Heat Stress Helps Us Find Soil Problems

Below is a short video detailing just a few soil problems that can reveal themselves during these hot, dry days of summer.

Heat and drought and drought stress can reveal underlying soil problems. When the grass starts to turn brown in specific patterns, there is a good possibility there is something wrong under the surface. . . . → Read More: Heat Stress Helps Us Find Soil Problems

From the email bag, Stop watering and stop mowing?

Here’s another email, I received recently,

Hey Rodney, We are having a discussion around here as to best practices with watering and drought stressed lawn.

We have customers who have sprinkler systems and have been watering their usual 3 day per week and their lawns are still going dormant with this heat. They are calling . . . → Read More: From the email bag, Stop watering and stop mowing?

Survival is the Keyword (and Syringing Greens)

I wanted to write a quick note to reinforce the idea that right now we are in survival mode. Not problem fixing mode.

I’ve had a few site visits lately and I’ve seen some grass that is struggling from the heat and drought. In some situations, there were some pre-existing conditions that were making things . . . → Read More: Survival is the Keyword (and Syringing Greens)

From email and calls; 1 inch/week? How to water?

I have received many emails and phone calls like this one;

Rodney

I have a tall fescue lawn with a sprinkler system. With the weather as hot and dry as it is right now, how much water should my lawn get under these current conditions? I know I have heard an inch per week…..should . . . → Read More: From email and calls; 1 inch/week? How to water?

Turf and Landscape Irrigation Videos

K-State Research and Extension has uploaded some great videos that will help people understand how to irrigation their lawns and landscapes.

There are two main questions most people have when it comes to watering their lawn: How often should I water? and How long do I run my sprinklers? The terms to remember are “Deeply . . . → Read More: Turf and Landscape Irrigation Videos

Rain Rain. Why is my Grass Dying?

Too Much Rain. How Long Can it Survive?

Visit with anybody in the Green Industry here in the Midwest and the discussion is surely to turn to the weather… specifically the amount of rain we have had this spring/summer. The Johnson County Executive Airport has received 25.5″ of rainfall since the 1st of Jan, . . . → Read More: Rain Rain. Why is my Grass Dying?

Damaged roots need a little help

The following is taken from the KSU Horticulture Newsletter, by Ward Upham:

Outside Plants May Need to be Watered

As we mentioned in an earlier newsletter, waterlogged soils push oxygen out of the soil that roots need to survive. Every living cell in a plant must have oxygen or it dies. Numerous parts of Kansas . . . → Read More: Damaged roots need a little help