July 3, 2012

Do you have a "healthy" lawn?

Healthy lawns are labor-intensive, but they are not putting greens. Homeowners do not have the choice of replacing the hard clay subsurface that lies under most of our turf. Many frustrated folks replace their lawns almost every fall after common Bermuda and weeds choke out their tall fescue—especially if they mow their lawns too short. Vigorously developed roots and healthy grass elude them too if they do not water deeply.

Our local golf course at Two Rivers at Governor's Land will require 6800 tons of sand and 2800 tons of gravel and a lot of digging to rebuild their greens subsurface and bunkers, where Kingsmill-type sand was chosen for its playability, less propensity for plugged lies, maintenance requirements and price.

Then there are the fungus diseases such as dollar spot that attack during the hot humid spells we have experienced lately. Many homeowners wait to apply fungicides until they see the damage instead of applying it as a prevention.

Voles are another bane to golf courses as well as homeowners, but that’s a topic worthy of an entire future posting.


See Virginia Tech’s recommended cool and warm season grasses for homeowners in 2012 and other turf guidelines such as summer care for cool season grasses. You can easily spend an hour or two reading these helpful reports.