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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.

 

Last December we had a green Christmas, this spring we have a White Easter.

The last week or so has been reasonably warm and when I pass by the village of York, there is a beautiful sloping lawn facing south. This lawn is really starting to green up. The fact that it faces south means it is getting the most of the sunshine in warming up the soil. The fact that it slopes down to the road, I believe also contributes to its ability to capture the warmth from the sun. When the soil gets warm, the grass starts to grow. When the grass starts to grow it becomes green.

How can you get your lawn to green up sooner in the spring? Moving it to the south side of the house may not be an option.

Easter Lawn Care and Snow

Two things you can do.

One – make sure to feed it late in the fall. A late October or early November feeding (winter fertilization) will help your lawn to green up earlier. The lawn food is taken into the root system at that time of year. It does not produce growth, but is stored in the roots. Come the spring, it is ready to be used immediately by the turf grass plants.

Two- the last cut in the fall should be short. Lower your mowing height to1 ½ to 2 inches. The lower mowing height will help to reduce the risk of winter and early spring diseases. It also means that in the spring, the soil will be able to warm up quicker than if you have long shaggy grass.

 

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The sun was bright this morning and it was filtering through to the snowdrops that were blooming under the redbud tree. These are the first signs of spring in our garden.(other than the robins that showed up a few weeks ago.)

I don't have a lot of these dainty bulbs. Actually, this is the only spot in my garden, but they are always the first to bloom in the beds. From here on, in the other spring flowers will come along in their proper order and sequence. . . . all in good time.

 Signs of Spring

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