Lawn Update – August

August Lawn TipsJuly was kind of a tough month for lawns.  It was a  wild month of weeds and a reemergence of grubs. In addition, the beginning of the month brought cooler temperatures and I found myself applying nitrogen to a lawn that had lost nutrients during the month  of June.

As we begin August, temperatures are more summer-like and this past weekend I applied more grub killer in select areas to help stop the spread of grubs. I think grubs will be the biggest issue for lawns this summer. Right now I water once a week on the weekends. I typically water for longer periods of times and only 1-3 times a week in a normal growing year. This year, I am down to one watering day a week.

This time of year, I also see a lot of compacting of soil and grass. Make sure you are mowing in different directions each time you mow, otherwise your lawn could have permanent compacting and in some cases a development of very tough soil which is hard to grow and sustain lawn growth.

Keep going with your battle against the weeds. It appears even with warmer temperatures, the weeds are taking over areas where the grass is not so thick. I prefer to hand spray the weeds versus pulling the weeds out.

Start thinking about your plans for the fall. It’s not that far away.

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Stopping Spread of Bacteria – Cutting Boards

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Here are some great tips to consider to help stop the spread of bacteria.

Everyone should have a minimum of two boards. One board for raw foods and one for cooked foods. \

Sanitize cutting boards with bleach. Also, make sure any cutting board purchased comes with the NSF Safety Seal for food safety.

Learn more in this video.

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Toxic Algae Bloom – Lake Erie

Toxic Algae BloomThis year could be a record year for toxic algae bloom in some areas.
The heavy rains received in June are a major contributor to this issue.

Check out this story and learn more about this issue.

Here is an updated look at this issue, recorded July 27, 2015

Check out the following article that was released this week and learn more about why this is such a big issue that could affect many communities’ drinking water supplies.

Toxic algae likely to surface on Lake Erie again

Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced earlier this month that models show this summer could be one of the most severe for harmful algal blooms on Western Lake Erie, the second-most severe behind a record-setting bloom in 2011. It is expected to range between 8.1 to 9.5 on the administration’s “severity index,” compared to a 6.5 index rating for last summer’s disruptive bloom. The major bloom prediction was prompted by heavy June rains, causing significant nutrient runoff into the lake basin. Source: Toxic algae likely to surface on Lake Erie again, July 29, 2015 Detroit Free Press

 

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Too Much Rain for Corn Growers

Rain Corn Fields2015 – The theme has been “rain”.

Too much rain forced many growers to plant late. During the month of June, the rains continued and it was evident that the plants were going to need additional nutrient applications to make it through the season. See for yourself how one grower, Brian Scott has been affected by these conditions. Brian posts a lot of information on different agriculture topics and I really appreciate the way he helps me understand the challenges that many farmers and growers face.

Check out this video. You will have a deeper appreciation for these people and the challenges they face.

Brian – Thanks for sharing. I hope you are able to salvage some sort of crop in 2015. Thanks again for sharing your experiences with all of us.

Order Your Soil Probes Today!

Soil ProbeFall sampling is almost here. Time to get your order in today.

Over the weekend, we received 5 orders for soil probes. Soil testing is becoming very popular with the advent of precision ag programs and new software programs being released almost daily which use soil analysis data combined with climate data and nutrient application data.

Last fall, we thought we had a good inventory in place for soil probes. By the second week in September, we were completely out of soil probes and the back orders started to come in. In addition, the manufacturers could not keep up with the demand and we were delayed almost 4-6 weeks.

Another contributing factor to this situation is the fact that ag retailers are also purchasing large supplies for their clients and there is only so much demand out there.

My advice to you, is get your order in soon with a soil probe manufacturer or online at the Midwest Labs eStore Site.

Grubs are Coming Back To Your Lawn

 

Updated 8.30pm / July 27, 2015Grubs in Yard

Ok – After watching the video below, I decided I needed to try a little experiment. I applied some Scotts Grubex in areas where my lawn had brown spots and I watered in these areas.

 

As I looked at my own lawn, I could see that these areas were starting to take over other areas of my lawn and I needed to stop the growth. Hopefully, I will have some good news in the next few days regarding this yard application.

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The biggest mistake I made this week was applying my grub killer during the first week in June.

Typically, a grub application in the end of May, beginning of June time frame is a very good time to apply grub killer to the lawn. However, this year has been highly unusual with the increased rainfall in May and June. July has been much more normal with respect to temperatures and rainfall. As a result, I believe my application may have been washed away and probably did not stay in the ground as in previous years.

This past week, I saw several, little brown spots in my lawn. I am going to have to address this issue by applying a little more grub killer sparingly over the next few days.  My fear is that if I do not address this issue now, I may see more brown spots in the week to come.

It is one of those issues that I’ve been able to stay ahead of the issue, but this year I did not make the necessary adjustments to control the situation.

Here is a great video on what types of grub products to try.

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