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That Doggone Grass!


Author and Naturist Hel Borland once said, “Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence“. 


If there’s one thing most any homeowner or caretaker of a yard knows, it’s that grass loves to grow, and grow, and grow. It will lend itself to growing in cracks of concrete, on trees, heck, even in between house siding! But sometimes, that tenacious grass doesn’t look like we want: lush green is more like not-so-lush brown.  And when it’s like that, lying on a beautiful lawn at night to watch the stars, instead feels you’re lying on a bed of nails while performing a circus act. No thanks!


Where to Start?


One of the first things to consider if you are going to start a lawn, or attempt to recover or further a lawn, is what growing zone you and your lawn are in.  For most of us along the Gulf Coast, it is Zone 8 (some say 9, but an 8 ½ is probably more realistic).  


Once you have that knowledge, now your search for the right seed or products to support seeding can begin.  Yes, believe it or not, there are actually recommendations for which grass to grow according to where you (and your lawn) reside!


When to Start?


Okay, so you know the zone, now comes buying the seed.  I mean, after all, the seed is seed, right?  Wrong!  Are you seriously going to buy a house without taking a walk-through first? Aren’t you curious to know if there are any problems lurking before you sign documents?  Well, guess what, grass selection requires the same diligence!


You want to read the contents of whatever container you are considering to find out about percentages of weed seed (less the weeds, better the seeds), drought tolerance, disease and insect resistance.  


Now, remember talking about zones? Yeah, here’s where that comes in handy.  Knowing the zone helps to know which variety of grass to purchase because there are cool-season grasses and warm-season grasses. There’s Kentucky bluegrass, fescue, centipede, ryegrass, and so on. (A Krob tip: stay away from annual ryegrass – it’s only good for the year!). And within genus grass types, sub-types exist.  Uh-huh, that’s right.  Fescues can be creeping red, chewing, or sheep, to name a fescue – oops, I mean to name a few!


That It?


Ahh - you’ve spread, sown, scattered, or downright chunked the seed, and now it’s time to prop up your feet, grab a nice tall glass of sweet tea and watch that grass fixin’ to sprout.  Sorry, but there’s oh so much more.  Mulching, fertilizing, watering, and keeping pesky neighbors off the lawn are also a requirement if you want that ‘Yard of the Month’ lawn.  


So, just like shopping for a house or a Washer Dryer set, educating yourself on what you are buying will save you lots of trouble (weeding, dying grass) later on.


Krob Can Help!


Do you want more porch sitting and less mowing? Call us! We provide complete and total lawn care and maintenance.  We can help you navigate the outdoor lawn and garden centers to find the right and proper material you need if you decide to go it alone.  Or, we will work with you on developing a comprehensive plan to bring your lawn to a place of enjoyment.  


Truth is, grass produces oxygen (and 2,500 sq. ft. lawn can provide enough oxygen for a family of 4 – unless y’all are football players, then it might only be 2!), helps filter the quality of the air we breathe, can help cool a house, provide erosion control, and other benefits.  So, with all that grass provides us, shouldn’t we care all we can about our lawns?  And the best place to get advice, get a plan, or get it done for you, is right here with the lawn experts – Krob Landscape!

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