Lawn Clippings (Bill's blog)

An ongoing series of informational entries

Is there a disease in your lawn?

Bill Scheffler: Posted on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 10:47 AM

Sometimes a lawn service will want to get rid of a fungus in a lawn or in the soil. In my opinion probably the only thing most can do is spray a fungicide which is a particularly nasty chemical. Feeding the lawn is elegantly simple and far more effective. Occasionally the organic fertilizer application that some use will help the lawn as well as a little change in weather. (weather is a big influence) But it's a process similar to someone getting over an illness.


Diseases are a calcium, phosphorus and copper deficiency. Plants absorb 10x faster thru the leaves than thru the roots. I recommend a nice calcium-phosphorus-copper in liquid form that is highly effective. The process usually starts after just one feeding but if the nutrient deficiency is deep then it might need to be fed more often until I get good results.


I also recommend a microbe tea application (which Chris can do) and this will put many probiotics in the soil that can digest minerals and make it available to the lawn. Plants don't have a stomach so the digestion has to happen in the soil and these probiotics do a great job of making food available.


I hope this helps! I have a lot of experience controlling diseases with nutrition.


Powdery mildew affects the top (blades) of the grass and does not kill the roots so you will not lose your lawn. The roots will push out new grass and grow out of this problem.


Usually a disease can be fixed with nutrition but at last resort after getting the soil and lawn healthy again you can turn to a fungicide.


It's similar to you or I getting sick and addressing the issues first and getting healthy... then turning to medicine if needed.


Happy gardening!

Bill Scheffler

Lawn mowing... how high should I cut my grass?

Chris Burisek: Posted on Friday, August 25, 2017 1:29 PM

Many wonder how high or how short should they mow their lawn? It's a good general rule to mow high. How high? 3" - 3 1/2" is good for most of the season. At the very end of the season you can lower the height of the lawn mower really short. How short? Well short enough but don't scalp the grass. We don't want any tall grass left when the snow comes. If the grass is tall when winter comes then it will get moldy underneath the snow.


When the lawn is mowed high it will actually shade the soil and allow any moisture in the soil to be used by the grass and prevent some evaporation. Also it will help prevent some of the weed seeds that are blowing in the wind from working their way down into the soil... this means less weeds : )


If the lawn is mowed too short then the soil will dry out faster, get more weeds and won't be healthy, thick and beautiful despite any lawn applications done to it.


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How to control crabgrass organically.

Chris Burisek: Posted on Friday January 17, 2019 8:00 PM

Springtime brings lots of advertising to do various things and one of the big ones is crabgrass control.  

Chemical crabgrass control works well in ideal conditions but not 100% of the time.  Chemicals can wear off or not get put in the exact right place.  

Crabgrass only germinates where there is salt.  So most of it is out by the road where the snow plows push the snow and salt off the roads.  There is usually a little bit by the driveway where the salt melts off of the tires and runs into the lawn.

Gypsum neutralizes the salt.  One 40 lb bag of gypsum per 1,000 sq ft applied around Easter time and again at Memorial Day will control most of the crabgrass.

Crabgrass also loves heat so it really thrives in summer, July and August especially.  When the temperature dips into the 50's in September the crabgrass will noticeably shrink and a light frost in the upper 30's will kill it.

Crabgrass will come up new from seed every year because it's an annual.  It is not a perennial.  

At Thanksgiving, we should make another application out by the road as well as two applications in the spring around Easter and Memorial Day.  This will do a great job of controlling crabgrass.

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Grub Control w/o pesticides? Why yes... consider Milky Spore

Chris Burisek: Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 10:44 AM

Many people worry about grubs and grub damage. We can pick between chemical insecticides or natural methods. Chemical insecticides work good and are less expensive but some prefer no pesticides and more natural methods. We can apply Milky Spore in the spring, summer and fall for at least 2 years and this method will help control grubs and grub damage.


Once grubs are infected they will multiply by several billion times and spread it further. In warm climates good control can occur in once to three years... so we recommend at least 2 years of applications done in the spring, summer and fall. Click here for more info

Grub Control w/o pesticides? Why yes... consider Milky Spore

Chris Burisek: Posted on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 10:44 AM

Many people worry about grubs and grub damage. We can pick between chemical insecticides or natural methods. Chemical insecticides work good and are less expensive but some prefer no pesticides and more natural methods. We can apply Milky Spore in the spring, summer and fall for at least 2 years and this method will help control grubs and grub damage.


Once grubs are infected they will multiply by several billion times and spread it further. In warm climates good control can occur in once to three years... so we recommend at least 2 years of applications done in the spring, summer and fall. Click here for more info

"Andesite Mineral Complex", minerals, "non toxic", biodynamic

Does your soil have the needed minerals to help your lawn and plants grow?

Nature has been re mineralizing the soils of the earth through erupting volcanoes for millions of years. The problem is that many lawns and landscapes don't have these minerals any more.  Before most homes are built the wonderful topsoil is scraped away and sold... then the house is built and then a bit of topsoil (mostly clay) is brought back before the new grass is put down.  Without these natural minerals present in the soil, plants become weaker, require more water, grow less contain lower nutrient levels and are more susceptible to insects and disease issues.    Andesite Mineral Complex is 100% natural, non toxic, ground up volcanic rock based dust full of important beneficial minerals and trace elements.  Andesite can be applied any time of the year or growing season.  Andesite is safe for use around people, pets and wildlife.  It will not burn or harm plants.  Andesite helps restore a more healthy balance to the soil.  When the soil is full of healthy organic matter and minerals, the life (worms, beneficial bacteria and insects) eat it all and their waste becomes valuable free fertilizer for the lawn and plants to use.  

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