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What’s Growing With Tom: Spring Lawn Care

Northern Michigan this week we’re talking grass!  We know our lawn at Heritage House is looking great. We’ve been using Dairy Doo products on it for years and can’t complain about the results.

But, can we make it even better?

Justin recommends we stay with their Safe Green Lawn, the same as the past three years.  It’s organic, has Dairy Doo in it, it’s a 10 Nitrogen zero phosphorus and that’s what we’re concerned about with algae bloom and runoff into our lakes and rivers. And then potash and calcium, to help build the soils, feed our roots to a big, thick, luscious lawn.

Justin brought his cousin, Connor, he’s their turf expert. He says we need to keep overseeding to keep a thick lawn.

Connor states “you want to fill in those gaps in your lawn right, you want to get some nice grass that will spread through the root system so like a creeping red fescue or perennial rye, something that’s tough, hardy, will spread and fill in those gaps you know because everyone would love to have that luscious green lawn of Kentucky Bluegrass, but you know a lot of times they’re not going to spread as well so you just got to overseed consistently”

How about Kentucky Bluegrass? Kentucky Blue Grass spreads through tillers, it’s not going to spread outward through the root system.  Creeping red fescue is better since it uses rhizomes.

Another recommendation is to thatch or airify the lawn to get some dirt scraped up.  Whenever you drop down seed you need to make sure there is a good seed-to-ground contact. Key things are to overseeding in the spring and fall, water, and feed your lawn.

While this lawn is getting ready for summer, we need to get our garden beds filled up.

Next week, we start planting!