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Yoga Korunta

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03 April 2007

Tuesday's Word: grass

Grass is a common word that generally describes a monocotyledonous green plant in the family Poaceae. True grasses include most plants grown as cereals, for pasture, and for lawns. They include some more specialised crops such as lemongrass, as well as many ornamental plants, and some weeds. They also include plants often not considered to be grasses, such as bamboos. Grasses and grass-like plants have always been important to human beings. They provide the majority of food crops, and have numerous other uses, such as feeding animals, and for lawns.

The grass is growin' and needs mowed. The height should be between 1.5 and 3 inches; use a sharp blade. Water around an inch per week, in the afternoon, so the grass dries before night. The soil acidity should be pH 6.8 to 7.0 and may be adjusted. And what do those numbers on the fertilizer bag mean? They refer to the ratios of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium.

Here is an easy way to remember the proper times for lawn maintenance: IMIL. Our acronym stands for Income tax day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. It is only a guide for the suggested times of year for using lawn products.

I: Crabgrass needs a pre-emergent product as it dies each year, leaving seedlings. It is also time to apply fertilizer, 19-4-4.

M: Apply a broadleaf and viney weed control product, 30-4-4. The application of 2, 4-D, (dimethylamine), is effective.

I: Apply a pesticide, 30-4-4, to prevent grubs. No grubs mean no food for skunks!

L: More fertilizer, 10-16-20. This time of year is also best for planting grass and trees.

The neighbor, a Mr. Jones, has a lawn that looks as though it came from a nursery!

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7 Comments:

Blogger barbie2be said...

i like grass, even though i am allergic to every blade of grass known to man. :(

12:15  
Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

Barbie, grass is better seen than smelled. Next year I'm planting Astroturf!

21:53  
Blogger Melissa said...

I fertilize four times a year and use sulphate of ammonia between the fertilizing dates. It's not considered a fertilizer and gives the lawn a quick burst of bright green. Did you know that palm trees are from the grass family? Weird, huh?

23:37  
Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

Didn't know about the palm trees, Melissa. This region is too cold for them. The grass was cut two days ago and there is snow on the ground this morning. Aaaiiieee!!!

05:43  
Blogger Lola Heatherton said...

I thought grass was something hippies smoked.

13:26  
Blogger catherine belle said...

I just hope my mower starts! Yesterday I had on short sleeves, and today I have the winter coat! You know what they say about Ohio: If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes!

How about "humidity" as a word in the future. This is the enemy of anyone with curly hair!

21:51  
Blogger Yoga Korunta said...

Lots more folks than hippies smoke the ganja, Lola!

Catherine, I know of a lawyer, who started her mower before checking to see if it had any O-I-L! Did you winterize the engine last fall?

22:07  

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