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The grass is always greener....

by dig the dirt editor


How to keep your grass green this growing season.

Mother Nature threw us a bit of a weather curve ball with our low temps in Central Texas in late March, but, Spring is really here now, and the time to begin to fertilize the yard is around April 19th (which is about 6 weeks after our last average frost date). The very best way to determine what your grass may need is to do a soil test. It’s easy and there’s plenty of time to get test results back. Go to http://soiltesting.tamu.edu/ for instructions.

Inadequate feeding of the grass results in greater problems with weeds, insects and disease, which then increases the need for various products to fight these nasties.  However, excessive Nitrogen and irrigation can lead to problems as well and result in conditions that encourage problems like Brown Patch.  

It’s really important to measure the square footage of your yard - you only need to do it once and this ensures that no more and no less fertilizer than the grass requires will be applied.  That’s great for the pocketbook and keeps excess fertilizers out of our lakes. Most grasses need .5 to 1 lb of Nitrogen added annually. Check out the calculator at (http://aggie-turf.tamu.edu/aggieturf2/calculators/fertsheet.html) to determine the percentage and pounds of each nutrient (NPK) in your bag of fertilizer.

If you are going to fertilize twice this year, add the first half after April 19th (about 6 weeks after last frost date) and second half by October 15th (about 6 weeks before your first average frost date.)

Grasses to look into include: Blue Grama, Buffalograss, Bermuda, St. Augustine and Zoysia.

For a plethora of info on caring for turfgrass, be sure to check out http://aggieturf.tamu.edu/. Hope your landscapes stay green this growing season! Happy Gardening!

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