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Mulch

Okay, troops.  At ease.  Let’s talk MULCH.  Mulch is important.  It is not only aesthetically pleasing, it serves some purposes.  Aesthetically, it neatens the appearance of your landscape.  It makes your AO (Area of Operation) look more squared away.  Mulch really makes your landscape look like you care about the appearance of your quarters or facility.  The more functional roles of mulch are: suppressing weeds, retaining moisture, insulating the soil and diminishing soil erosion.

Poison Ivy

I've been running into a fairly significant problem this summer.  I've encountered a great deal of POISON IVY (ToxicodendronRadicans)lately.  I’ll also include in this discussion poison oak and poison sumac.  All of this stuff is mean.  My wife came in contact with some in our yard.  I had a coworker who almost had to go to the hospital because of it.  I am just as susceptible.  It is some terrible stuff.  Some horticulturalists are saying the cultivars of poison ivy out there now have become MORE toxic than in earlier years, citing increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Tree Care for Turfgrass Warriors

 
This goes back to what I said in my “Heat Tolerance” and my “Shade Tolerance” blog posts.  This is where the age old conflict between turf and trees comes about.  If you want some decent turf under your trees, you will probably have to trim or prune your trees.  I’m sorry tree huggers.  That’s just the way it is.  That’s a fact, Jack.
 
Some of you know that I got my horticulture certification in January of this year (2014).  So, here I go with my horticultural hat on.

Horticulture

Some of you out there may already be aware that I got my horticulture credentials in January of this year (2014).  This is in an effort to perhaps expand my business...and try something new.  Just like turf, I've always been pretty good at working with trees and shrubs.  As I've gone around working on turfgrass for the last few years, folks would always drag me over to some poor azalea or magnolia and say, "Is it okay?  Is it going to live?"  Or, they'd ask me, "What can I do in this area here?

Some "After" Pictures

 
I'm finally getting around to postingsome pictures of customers' yards AFTER Tuomey Turfgrass has provided the appropriate leadership and guidance.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
These are some pics from Bill's townhouse.  He has an end unit.  Bill is a retired naval aviator.  So, he's very detail oriented.  His house is in Lorton, Virginia.  His lawn gets a great deal of sun.

Shade Tolerance

Face the facts.  There is no turf that is 100% shade tolerant, meaning turfgrass will not grow in a “dense”, “full” or “heavy” shaded area.  It just does not exist.  All plants need at least some sunlight in order to flourish.  There are some “high speed” hybrids out there. Genetically engineered turfgrass. Yes; only in America.  Like turfgrass made in a test tube or something. 
 
Some “dense shade” seeds say on the bag that you have to have at least 3 hours of sunlight.

Cold Tolerance

One big difference between heat stress and cold stress is cold stress can have an impact on warm season turfs AND cool season turfs.  Whereas heat really only affects cool season turfs.  Warm season turfs usually thrive in warm weather.  As logic might dictate, cool season grasses are a little more tolerant of cold temperatures than warm season grasses.  

As I’ve said many times in this blog, you got to select the species that is best adapted for the region you are growing the grass.

Heat Tolerance

Here in the CONUS turfgrass transition zone (See my blog post on “Turfgrass Adaptation”.) the conditions are lousy for cool season turf and warm season turf.  It gets cold enough in the winter so warm season turfs go dormant.  And it gets hot enough in the summer so cool season turfs go dormant.  Its really NOT ideal for either type of turfgrass.  Living in the north, deep south or out west makes turfgrass cultivation and care a little easier.
 
This is the time of year when I get a lot of questions about how heat affects our turf.

How Turfgrass Benefits Us and Our Planet

 
Turfgrass Warriors,
 
There are many positive aspects of growing quality turfgrass.  Not just the aesthetics or bragging rights….although that can be fun.  Many of those positive aspects are related to the environment.  Some aspects are even more directly related to our quality of life and our health.
 
Our Congress has a rather low approval rating.  The US Congress approval rating hasn’t been above 20% in several years.  The approval rating was at an all time low of 9% in November of 2013.

Ducks Unlimited

Tuomey Turfgrass Consulting, LLC, is a proud sponsor of Ducks Unlimited.  Ducks Unlimited is the world's leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation.  DU got its start in 1937 during the Dust Bowl when North America’s drought-plagued waterfowl populations had plunged to unprecedented lows.  Determined not to sit idly by as the continent’s waterfowl dwindled beyond recovery, a small group of sportsmen joined together to form an organization that became known as Ducks Unlimited.