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Spring Fever
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 • Posted March 16, 2010 10:00 PM

Spring fever has hit the Blanco area. Have you noticed the Bradford pear, peach, plum and redbuds in bloom? We have only three weeks until Easter. Keep your fingers crossed and say a prayer that we will skip the Easter freeze. We need a successful peach crop this year.

Most of the lawns look terrible. This past season has been rough on all plants, so the lawns have taken a beating. The moisture that was received this fall has been very helpful. If your lawn is overseeded with Winter Rye, continue to mow as usual; the heat will kill the rye. If the lawn is full of weeds and dead grass, lower the mower blade to mow the lawn. After mowing, fertilize with a good slo-release fertilizer (all organic fertilizer is slo-release) and add a layer of compost.

If you have a build-up of thatch, catch the cuttings in the grass catcher. Place the cuttings in an area to be used later as mulch or add to the compost pile. Spraying the lawn with Medina Plus will help the thatch to dissolve into the soil to help loosen hard packed soils. If you aren’t concerned with thatch, let the cuttings lay. It will help build the soil.

If you have dead areas, dig good chucks of grass (about 1 inch square) and dig into the bare area and place in a good plug. Step on the piece to make sure the soils have connected. Water in and keep the transplanted plugs wet for approximately 10-12 days. If a large area is dead or you are starting a new lawn, solid sod would be the surest way to get a good lawn.

If you have wildflowers in grassy areas, you should mow this week. It will be several weeks before you can mow again and save the wildflowers. The seed must dry and spread before cutting if you want flowers next year.

The bluebonnets are beginning to bloom. The larkspur is almost ready to bloom. It will be a lovely spring.

Tip: Keep the mower blades sharp and clean. If someone else is cutting your lawn with their mower, ask them to wash the blades with alcohol before cutting yours. It will save on fungus disease.

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