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Pesticides

 
In this blog post, I’ll be discussing PESTICIDES.  I’ve referred to pesticides at various times throughout this blog.  But, I’ve never really gotten in depth on the topic.  Using pesticides is widespread in the landscaping and agriculture worlds.  Without pesticides, our landscapes and crops would be seriously damaged or at least in a great deal of trouble.  The incorrect use of pesticides can be harmful to people, plants, animals and the environment.  If you are going to use a pesticide, as a turfgrass warrior, you need to know some of the characteristics, precautions and procedures regarding pesticides.

Memberships & Certifications

Tuomey Turfgrass Consulting is a proud member of these fine organizations:
 
NALP(National Association of Landscape Professionals) is the national trade association representing more than 100,000 landscape industry professionals, who create and maintain healthy, green living spaces for communities across America.  PLANET members are committed to the highest standards in industry education, best practices, and business professionalism.
 
The VirginiaTurfgrass Council- The VTC is a 53 year old organization whose mission is to unify efforts to promote turfgrass improvement and advancement of the turfgrass industry in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Turfgrass Diseases

In this section, I will be discussing turfgrass diseases.  I understand your average turfgrass warrior may not have the training or experience to successfully diagnose and treat turfgrass diseases.  But, my intent here is to perhaps make you warriors aware of the various diseases.  And, perhaps, you will be able to understand more if you think your turf area has a disease.  At that point, you can call in a guy like me for some fire support.
 
As I say all the time, the best way to fight disease, drought, weeds and other stresses to your stand of turfgrass is to have a thick, healthy stand.

Weeds

 
This is the time of year when lots of folks ask me about WEEDS.  I discussed weeds and some weed treatments in a few earlier blog posts, mostly in response to some questions.  Here, I want to “set the record straight.”  I want to provide some of my thoughts and other information concerning turfgrass weeds.
 
Uniformity in our lawns is usually what we strive for.  Weeds disrupt that uniformity.  Weeds also compete with our lawns and playing fields for water, nutrients, light and space.

Leadership By Example


John Quincy Adams once said,"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."(The Paradox of Power)  That is pretty close to my definition of leadership - The ability to inspire greatness in others. 
 
Well, I've been asked by several of my turfgrass troops what MY lawn looks like.  Besides telling them it is none of their business, I usually show some photos - or, I bring them over to the house. Here, below, is a photo of my backyard in 2011:

Thatch

My Fellow Turfgrass Combatants,
Good job.  Carry on with your great work in the service of your lawn.  In this block of instruction, I will discuss THATCH.  That's right; you heard me.  THATCH.  Thatch buildup results because you are not following orders.  So, it is your fault.  Thatch can be a good thing - but like many good things; too much is NOT good.
 
Lawn thatch is the buildup of excessive unwanted material in your lawn that can choke out air, water, nutrients and sunlight.

Aeration

Troops,
This section will consist of many posts regarding aeration.  You will not be able to tell there are multiple posts unless you check back from time to time (as you have been ordered to).  Then you will say, "Gee, that topic has grown over the last couple of weeks."  You gotta realize, I "craft" these posts.  And, I plan them out (strategically - hooah) over time.  So, like a fine wine, I will NOT post information until...it has matured.

Irrigation

Troops, let's talk about watering your turfgrass.  As in mowing, I said, "High and slow."  With watering, it is "Deeply and infrequently." Water composes from 75 percent to 85 percent of the weight of a healthy grass plant.  It is essential for seed germination, tissue formation, plant cooling, food manufacture, and nutrient absorption and nutrient transport.  A grass plant loses the most water under conditions of high light intensity, high temperature, low relative humidity, and windy conditions.

More on Mowing....

Let me say a few more things about mowing....first....Cutting Height
 
How high should you cut your grass?  Well, five factors determine the best cutting height:
 
 
Species
 
 
Use of the Area
 
 
Environmental Conditions
 
 
Turf Health
 
 
Mower Type
 
 
Turfgrass species is the main factor.  The location of the crown for each species is different.  Some species have elevated crowns so they would suffer from thinning and loss of vigor if the cutting height is too low.

Turfgrass Insects

I want to expand this section on turfgrass insects.  If you refer back to one of my earlier categories – “Lawns We Are Working On” – you will see where I answered Marc’s question about grubs (Wednesday, March 06, 2013, 6:15 PM).  When you feel like it, please review that section. I won’t bore everyone with repeating that information on white grubs.  Also, in response to that question, I started this section on turfgrass insects and I posted a drawing and a picture (above & below) of a lawn grub.