Advice for Better Lawns
· Tall fescue is the best all-purpose turf species for Maryland.
· September is the best time to plant tall fescue seed.
· Seed mixes that contain annual ryegrass or perennial ryegrass are not recommended.
· Proper mowing, nitrogen fertility and weed control are the most important needs for healthy turf maintenance.
· A lot of water can be saved if turf is watered by need and not by rule.
· Lawns should be watered when the grass shows signs of drought stress (footprints remain for several minutes or the grass develops a blue-gray color).
· When water IS needed, try to apply enough water so that the soil is wet from 4 to 6 inches below the surface.
· Increase mowing height in the summer months and avoid fertilizing cool season grasses in spring and summer.
· It’s best to irrigate when the air is cool either early morning or early evening, but not at night.
THE SLACKER’S GUIDE TO A GREAT LAWN (Consumer Reports)
· Let the lawn go brown during dry spells
· Fertilize less frequently
· Let the grass grow a bit longer
· Live with certain weeds and pests
· Mulch, don't bag
· Give low-maintenance grasses a look
Nurseries (Consumer Checkbook)
· Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Meadows Farms Nurseries scored, on average, lower than most of the independent nurseries
· But for the selection of plants they sell, these three big chains look very good for price.
· For specific plants, we found enormous nursery-to-nursery price differences.
· Provides advice on judging plant quality.
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