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This morning, I went to pick up the paper.  At the road, as I came towards the house, I found about a hundred leatherjackets on the driveway. (No, it wasn’t Friday, the thirteenth and my driveway doesn’t go to Port Dover).

I’m not sure why they were crossing the road. Was it because they like damp areas, and the lawn on the right is wetter than the left. Leatherjackets do prefer the damp, moist areas. When we are trying to assess a lawn to see if they are present, we look in the low spots or under the down spouts, because the leatherjackets are more likely to be found where there is more moisture. On the other hand, maybe it’s because it’s supposed to rain today. Often leatherjackets will come up out of the soil during a heavy rain. People then call because their driveways or patios are teeming with thousands of leatherjackets that have come up out of the waterlogged soil. (They like damp soil, but not if it is waterlogged.) I’m thinking to myself, that these are the leatherjackets who have weatherman’s arthritis. You all know the people who can feel it in their bones. “Yes, sir. . . rain’s coming at 3 o’clock.” Maybe these particular leatherjackets had the ability to know that it’s going to rain, and came up out of the ground to avoid the rush.

By the way, leatherjackets are the larvae of Crane flies. They can damage lawns by eating the blades, roots or crowns.

 Leatherjacket Larvae can feed on Lawns

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Today, I saw a dandelion that was just starting to bloom. Definitely spring is a little late this year. Later than last year for sure, but last year was an early spring. Some years I have seen dandelions as early as mid-April. The first dandelions that I see in April is usually found in a "warm" lawn - a lawn, often by the road, where the asphalt absorbs the sun's rays and then heats up the soil - a lawn that is always in the full sun and in a spot facing south. If the lawn is on a hill, I think the slope allows more of the sun to warm it up more quickly.

All said and done, it means that the rest of the dandelions won't be far behind. The Lawn Care season is in full swing now.

 

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What do you do when you have patches in your lawn of a thick-bladed grass? There are various types of grasses that can spoil the appearance of your lawn. With the touch of snow this clump of grass seems to stand out more than it might if the snow wasn’t there. Some people say, “at least it’s green and doesn’t have yellow flowers.” Some, however, are adamant that the grass has to go.

Quack Grass- Lawn Care Problem

By the way, if this unwanted grass is visible at this time of year (April, May or early June), it is NOT crabgrass, and putting on a crabgrass treatment will not do anything to help.

There are a number of thick-bladed grasses that can grow in lawns around here. Quack grass or twitch grass, brome grass, orchard grass, timothy , and others as well. The names are less important than what one does to tackle the issue.

Since these are perennial grasses, there isn’t a selective treatment that you can apply to the whole lawn and make only the grasses we don’t like disappear. A herbicide containing glyphosate was the best in the past, but can no longer be used in Ontario.( Roundup is the most common brand name for such a product.)

By the way, (again), I don’t recommend trying to dig up the thick-bladed grasses. Several years ago, I went to give a lawn quote. The homeowner met me and showed me his lawn. He had at least fifty nice round spots of fresh soil on his lawn. “What happened here?” I asked. He told me he had dug up all the areas of the thick-bladed grasses on his lawn. “Did you spray the grasses first?” When he said that he had not, I told him that unfortunately the roots on these grasses can be deep and if a small piece of root was left it could grow back again. Sure enough, a few months later, around the edges of the spots he had dug out, there were little sprigs of the thick-bladed grasses starting to grow back.

Without herbicides, there is no easy way to get rid of Quack Grass.

 

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