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Not All Grass Seed Is Created Equally By Jim Hole

Many people believe all lawn grasses are created equally. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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For example, many packages of lawn grass seeds come as a mixture of different species and varieties. Two types of grass seed that dominate these blends are perennial ryegrass and Kentucky bluegrass. Perennial ryegrass grows quickly, but is not particularly hardy; nor is it long lived on the prairies, but it germinates rapidly and emerges quickly from the soil. Kentucky bluegrass is the premium lawn grass for our region, but it is much slower to pop out of the soil.
 
Still, perennial ryegrass is good as a “nurse” grass to protect Kentucky bluegrass until it gets established. You just don’t want too much perennial ryegrass in a blend. Perennial ryegrass seeds are also much larger than Kentucky bluegrass seeds. In fact, a kilogram of perennial ryegrass contains about 500,000 seeds, whereas a kilogram of Kentucky bluegrass contains a whopping 3,000,000 seeds! Therefore, you can see that buying lawn seed strictly by weight is not a great strategy.
 
The bottom line is that a bit of perennial ryegrass is good for helping to protect your Kentucky bluegrass, but a lot of perennial ryegrass is a waste of money.
 
September is a great month for sowing lawn grass seeds, so choose your grass seed carefully! We recommend Manderley Seed. Find it here, at Hole's Greenhouses.

How To Properly Water Your Lawn

Watering is an important part of a healthy, green lawn. 

While watering anytime will work, there are serious advantages to watering at certain times of the day that will save you a whole lot of time, money, and most importantly water.

Watering during the daytime can work well. Generous amounts of water can be applied and allowed to soak in, but since the sun is out in full force, a lot of the water you're applying will be lost to evaporation. Which means it will take a lot more water, and time, to fully soak your lawn.

Watering in the night or early evening seems like the most convenient time to water your lawn. Since the sun is down, very little water will be lost to evaporation. However, the major disadvantage of this is the water will not soak into the grass at this time; it will only sit on top of the blades of grass, therefore providing a breeding ground for molds & fungus.

So when is the perfect time?

Watering before daybreak, or right at dawn is the most ideal time. Evaporation is at a minimal, and the rising sun will quickly dry the grass, reducing the likelihood of disease.

Of course, if you have things to do, waiting for your sprinkler to finish can be a pain. That's why a water timer from Dramm is so handy.

This timer easily attaches to your hose to automatically shut off your sprinkler for your desired time. Up to 120 minutes. And like all Dramm products, it comes with a lifetime warranty. (And comes in a variety of colours!)

When it comes to choosing a sprinkler type, there are lots of great options to choose from. Here are a few great options:

Spinning Sprinkler - Spinng sprinklers work well with water pressures between 20 and 80 psi, and are ideal for "well" systems with low water pressure.


The head atomizes water into fine droplets for less water usage and thorough watering. And creates a very unique and beautiful spray pattern covering an area up to 38' in diameter


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Oscillating Sprinklers - Oscillating Sprinklers are designed for increased stability, and deliver water over a rectangular area.  They feature large pattern controls for easy use with variable settings to cover up to 3,000 sq. ft.


Whirling Sprinklers - Whirling sprinklers give great even water distribution over a square area, and spray droplets rather than mist, so there is much less evaporation.  

Water coverage is up to 68" in diameter.


 

Spike Sprinklers - Spike sprinklers are mounted on a spike to push into the ground.  They give good even coverage. It has adjustable height, and the spray is easy to adjust between mist, stream, or spray, so it can be used in other parts of the garden if needed, such as flower or perennial beds. They also feature a  flow-through spike base so that multiple sprinklers can be connected into a series of sprinklers. 


Turret Sprinklers - Turret sprinklers give great, even coverage. Great for lawns as it covers square areas and holds the square pattern quite well. It gets into the corners and spreads the water perfectly for lawn and turf.  

Turret sprinklers spray droplets rather than mist, so there is much less evaporation.


Stop by Hole's Greenhouses to see all the Dramm watering accessories we carry. All backed with a lifetime warranty!

One Year's Seeding Is Seven Years Weeding

I know that some people find weeding rather uplifting and therapeutic. But I think that most would agree weeding is a job that is despised by the vast majority of gardeners. 

For me, weeding fields of cabbage and cauliflower ranked right up with shoveling the chicken manure out of our barn!

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But the one thing I learned over time was that having the right tools was critical for getting the weeding job done efficiently, effectively, and with the least amount of back bending.

The "weapons of choice" for winning the war on weeds (or at least the battle) was a combination of different tools.

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My recommended weapon of choice for any gardener is the stirrup hoe. It is a band of steel attached to a handle and is very proficient at cutting out weeds with much less effort than the conventional big "broad bladed" hoe.

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The Burgon and Ball hoe from Sheffield, England is a fabulous tool that will get weeds in spots that are too tight for the stirrup hoe and will even fit between concrete pads. Just keep the file handy!

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Finally, if you want to whack some weeds or even lawn grass that is getting a bit tall in spots, the Corona Grass whip is ideal. You can hold the Grass whip much like you would hold a golf club, so not only will you chop weeds and grass down to size but you might improve your golf game, as well.


As the saying goes for weeds, "One year seeding is seven years weeding".  In other words, if you let your weeds mature and drop their seeds…well, that will equal seven years of bad luck!

~Jim Hole