LOUISVILLE, KY. (WHAS11) - The summer of 2010 will go down as one of the hottest and driest on record, and that's wreaking havoc on lawns heading into winter.
Turning that brown and dried up grass into a healthy and environmentally friendly lawn is as simple as three easy steps. Step number one, feed the lawn
“According to the University of Kentucky and my own experience, the two primary feeding times for nitrogen would be now and November and December,” Barefoot Yards’ James Kaiser said. “So we still have lots of time to feed the lawn to get it ready for spring.
Fertilizing now is better for the grass because it promotes root development and not top growth. Kaiser recommends an environmentally friendly fertilizer over synthetics.
“We use a sustainable type of fertilizer,” Kaiser said. “It's made by MSD, called Louisville Green. And it's a bio-solid and it's full of nitrogen.”
Step number two, power seeding.
“This is the ideal time of the year because you're not competing with crab grass and all the other weeds coming up in the spring,” Kaiser said.
The final step calls for a top dressing of compost.
“It ensures germination and good organic materials,” Kaiser said. “It hold moisture, it's everything that is missing from the soil.”
Watering your lawn more often can also help get rid of the brown grass.
Kaiser recommends 10 minutes, four times at day at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. until the first freeze.
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