Aerate and Overseed Sept 1 – Oct 31

Aerate and Overseed Sept 1 – Oct 31

Aeration and Overseeding is the final operation to take back your lawn after you have prepped the battlefield. “As great as last year was for grass-growing, this year has been horrendous.” – Nancy Bosold, Penn State extension office Berk’s county. She wrote an excellent article addressing this summer’s issues. I have my 3-punch KO theory on what really happened to […]

The WiseGrass Kids!

The WiseGrass Kids!

Creating these videos brings the best out of our WildChildz. And sometimes the worst in their Daddy. The Lads kept interrupting me during this shoot. I tried six times to get through the dialog and each time they pulled some stunt that compelled yet an other take. Finally I gave up and joined ‘em. The […]

Prep the Battlefield

Prep the Battlefield

3 Steps to take back your lawn. So our lawns are looking a little shabby right now and we haven’t gotten a lot of rain this fall yet. What can we do to take back our lawns so that we can look like last year? I’ve got basically three things I have been doing to […]

Reeling From The 3-Punch Knock Out

Reeling From The 3-Punch Knock Out

What REALLY happened to lawns this summer? “As great as last year was for grass-growing, this year has been horrendous,” Nancy Bosold from the Penn State extension office in Berk’s county wrote an excellent article addressing this summer’s issues. Nancy includes a handful of painful lawn photos. She continues, “I can’t tell you how many times […]

Grass is for Tumbling!

Grass is for Tumbling!

How to Grow Grass in the Shade – Experts Weigh In!

How to Grow Grass in the Shade – Experts Weigh In!

Growing grass in the shade can be very frustrating if not impossible. This year seemed to be a whole lot worse with all the rain. It seems counter-intuitive but true indeed, extra rain aggravates grass in the shade. In the summer I spent two days at Rutgers University’s research fields in New Jersey. Originally my goal […]

What about Leaves and Fall Lawn Care?

What about Leaves and Fall Lawn Care?

A few questions about leaves and fall lawn care from Twitter: @WiseGrass Tip? What can I drop on my lawn now so I’ll have grass by spring? @WiseGrass Is it better for your lawn to rake your leaves, or to let your leaves decompose on your lawn as to, presumably, fertilize it? My Response: @”user” […]

The Cobbler’s Children…

The Cobbler’s Children…

A picture is worth a thousand words, right? Brielle and Soren showing off their Mongoose bikes. And you’re right, they have no shoes. This is our front lawn where Grandma Stoltzfus had planted her garden since 1966. Back when I was (was?) a kid I remember hoeing weeds in the garden right where the kids are standing. […]

Sculptured Edges – The Art of Trimming Your Grass

Sculptured Edges – The Art of Trimming Your Grass

Your lawn will look only as good as the edges. Trim your grass edges perfectly and everything will fall into place. Benefits of trimming your grass at a 45 degree angle: The turf looks thicker since there is about 4” of edge on a 3” mower cut. You can get away with trimming less often because […]

Compete with Yourself

Compete with Yourself

Don’s lawn looks excellent as you drive by. It is much better than the neighbor’s lawn and you would think everything is clicking along just fine. On closer inspection the health of individual plants is a bit different story. The first thing I notice is a slight variation in color across the lawn. As I walk […]