks to come.
Today, I hope to convince you to do a few things that I have done and/or that are on the schedule of tips we've already conquered, by telling you everything that I have done in my landscape since this weekend's radio shows. All this was done in just two days. It would have been one day, had I done the core aeration myself, and if we didn't have a 10-week old baby.
1. Aerated The Lawn - Southwest Fertilizer did the aeration with that new DryJect. See last week's tip sheet All About Aeration for all the details.
2. Raked Up The Dead or Matted Grass - Despite having a somewhat healthy lawn, I still had some areas damaged by Brownpatch, and that is where the grass is brown and matted.
3. Put Down My 15-5-10 - I used Nitro Phos Imperial and watered in immediately, because I do as I preach and follow my schedule.
4. Spot Treated Broadleaf Weeds - I used Fertilome Weed Free Zone because I had it, along with Bonide Turbo, which is a surfactant. Here are the two recent tips sheets that encompass both topics:
By the way, despite using pre-emergence herbicides back in November, yes, I still had a few weeds pop up; nothing that you would notice from the street, but enough for me to spot treat with a 99 cent trigger sprayer, made with appropriate Post Emergent Herbicides.
5. Put Down Barricade Pre Emergent Herbicide - Just following my own schedule.
6. Pruned back Anything with Freeze Damage (Plumbago, Ginger, Hibiscus, Dwarf Pygmy Date Palms, Katy Ruellia).
7. I removed any remnant of Purple Fountain Grass -- Why? 1. Because they were overtly freeze-damaged. I had pruned them back only days before the Valentine Freeze, so they didn't look like they were going to make it. 2. I really want to plant Muhly Grasses or Lemongrass (Coincidence, hmm???) as my choice of landscape grasses this year.
8. By the time you read this, I should be scalping my yard a bit too. It's scheduled for this Thursday. When they scalp (lower the cutting deck about ½ inch lower than normal) they will also bag the grass clippings at this time of the year per my request. While I'll probably only have them bag once more, the rest of the spring and summer my lawn guys at Cypress Lawn & Landscape, will "Mulch Mow" my grass.
So, what do you interpret from all these doings on Randy Lemmon's property? I simply hope you'll take away the simple fact that if I can do all this in a couple of days, you can to. And, it was a very fun way, for me, to remind you what all the things that need to be done at this time of the year.
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