MSU posted an article explaining the dead patches that are in lawns everywhere right now.
What a difference a year makes. Remember the hot March of ’12? At this point last year we had fertilized 11,548,870 sq ft more than we have this year, and we did it with 25% fewer technicians. That converts to 265 acres.
Thank you, Nancy, for allowing us to show off your lawn. Nancy did a great job watering it this summer! Consistent lawn care definitely pays off.
With the cooler temperatures, shorter days, heavy dew, and the return of rain, we can finally shut off our sprinklers for the season. The grass is still growing fast, so I suggest mowing it at 3″ and gradually lowering it to 2.5 inches by the end of the month.
Remember how nice March was? We are seeing the consequences of record setting heat that caused trees and shrubs to bud out too early. Heavy frosts in April damaged the buds and now leaves are curling, turning brown, and even falling from trees. The frost damage looks bad, but it will not threaten the tree. The trees are healthy despite their appearance.
We just received the Angie’s List Super Service Award. We feel very honored to receive this.
Just as it is important during the summer season to mow at the proper height, it is also important to adjust your mower height at the end of the mowing season. With each cutting this fall, gradually lower your mower height until your last cutting is at the lowest possible height without scalping your lawn. This will allow leaves to more easily blow off and will help protect your lawn from snow mold.
It’s great to have big shade trees in your yard, but come fall you can start to resent them. Those big trees drop leaves and that means extra work for you. However, there’s good news! A recent study done at Michigan State University shows that you can forget about raking, blowing, and bagging leaves. Lawn care is easier than ever. Instead, just mulch them with your lawn mower. It’ll save you work, improve your soil, and add nutrients. Take the grass catcher off your mower and mow over the leaves on your lawn. You want to reduce your leaf clutter to dime-size pieces. You’ll know you’re done when about half an inch of grass can be seen through the mulched leaf layer. Once the leaf crumbs settle in, microbes and worms get to work recycling them. Any kind of rotary-action mower will do the job, and any kind of leaves can be chopped up. With several passes of your mower, you can mulch up to 18 inches of leaf clutter. When spring arrives, you’ll notice that the leaf litter you mulched up in the fall will have disappeared and your grass will look greener than ever.