Last Updated on September 21, 2022 by Brian Beck
I was driving around today and I saw something I didn’t want to see, a truck towing an air compressor. The air compressor was for blowing out irrigation lines. I am hoping that it was just for show. With it being 95² last week, there is no hard freeze in sight. More importantly, if you read one of our last posts, a few days ago, right now is the time where lawns are lost. Yes, the accumulated stress in the lawns set the stage for much of the problems that we face in the spring, especially this year. There is a transition period from the point of the first hard freeze, usually around mid October where the lawns begin to slip into dormancy. The microbiology (if there is any) goes dormant, photosynthesis begins to slow down abruptly, transpiration stops and germination becomes impossible. This occurs over about a two month period, culminating in mid-December. This is when the turf truly goes dormant. The problem here is in the fact that this is a very critical time for the lawn and for it to dehydrate during this time causes a lot of issues that people routinely fall into year after year. This can be avoided. We have developed a solution and it is really simple and allows you to reverse this opportunity in the early spring and keep the lawn hydrated early so that you can hit the ground running in early May. There is really no reason why you should not have a solid green lawn in early April rather than playing catchup in late May wishing that that brown spot in the middle of the lawn will go away. By the way, the lawn going brown is NOT normal! There should be green hews in the lawn even in the dead of winter. A lawn going brown is a sigh of stress. You pay for this stress every year playing catchup that is wasted energy and wasted money. We have developed a device that will allow you to extend the watering (it doesn’t take a lot) clear out past Thanksgiving and turn it on well before May, like in March to prep the lawn before you start to see temps above 50°. The formation of chlorophyll will arrive long before the soil approaches 65-70° and if you have a soil that is truly healthy (devoid of synthetics) the lawn will green up on its own, provided that it stays hydrated, because there are mechanisms in place where the soil can provide energy and nutrition directly to the plant. This works and it is called Weather Bender. Check it out and give us a call. We can help you save a lot of wasted energy.