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Your Seasonal Guide to a Lush Lawn
Transform your yard into the envy of the neighborhood by grooming a gorgeous lawn. Taming weedy, patchy, or thin grass isn’t difficult. When it comes to lawn care, it helps to remember that your lawn is a living, growing field made up of many individual grass plants. By tending your grass like you would a tomato plant or pot of petunias, you’ll be on your way to a beautiful lawn.
We also have the extras you need to keep your flowers blooming and garden growing. At Bibens Ace Hardware, we can help you with the right advice and the right products to cultivate the kind of lawn and garden you want.
The secret to success is tackling the right steps at the right time. Learn what your lawn needs to look its best with our easy season-by-season care guide.
Weed Killers – The Basics
2 categories of weed killers (ones applied before or after weeds come up)
- Applied before weeds appear
- Applied in early spring to control weeds before they have a chance to germinate
- Most common are weed & feed fertilizers
- Applied directly to already established weeds
- Do NOT prevent new weeds from germinating
- Come in both selective and non-selective types
- Selective – target only specific types of weeds (ideal for lawns and gardens
- Non-Selective – kill most type of vegetation they reach, available in different strengths, useful for driveways, sidewalks, and pathways
Two forms of weed killers
- Sprinkled or spread with spreader
- Typically require water/rain fall to break down and absorb completely
- Weed and feed kills weeds, but helps lawns grow thick and help outgrow weeds
- Favored for treating existing lawn weeds
- Don’t apply when windy – they can travel to plants you want to keep
- Concentrated and non-concentrated
What is Soil?
Any soil has 5 components
- Finely divided rock: Which comes from the mountains and hills and also from sedimentary rock, which was laid down through the action of water.
- Living organisms: In fact, healthy, humus rich, soil can contain over one billion microorganisms per square inch.
- Humus: The decayed and decaying remains of animal and vegetable life.
- Water: The essential processes of life occur in the water held by the humus of the soil and the water films on the soil particles.
- Air: It is from the atmosphere that green plants obtain the carbon needed to manufacture carbohydrates, the building block of life on this earth. Grass plant roots will penetrate the soil no deeper than the air penetrates.
How Healthy Soil Works
The return of organic wastes to the soil, in order to build a humus reserve in the soil, is the basis of soil health. In the soil, humus is constantly being decomposed and being reduced to its basic elements by the microscopic soil life. The elements that are released move into the soil solution and are eventually absorbed by green plants through osmosis. Organic acids that are produced during this process etch away at the mineral portion of the soil releasing elements into the soil solution, also to be absorbed by grass plants. Microscopic root hairs, on the roots of green plants, are the means by which this nutrition is absorbed.
However, there is another mechanism at work here. A mechanism by which living fungal threads (mycelium) invade the cells of plant roots, acting as a conduit, that carries nutrient rich soil solution into the green plant. This process greatly enhances the plants ability to gather nutrients.