June 2011 News Letter

One of the first articles we wrote in this newsletter was a reminder that your grass gets hungry. There are a lot of folks who forget that. There are a lot of people who forget that their grass also gets thirsty.

Someone once said, "If you don't like the weather in Atlanta wait 15 minutes it will change.” In recent years Atlanta, as well as most of the Southeast, has experienced drought conditions. The last couple of years Atlanta has seen sufficient rainfall, but we have still gone for extended periods with no water. We are in one of those extended periods as I write. Our wet early spring has turned into a rainfall deficit just short of an inch. So, you need to look outside, is your grass thirsty? If you let your grass go too long without a good drink, it will dehydrate.

Watering your grass seems like a simple job but it does need to be done properly. And most importantly it needs to be done in a way that incorporates Georgia’s outdoor water use rules. Beginning June 1, 2011 your automated irrigation system and lawn sprinklers (including hand watering) may be operated on a daily basis between 4 PM and 10 AM. Fortunately, this fits well with the way your grass should be watered.

While we still have a choice of the times to water, the best time is early in the morning just around sun up. And, it is important for you to give your grass good soaking. Most all grasses used in the Atlanta area will grow well on about an inch of water per week. This may require you to water two or three times a week. Water must get down two to three inches into the roots. A shallow watering every day will hurt your grass more than help. The water will evaporate during the heat of the day and will one day leave you with a dead brown lawn. And, never water your lawn at night. That only waters insects and fungus. Before long you will be buying insecticides and fungicides. Again, a good soaking but only water in the morning!

Be careful not to water your grass too much. Excess water will deprive the roots of oxygen. The roots die, the grass doesn't get any water, the grass dies! Many times this problem is diagnosed as drought stress and more water is added. The simple cure is to take time to probe the soil. If the soil is wet, stop watering!

And while we’re talking about watering, since Georgia is prone to water restrictions, it's important to make sure that we do what we can to conserve this precious natural resource. There are two things you can do to help.

  1. Make sure your irrigation system is working properly. Take care to calibrate it so that you use only the amount of water necessary to maintain a healthy lawn.
  2. Aerate your lawn at least once a year using a core aerator. Proper aeration allows the water to penetrate to the roots and helps to prevent runoff.

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June, Children, and Remembering
By the time June gets here most of the school kids are no longer in school. Be careful of children playing where they don't usually appear during regular school hours. A stray ball or skateboard rolling in front of your car may very likely be followed by a child, so, please slow down and stop when you see the object rolling into the street on its own.

When the kids are out of school, it affects traffic patterns. Aside from there not being any big yellow school buses to slow you down, there are fewer teachers and administrators on the road going to and from school during the rush hours. When the "school people" suddenly disappear you might get away with leaving the house a few minutes later, although parents may have other worries such as getting the kids to the sitter on time. June also means there are probably more teen drivers on the road in the day time so keep your eyes peeled for unusual driving behavior - and patiently avoid it.

Flag Day which falls on June 14th is the anniversary of the date in 1777 when the Second Continental Congress adopted the stars and bars that are the style for our flag. Although Flag Day is not an official federal holiday it makes our hearts, and our children's hearts, proud to see Old Glory waving along our streets and homes. Fly it proudly in remembrance, and let your kids know how you feel about the flag.

Another thing about June and kids is Father's Day which falls on June 19th this year. Since the kids are no longer in school, they may not make as big a fuss as they do for Mother's Day when teachers guide them to remember and prepare. Some adult, somewhere, has to remember to let the children know when it is time to celebrate their Dad with a nice kid-made card and a gift.

This year Juneteenth will also be celebrated June 19th. Juneteenth commemorates the day that the American slaves of Galveston, Texas finally found out that they were free in 1865. Freedom is always worth raising a ruckus. Some cities, especially in the South, celebrate for more than just one day, they have celebrations that last a week, or even a month long. It is meant to be a time for family gatherings, guest speakers, and picnics. Juneteenth is a time for reflection and remembering. Make sure your children understand that freedom loses it meaning in forgetfulness, so let us not forget the difference between captivity and freedom and then celebrate emancipation.

The last noteworthy date in June arrives on the 21st this year. It is the longest day of the year and heralds the beginning of summer. It is amazing to realize how close our ancestors were to our natural environment, from which we seem to be so insulated. Our kids are probably more in tune with June because they get out there and breathe, and move around and be human and do stuff!! If you would like to be "out there" with your kids why not take a family trip and lend a hand to the tornado and flood victims? Check with the Red Cross or your church to find out what you and your kids can do. The disaster victims could use a hand.