In this video Joe Konkol of Greenskeeper Lawn Care talks about some of the issues home owners tend to get into when taking care of their lawn on their own – and offers a few good suggestions to help them prevent problems down the road.
A lot of people can do this themselves if they have the time and the knowledge. But what happens is people get all excited and we go through a winter, there’s snow, people are inside hunkering down. Then it starts getting nice and everybody gets excited, they go to the garden store, they get their spreader, they get their fertilizer. They come home all excited, get their first app down. And that’s it.
Getting ready for your grass to start growing again? Well, that’s not all that grows …
In this video I talk about the different types of crabgrass and when they pop up, and how the government is responsible! (conspiracy theory?)
Joe Konkol here of Greenskeeper Lawn Care. I’m here to give you a few tips on crabgrass. This is the time of the season we put down our crabgrass pre-emergent. And here is a fact that you may not know. In the 1849 I believe, United States Government actually introduced crabgrass to help feed the plains animals. And if they only knew that this was going to turn into a multi-million or maybe billion dollar business for trying to keep it out.
I just did a proposal for a lawn renovation on Keyser Rd in Westport,Ct. I plan to use a product called Tenacity.It’s a great product if you have to seed in the spring.It is applied just before seeding -so new grass can flourish without weeds. Here is an interesting story on how this product came about.A scientist in California noticed that no weeds were growing under a bottle bush(Callistemon citrinus)The scientist came to the conclusion that the plant must be producing allelochemicals that naturally suppress weed competition. The allelochicals were synthesized to produce mesotrine. The active ingredient in Tenacity.
In this video Joe talks about how to get started making your lawn healthier and greener, citing his own lawn as an example – and he explains why the best place to start is with a soil test.
My lawn actually is a lawn that we built the house and when we built the house it was a treed lot … it was a farm property at one point, there is a stone wall right down the middle of it so you know it was used for farming. So over the course of years of farming the soil I guess got to be pretty decent and the base is everything! Because of that, we don’t do a lot to it. We don’t use a lot of chemicals on it. We don’t even use a lot of fertilizer on it. It’s always relatively in good shape. We don’t even have an irrigation system.
I was once told that snow cover is a poor mans fertilizer.What do you think?