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It’s good to know the type of grass before fertilizing

Tracey FitzgibbonShould I be fertilizing my lawn this time of year? – L.L., Albuquerque

A. Honestly that will depend on the type of grass your lawn is made of. If you have a “warm season” grass lawn, then fertilize. Warm season grasses are the kinds that green and grow during the heat of the year. Grasses like Bermuda and natives like buffalo grass or blue grama would probably benefit from a fertilization now especially since they are giving you their all this time of year. When you do apply the fertilizer make sure the food is only fertilizer. Most weed and feed-type of fertilizers can and will harm Bermuda and the natives. To be sure you’ve picked the appropriate “food,” read the label.

Next, be sure to water the fertilizer in thoroughly so the above ground growth, the grass, is less likely to be scorched by the food. Mark your calendar to be reminded that the last fertilization of warm season grasses is done at the end of August.

No feeding after that for the “warm season grasses” since they’ll start to quiet down and you needn’t waste your money aiming to get those types of grass to elongate their natural life cycle.

Now, if your lawn is made of “cool season grasses” like any of the Fescues or Kentucky Blue Grass, I’d wait to fertilize. In this heat, “cool season” grasses are doing their best to survive by just hanging on. Granted there is a certain amount of blade growth, but for the most part the cool season grasses should be allowed to just be. Sufficient water is all you need offer the cool season grasses during the heat of the year, that and a very sharp, clean mower blade when you mow.

So first you’ll want to understand the type of grass your lawn is made of and go from there when deciding whether or not to fertilize this time of year.

Readers: Today is the last day of the “Lavender in the Village” gathering! From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the purchase of admission you can surround yourselves with the luscious scent of a perennial favorite. Hop on to their website for directions for off-site park and ride information since parking at the Agri-Nature Center in the Village of Los Ranchos is limited to vehicles wit handicap placards only.

With the advent of our annual monsoon season, I was thinking about something I heard recently about mosquitoes. It’s been said that it’ll probably be “a good year (or bad if you will) for mosquitoes with all the good runoff and now the monsoons.” So, I wanted to get you out there taking a visual stroll on your properties aiming to disrupt any places where mosquitoes could breed. I’m guilty of leaving a saucer or two lying about that collects and holds standing water. That makes the perfect place them to breed. I’m suggesting you look for any container that can and does hold standing water.

It’ll make your outdoor space a more pleasant place having discouraged as many as you can! Happy Diggin’ In!

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