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Just in time for planting/aeration/overseeding season: Just before Irma moved in all Georgia water restrictions were eased.* Effective 9/7/17, Metro-Atlanta counties were moved to Drought Level 1; remainder of state Pre-Drought Level. The Georgia EPD reminds citizens that year-round conservation is still needed." Georgians must still follow the non-drought outdoor water use schedule required in the Water Stewardship Act of 2010. This law allows all types of outdoor water use, but landscape watering only before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. daily. This is done to limit evaporation during the warmest part of the day.In all drought response levels, during installation and for 30 days after installation is complete, newly planted lawns, turf, ground cover, flowers, shrubs, trees and other plants can be watered ANY DAY, at ANY TIME - all irrigation types.
Your lawn needs to breathe! Aeration removes plugs from the turf allowing more oxygen, water, and nutrients to be absorbed into the soil making it easier for those essential properties to be absorbed by the plant and keep your lawn looking lush and healthy much longer.Allowing air and nutrients into the root zone and reduces compaction which allows microorganisms to naturally reduce thatch. Aeration is best performed in the Spring or Fall.
De-Thatching is the process of mechanically removing dead grass layer between the roots and foliage of grass from turf. It is typically not needed as much as is often thought. It is important to evaluate your own lawn first before you proceed with this because not all lawns have this particular problem. If your turf has a spongy feel, thatching is probably indicated.
Overseeding is often a necessity for cool season grasses. Cool season grasses in our area are annuals. Overseeding not only helps fill in bare spots, it also helps crowd out undesirable grass varieties. Not every grass type requires overseeding. The practice of overseeding lawns is primarily reserved for cool season bunch type grasses such as tall fescue, fine fescue, perennial and annual ryegrass and occasionally bluegrass. After several years, cool season grasses begin to slow down their reproduction rate. Since a blade of grass lives only an average of 45 to 60 days, production of new grass must continually outpace the dieback of older leaves.
Overseeding keeps you lawn fresh and healthy! Overseeding lawns consisting of Cool season grasses should be done in late summer or early fall. With fall germination, the young grass will have two or three months to become established before temperatures drop too low and growth stops. Next spring, the young plants will have another few months to develop deeper roots before the heat sets in.
If you desire a green lawn all year-round you can overseed bermudas and zoysias in the fall using a cool season variety. Annual rye is normally used as it germinates quickly and will die out as soon as your warm season grass starts to green up.
Aeration, de-thatching and overseeding are additional services offered by Precision Lawn Care. Call our office to schedule your service now at 770-979-5171 or click here to send us an email!
I was determined to locate a good place to put my tree stand; away from any other hunter. I was hunting on private property but others hunt there as well. It’s large enough for several people but I wanted to make sure I was far off the beaten path. I was willing to climb, crawl, and creep until I had found my “promised land.” I loaded my lock-on tree stand and my stacking sticks on my back and headed up the mountain. The first 300 yards was almost straight up the hill with an occasional bend. I knew most hunters would be unwilling even to go to these extremes. But I was not satisfied. After a few more turns, I was standing in a saddle that was an obvious, deer travel, corridor. I studied the situation a few minutes. (I really just needed to rest) Then after some soul-searching I determined I needed to go a little farther, around the next hollow. I wanted to be sure I would be alone. By now my shirt was soaking wet and my legs were feeling the extra weight of the tree stand. I moved about 50 yards below a thicket, just above the crest of the hill. When I made it to the other side, I noticed a nice flat. I weaved my way through the mountain laurel until I reached the center of that small flat that was loaded with plenty of signs of deer. I made it! I knew I was at a place that no hunter had ever been. Heck, I doubt if even ole Daniel Boone himself had ever set foot on this virgin territory. I quickly located a perfect tree where my stand would go. I set the stand up, put the stacking sticks together, and strapped everything snuggly to the tree. I climbed up, looked around, and noticed an odd shape about 40 yards away. You guessed it……. another tree stand! I wished I had brought my chain saw!
Sometimes in our lives we think we too are at a place where no one has ever been. We think we are alone in our situation or circumstance. We feel that nobody has ever faced the trouble we are now facing. The fact is there is nothing new. Someone else has been where you are. Some details may have been different but the place is the same. Our consolation, however, is not in the knowledge that someone else has walked in our shoes, but our consolation and comfort is in knowing that if we’ll look around we’ll find the Lord has already been there too, just waiting for us to arrive.
Gary Miller Gary@outdoortruths.org